Math-adventurous kids are visiting our Olympia office over the next couple weeks as part of the Thurston County Chamber’s Math for Life Scavenger Hunt. The program, generously incentivized with prizes and giveaways, is helping show students the importance of math beyond school.
Students (and their parents) are dropping by to see how engineers use math every day. Those visiting five or more businesses are entered for a drawing. Prizes include day passes to Great Wolf Lodge and an Acer Aspire computer, among others.
Ross Jarvis, a SCJ engineer said; “One of the Mathletes, Nick, was exceptionally bright for a 5th grader. He was doing 7th grade math problems (in his head) with ease. He was able to comprehend what it is we do at Shea Carr Jewell and how we use math every day.”
Seeing this kind of energy from up and coming engineers is one of the reasons our staff look forward to events like this. SCJ’s Whitney Golob was impressed by “Their enthusiasm for the free Shea Carr Jewell note pad.” After all, what’s not to love about FREE?
Did you enjoy math as a child? What would or do you do to keep kids interested in using math outside of school?