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International Math Festival Returns to Douglas County School This Weekend

Students participate in festival

A world-wide festival will return to one Douglas County School this weekend. The Julia Robinson Math Festival is sponsored across the globe each year and for the second time it will be held at Franktown Elementary School.

Student works on a math problem“The thinking behind Julia Robinson is to inspire mathematical thinking and problem solving. Julia Robinson was a mathematician and the tasks she designed were all open ended and problem solving. It is great for kids because its non-competitive and there isn’t any risk to it. They just get to try problems they are manipulative based. There are games and puzzles. Just tons of opportunities for kids to dig in and explore and learn more about math,” says Susan Meyer, a fourth-grade teacher at Franktown Elementary.

Students work on math problemsLast year nearly 100 students from the Parker area attended the festival. This year, any student between third-grade and eighth-grade is welcome to attend the festival and test their skills on several different problem solving math questions.

“The whole purpose is to get kids inspired and to feel good about math. For some kids who area really passionate about math this is an opportunity for them to see that there are other kids just like them. You don’t have to be really good at math – this is just a great opportunity to really explore and play,” says Susan.

There is still lots of registration space available. You can visit here to sign up for the event or go here to visit the Julia Robinson Math Festival page for more information. This weekend’s event is taking place Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Franktown Elementary School. 

November 8, 2017 | By acarlson1 | Category: Schools

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