Developing a “can do” spirit around math is important, and Kansas City Math Week will show families the way during Remake Learning Days. Organized by ST Math, Kansas City Math Week challenges the community to reach 2 million minutes of math in just one week!
ST Math’s online stories and games, available in both Spanish and English, are grounded in the world around us allowing the experience to be about math, literacy, history and geography in a culturally relevant way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana and China.
During Math Week, families can use these games as part of a nightly story time routine or fit them whenever works.
Making Math Fun
Families will find more math fun from Remake Learning Days event hosts around the region. Here’s a sampling:
Saturday, May 1
Mathapalooza in the Park: Combine math and art with fun and games and you have Mathapalooza in the Park! Join the fun from 10 a.m. to noon at Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Road. Meet by the pond area. The free event is for all ages.
Saturday, May 8
Sum of Our Favorite Numbers by Leslie and Jay Cady is a really fun math show for the entire family. Juggling, humor and a wacky fairy tale will show the many reasons we love numbers during the 30-minute show streamed live at 10 a.m. on Kansas City Young Audiences’ Facebook page.
Mathapalooza will offer two online meetups, with hands-on activities led over Zoom. The 10 a.m. session is designed for K-2nd graders and will last 30 minutes; the 11 a.m. session for students in grades 3 through 8 will run about 40 minutes.
Score Points with Lessons from the Playing Field
For the sports lover, using games like baseball to introduce and practice math skills can be a winning move. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Science of Sport have lined up lessons and online events perfect for a Math Week celebration!
Saturday, May 1
KNOW THE SCORE!: Baseball Score Keeping, History and Basics with Science of Sport at 11 a.m. is a family-friendly look at the basics of keeping a scorebook. It features special guests Paul Dickson (author of “The Joy of Keeping Score”) and Dr. Max Utsler, one of the official scorers for Major League Baseball and the Kansas City Royals. The program is free and will broadcast live on the NLBM Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.
Monday, May 3
As part of Kansas City’s Remake Learning LIVE series, students get a quick lesson on how to measure their own strike zone with the help of Sluggerr! and Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery during the Kansas City Spotlight on KSHB’s Midday Show. Science of Sport, which created this activity, and the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, have everything you need to go more in depth with these Baseball and Softball STEM Lessons shared as part of Remake Learning Days.
Wednesday, May 5
Bring some science into the baseball mix during this live chat with MLB shortstop Paul DeJong, hosted by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Linda Hall Library.
Monday, May 10
Wrap up Remake Learning Days by taking a trip to STRAT-School, where you can learn math skills using the classic fantasy baseball game Strat-O-Matic!