Recently, Columbia Basin College's math department held a family-friendly Math Night with no limits on age or mathematical understanding. Students and faculty presented for an educational, fun-filled two hours in the world of math. The event brought out the diversity of our community in the participants and presenters, and how math is used in a diverse number of occupations and life events.
There were demonstrations, quizzes, games, video and other avenues echoing information that teachers and parents may have been trying to teach, but in a hands-on manner. There was a huge array of information given, and time for sharing and answering questions. This is a program that not only should be continued but also cloned.
My grandchildren were invigorated and involved as they were shown how math is part of life from origami to space navigation. Math Night is a great example of how Columbia Basin College gives back to the community. Social change is only obtained when people are willing to reach out to others growing weary in the process regardless to the hardship or personal sacrifice.
Math Night is a very worthy event that teaches math application, leadership, volunteerism and giving back.
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Edgar Hargrow, Pasco