|Auckley planning a fun activity.|
This project provides math activities and opportunities for K-12 Navajo students in the Southwest.
A documentary on this will be aired on PBS in September--check your listings.
Included in the outreach are visits by prominent mathematicians to schools, teacher workshops, a spring festival and summer camp.
Instead of paperwork, the project uses such tools as dice, Rubik's cubes, and puzzles involving traditional Navajo culture. It is a low stress, grade-free environment.
One lesson is you can keep playing even without finding the answer right away. A good life lesson.
The Navajos being served by this project live in the Four Corners area. Thirty percent have no telephone, 30% have no electricity, and 30% have no running water.
Yet, participants are succeeding in HS and going on to higher ed.
Now we need to do percentages--and lower those percentages of those without amenities. Maybe the kids who go on to college will have something to do with that.