It’s Whitney again, letting you all know about a new activity this semester called Puzzles and Engineering. Yes, I will be co-leading this activity (Friday afternoons) with Jeremy Burke, a fellow sophomore and a math major. He and I are planning so many fun activities based on math and problem-solving skills. This Friday we will be getting to know our scholars and starting our first challenge- building skyscrapers! Keep checking out the blog for pictures and updates!
See you all on Friday,
Hello Mentors and Parents!
Next week we will be starting the second semester of VAST for this year. For any new mentors, my name is Whitney Manhart, a sophomore and former mentor. This year I am updating the blog with news articles related to math and science which you may use for your scholars. As many of you already know or will soon find out, there is often some down time at the end of each tutoring session, so feel free to find these articles/activities to keep your scholars engaged. I am also a resource! If any of your scholars are interested in a topic, please email me at my @vassar address with requests for activities or news articles.
I will also be organizing an activity on Fridays based on engineering (which sounds boring), but it will involve lots of crafty projects and opportunities for scholars, so let them know!
That’s all for now, and I can’t wait to see you at VAST,
Hey Mentors and Parents!
Here is a link to some cute brainteasers for your scholars: http://www.digitallesson.com/downloads/20Questions.pdf
And here are links to three more science articles:
This first one is about a new planet that is similar to Earth, except in temperature:
The second is about how eating fish during pregnancy may reduce chances of ADHD:
And the third is about the importance of hair and whiskers for mammals:
Have a great week at VAST!
Katie Torrisi and Tjashana Browne make up Team Fun!
Katie is a sophomore at Vassar and is studying to become an English teacher. Tjashana is an eighth-grader and wants to become a surgical nurse. Her favorite subject in school is math.
Both Tjashana and Katie love fashion and wearing bright colors and crazy hairstyles. Tjashana’s favorite movies are by Tyler Perry. She really likes the Medea movies. If Tjashanac could go anywhere in the world, she would go back to Jamaica and Anguilla. Katie plans to study abroad in Ireland and Costa Rica. Tjashana and Katie have a lot in common and are very fun people!
Here is a website with some silly math games that deal with fractions and euclidean coordinates. http://hotmath.com/games.html