Math@IMSA: Friday

Math@IMSA: Friday

Today was game changing! Students were able to finally share their cryptography scavenger hunt with their peers! After working for many days to create the patterns, and clues students shared their games and their patterns. Using their knowledge and skills to decode they had time to solve the patterns and locate the items on their hunt. This event was exciting and creative in many ways! All students were winners as everyone shared a scavenger hunt that was challenging and engaging!

Ask your student:

How can you take advantage of patterns in your everyday life?

How can you establish patterns in your everyday life that will help you be successful?

Math@IMSA: Thursday

Math@IMSA: Thursday

Today participants worked in small groups to design a scavenger hunt for their peers. Using cryptography and pattern recognition, students designed and shared their scavenger hunt across campus. The process of checking their clues, accurately modeling them and distributing them to their classmates was an exciting time for all! The hunt is on!

Ask your student:

Which pattern or cryptography pattern worked the best for you today?

What is the purpose of cryptography? Explain a time in your life when you might want to use it.

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Math@IMSA: Wednesday

Math@IMSA: Wednesday

Today students took their knowledge of sequence and applied it to encrypted text. Learning to decrypt a Vigenere cipher was an adventure today as students worked together to understand permutations. Students manipulated materials such as cardboard, construction paper, playing chips and represented permutations as functions, cycles and graphs. Students are preparing and excited for the next step where they will design scavenger hunts for their partners using techniques from the past few days!

Ask your student:

What clues might you want to give to someone during a scavenger hunt?

Which encryption technique did they like the best and why?

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Math@IMSA: Tuesday

Math@IMSA: Tuesday

Students are exploring the patterns and relationships between the numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence. Using manipulatives, cut-outs and graph paper students dove into the construction of sequences. Continuing their exploration of patterns students used street maps to explore Pascal’s Triangle. Working in small groups students explored the relationships between Fibonacci Numbers, Pascal’s Triangle and the Golden Ratio. This lead to the exploration of irrational numbers and the embedded fractions within each challenging sequence!

Ask your student:

Ask your student to summarize some of the properties they learned about today!

Ask them what was the most interesting thing they learned about a sequence of numbers?

Math @ IMSA: Monday

Math @ IMSA: Monday

What is the difference between a cipher and a code? Ask your students! Today, students were engaged in an exciting activity where they decrypted messages using various transposition and substitution ciphers. Ask your student about their findings!  In small groups throughout the day students used their new knowledge of ciphers to encrypt messages and design keys to their messages. While sharing in small groups students discussed the historical background of ciphers and worked on a team to manipulate four different types of ciphers. Student will continue to examine and manipulate these ciphers all week in small groups and independently.

Ask your student:

Summarize some of the properties which we learned about within a cypher?

Describe the procedure to quickly and easily decode a monoalphabetic substitution cipher?

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Math @ IMSA

Math @ IMSA

Geometry, Algebra and Calculus.  Why do I need to know that? Join us as we explore the real world application of mathematical concepts.  Participants will be guided by IMSA staff as they collaborate to apply math to their own world.

Here’s a problem to start you of. The clue: describe the previous number. Can you figure out what number will continue the pattern?

1

11

21

1211

111221

312211

13112221

… What comes next?