Chance Champs – Friday
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A mathematical, hands-on exploration of concepts of probability using a variety of games.
Probability is one of the most fun topics in all of mathematics – and one of the most useful to understand out in the real world! But sadly, when the academic standards were revamped a few years ago, probability was moved out of the elementary grades and into middle school math. Mr. Arrowsmith is on a mission to bring this awesome topic back to Bryant!
Participants will learn basic probability concepts, such as describing chance and calculating it with fractions and percents, then test our theories through hands-on experiments. We’ll explore the math behind flipping coins, rolling dice, spinners, a deck of cards, drawing marbles from a bag—and design our own board games! It’s a math class with no tests or grades, designed for curious minds who enjoy critical thinking and learning by doing. It’s also a great way to improve understanding around fractions, a notoriously tricky concept.
How many tries will it take you to draw one of the three blue marbles out of the bag? Are you more likely to flip tails three times in a row or roll “snake eyes”? Come join us to find out! In fact, Mr. Arrowsmith has already calculated the probability that you’ll sign up for this class. (The odds look good.)
Due to the advanced nature of the math involved (fractions, percents, basic multiplication and division), this course is designed for students grades 3-5. If you have a 2nd grader who wishes to sign up, please wait until the course returns in the Spring.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a club or a camp, it’s a structured academic course students may only take once. It will be offered again in the Spring, and next year!
Instructor: John Arrowsmith
Day of Week: Fridays
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Dates of classes: 10/6, no class 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, no class 11/10, 11/17, no class 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, – 7 classes
Location: Room 307
John Arrowsmith is a 2nd grade teacher at Bryant Elementary, where he has taught for 13 years. His passion is math, and he loves creating engaging activities that promote critical thinking.