Students don't always like math.
Problem: Studients don't know math - sure
they might know how to multiply, how to factor a polynomial, how to make a scatterplot,
but they don't know its history, its stories, its connections, its challenges, its uses,
Problem: They don't know where to go to find
out more. Parents often don't know either. And teachers don't always have the
Solution: The (great!) Newton's Window
Mathematics Treasure Hunt.
It is no secret that we love math, here at Newton's Window. It
is no secret that Suzanne is about as crazy about mathematics as a person can be.
The picture of her hero - Sir Isaac, as he's called around here - is on four walls
of her house. She sends math problems to friends as birthday gifts! On cold
nights she takes us outside
to look at the stars and tells us the story of
Mary Fairfax Sommerville, the British woman who was not allowed to study mathematics as a
girl, and later went on to explain great mathematics to the continent of Europe, and whose
book led John Couch Adams to
discover the planet Neptune.
It is also no secret that very
few students today know the great stories from math's history, that few students are able
to make connections between all the units we teach them, that few are aware of the
precious resources all around them, that could take them into the great
"cathedral" of mathematics and help them discover corners of it that especially
It is no secret that few
students think of math as anything more than a subject in school with lots of numbers,
procedures, and then when they get to algebra, lots of letters and procedures.
She wanted to change that.
And she remembered something
her uncle did for his neices and nephews, when she was young.
And she created the (great!) Newton's Window Mathematical
She had created a smaller
version and included it in the Newton's Window Math Bags. It was wonderfully
successful, but it had one problem: it wasn't big enough. It stopped too soon.
So she created a bigger and better one.
It will be here in November,
And the best thing
about it is what is true about all of our products, here at Newton's Window: No batteries required. Just a brain.