Posts Tagged ‘explained’


Could this be our new Maths Rock Star?

April 18, 2016

Could this be our new Maths Rock Star?

So Canada has a Prime Minister who not only understands Quantum Computers, he is really excited by the possibilities. And look at the blackboard behind him mathspiggies. That’s BIG TIME maths.

Grant Imahara (below), an engineering graduate, star of the TV show Myth Busters and more or less a Maths Rock Star himself, claims that bringing back esteem and awe for scientists and scientific studies will boost student interest in science and maths.


“We need rock stars. In the 60s astronauts were rock stars … Everyone wanted to be an astronaut” said Imahara.

(Behind America’s Decline in Math, Science and Technology, USNEWS, 13 Nov 2013)

Justin Trudeau may just fit the bill. Justin is 44 years old. He first studied English Literature, graduating with a BA. After completing his BEd he worked as a teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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Here is Justin in front of the blackboard. Look at the blackboard content.

It’s Middle School Maths!!!

Contrary to the general belief that Bachelor of Arts students don’t get maths, Justin went back to university and studied engineering. Then he tackled a Master’s Degree in Environmental Geography. He used his public profile to advocate for various causes and acted in the 2007 TV miniseries The Great War. He was elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and won the elections as leader of the Liberal Party in 2015, becoming Canada’s second youngest Prime Minister ever.

So Justin Trudeau really puts the GLAM in GEEK. He is a well-read actor, environmentalist, maths-geek Prime Minister. And a boxer too. We could do with a few more poiticians like him!!!


Then, maybe, all elections could be settled like this in the future!! Ha!


1. Hokey Pokey Algorithm

November 25, 2015

1a Mathspig Hokey pokey
Here’s the Hokey Pokey:

You put your right foot in
You take your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

1b. Hokey Pokey

Why are algorithms as easy as the Hokey Pokey?

Because the Hokey Pokey is an algorithm or a set of steps that have to be taken to complete a task (see below) and the task is having fun and/or being really embarrassed by your parents in public. Whatever!

2. Algorithm 1
3. Algorithm 2
For more information about algorithms go to the Khan Academy here.

We are going to look at texts including a maths test to check their readability. Here are just a few songs with their age and Grade readability scores:
Hokey Pokey (above) = Grade 3 = 9 yo
Frosty the Snowman = Grade 5 = 11 yo
Hello by Adele = Grade 5 = 11 yo
Wildest Dream = Taylor Swift = Grade 3 = 9 yo
Russians* Sting = Grade 6 = 12 yo
* Most complicated lyrics I know. Any other suggestions?