Math and the World

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We just shared our highs and lows of today with our ragg groups. My high was doing more modular arithmetic, and my low was that we left on a confused note somewhat because we had to stop mid problem at the end of class today.

Other people talked about their high of the day being learning about the psychology behind murder, having a deep philosophical debate, playing trivia, having the Frozen sing-a-long, and preparing for TIPsync (our lip sinc competition on Friday). Then some lows had to do with it being hot out side, having a bad translation of Antigone to read, not having whole milk at breakfast, and not being able to remember a word in Latin. These are some of the things you may only hear at Nerd Camp; I love it so much!

Today we asked a lot of questions about “why does this work”, and it reminded me how such a simple question can have such a long, deep meaning. It’s amazing how when you start asking “why” you really can uncover a lot of interesting information about the world. Yes the whole world. We are doing math, but we are also talking about war, what information needs to be kept more secure than others, problem solving for ways to send information, discussing time (and relative time), discovering how ancient governments compare to modern day government, and also testing our knowledge of linguistics. Talk about a bunch of transdiciplinary learning!

What if more courses in school had some cool name like “Spy 101” where you focus on a general topic, in this case “cryptography and number theory”, but then you still have room to explore deeper into examples of why the information is useful and how people have and could use the information, as well as look at different subject topics?

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