Some news items first:
- Congrats to Aki Kurose for winning the City's competition for best middle school attendance. They got Mollie Moon ice cream for the whole school. This is the second competition they have won (the other was a national attendance competition).
- SPS has won a grant for $241k for fresh fruit and veggies for our food program. This continues a program for a fruit or veggie snack for students and will go to 13 elementary schools where their F/RL rate is 80% or more.
- One of my favorite little bookshops, Ada's Technical Books, is having a good program this Thursday the 12th at 7 p.m. with author, Jessica Sklar. She will be discussing her book, Mathematics in Popular Culture; Essays on Appearances in Film, Fiction, Games, TV and other Media. From their website:
What do the movies "Mean Girls," "The Incredible Hulk," and "Cube" have in common? They all feature a bit of math ... and get it wrong. What other works of fiction get it wrong? What ones get it right? What ones get it really right---that is, what works convey some essential aspect of mathematics, or of the experience of doing math (perhaps without the watcher or reader even realizing that's what happening)? In this talk, we'll discuss some of the best and worst representations of mathematics in pop culture. Feel free to come prepared with any particular examples you'd like to have discussed!
What's on your mind?