Mattie B. Uzzle 12/2

On Friday we had a plan to make electromagnetic motors, but when we got there, it did not work. This taught us the lesson that you should always have a backup plan. We may go back later and do the electromagnetic motors, but with a lot more testing. Luckily, due to some quick thinking by two of our volunteers, they fashioned a last-second math lesson.

They wrote the numbers of Pascal’s Triangle onto cups, and began to build a pyramid of the cups with the numbers on them. The volunteer would then ask them what the next layer’s numbers would be, to see if they understood the pattern of Pascal’s Triangle. Although they were taught the significance of Pascal’s Triangle, mostly because most of them don’t know Algebra, it was a unique, fun way to learn a high-level concept that would help them later down the road when they did learn Pascal’s Triangle.

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