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Camp Logic

Instructor: Lisa Armstrong

Intended Grades: 3-4

Dates: June 24-28, 1-4pm

The content for this camp will be based on the book Camp Logic, by mathematician Mark Saul and mathematics educator Sian Zelbo, which states:

"The games and activities in this book give students an informal and playful introduction to the very nature of mathematics and its underlying structure. Students may be surprised to see that many of the games and puzzles involve very little if any arithmetic, and when they do, the arithmetic is not what makes the puzzle challenging. Rather, the challenge is the reasoning itself. The theme that runs throughout the activities, and in fact throughout the subject of mathematics, is the idea of an “implication,” that new information can be derived from old through a chain of reasoning. While the idea of implication is subtle, and students may be years away from a formal understanding, they can practice and sharpen their intuitions with interesting puzzles, stories, and games. In doing so they will develop some of the same skills that they will be harnessing in learning more traditional mathematical material."

Students attending should... be comfortable with addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers, and willing to puzzle through new puzzles or games.

Sample problem: If H, E, N, and G represent different digits, and HEN + E = EGG, then what does each letter represent?

This is the second year this camp has been offered.  Students who have participated in this camp in the past are strongly encouraged to select a different camp.

Department of Mathematics
Michigan State University
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-0844
Fax: (517) 432-1562

College of Natural Science