# CAMP 2024 Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Bard Math CAMP 2024!

CAMPers started the day with some opening activities designed to get minds moving. “Top This!” and “Block by Block”, along with other various games, were not only fun but also great for sharpening problem-solving skills. Everyone enjoyed the variety games, adding a sense of excitement and energy to the morning.

In Japheth’s Math Class, CAMPers began by reviewing yesterday’s lessons and assignments. CAMPers had been tasked with looking up the names of certain polygons, such as 19-sided and 20-sided polygons. Japheth and CAMPers went over these names and used new formulas to figure out the interior angles of these large polygons.

The class also explored 5-pointed star polygons, learning about the internal angles of these stars and discussed the properties that differentiate them from regular polygons. One of the highlights was understanding why tessellations of a flat plane can be reduced to hexagons, triangles, and squares. The CAMPers grasped this concept through an algebraic proof, blending geometric insight with algebraic reasoning.

Frances’ Math Class was guided through the world of regular polygons. Building on yesterday’s lesson on tessellating triangles and discovering that their angles sum up to 180 degrees, the class applied this knowledge to explore the angles in other polygons.

CAMPers reviewed the properties of regular polygons and calculated the measure of each angle in these shapes. Using pattern blocks, they created tessellations and demonstrated the necessity for all angles meeting at a vertex to sum up to 360 degrees.

Following their morning classes, CAMPers were able to sit outside in the sun and enjoy their lunch provided by Tastebudd’s Cafe, located in Red Hook, NY.

After lunch, CAMPers enjoyed a variety of activities!

Some CAMPers played various lawn games outside of Kline Commons with Mason and Gemma:

Frances dazzled others with mathematical card tricks, teaching CAMPers how to execute them on their own:

And Shiven led a session on circuits, where CAMPers created a circuit using copper tape and LED lights, while designing the front of their project to incorporate their respective LED light colors. Tomorrow, they will connect their batteries to their projects to conduct electricity through their circuits, completing their innovative creations!

In the Cosecant and Secant Art Classes, Shoshi introduced CAMPers to the intriguing concept of Origami Hexatetraflexagons. These fascinating geometric shapes added an imaginative twist to the day. CAMPers explored the construction and properties of hexatetraflexagons, learning how to fold and manipulate these paper structures to reveal hidden faces and patterns.

Shoshi encouraged CAMPers to experiment with colors and designs within their hexatetraflexagons. This activity not only honed their origami skills but also provided a deeper appreciation for the geometric principles behind these captivating shapes. The session was filled with creativity and excitement as CAMPers marveled at the beautiful results of their work!

Yulia’s Cosecant and Secant Computer Science Classes continued to explore the exciting world of computer science. CAMPers started by reviewing topics from yesterday on NetLogo, such as creating turtles, setting colors and attributes, and switching from observer mode to turtle mode. Yulia reemphasized that algorithms are like recipes – order matters!

CAMPers then expanded their skills by learning about patches, how to change the color of the world, and making the turtles do various things. Yulia showed CAMPers how to change the turtles directions to draw complex patterns and how to teleport their turtles. These new skills allowed CAMPers to create even more intricate and colorful designs with their turtles.

As the second day came to an end, CAMPers gathered once again in the Art classroom for the final activities of the day. They dove into games, took on another Math Challenge, and socialized with their new friends as they awaited their families’ arrivals.

(P.S., In case your CAMPer is interested in using NetLogo at home, the download link is embedded in the bolded NetLogo phrase under Yulia’s CS Class section. Have fun!)

## One Reply to “CAMP 2024 Day 2”

1. Christy says:

I am immensely grateful to the organizer of the math camp for providing an enriching experience for the children. It is crucial for children to have the opportunity to explore and engage with new concepts as part of their developmental journey.