By Jayme Taylor, Communication Manager, Clover Park School District
Math isn’t just for the students of Clover Park High School. Parents, staff members and the community are invited to solve a monthly “open problem,” [download math problem here] courtesy of math teacher Mark Cloud. This is the third school year that Cloud has hosted the math challenge. Cloud got the idea from his colleagues, who were challenging each other with problems, and from his former college classmates, who complained about the lack of math in their lives after graduation.
Participants can compete for prizes in one of four categories: youth individual; youth team; adult individual and adult team. Submissions are due Monday, Nov. 1 and can be e-mailed to Cloud at firstname.lastname@example.org or turned in at Clover Park High School
“I hope to show that math is not just something that we must struggle through while in school,” explained Cloud. “Math is something that people do for fun, for self improvement and for the sheer beauty that it brings to one’s life. I suggest that people stop looking at learning as a chore and come to see it as a gift of being alive.”