Monthly Mathematical Poetry

Speaker: Cassidy Kao, IEA student and Founder of iPoetTree
Cost: Free!
Ages: 8-12
11:30am-12:30pm PST
Third Saturday of each month, unless otherwise specified:
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19
January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17

THIS WORKSHOP SERIES WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE ONLY
 Zoom links will be sent upon registration.
*Participants may attend the entire series or just a specific workshop. Workshop selection will be designated on enrollment forms. 

These mathematical poetry workshops combine poetry with math in an 8-part series, covering simple geometry, Fibonacci numbers and sequences, ancient math, topology, cryptology, knot theory, algorithms, and fractals. Each workshop will also have some fun art and craft activities to enhance the understanding of math and poetry concepts!

Week 1 - Geometry (September 19, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
This week, we’ll be starting off with some basic geometry -- triangles, in particular. For poetry, we’ll be learning about concrete poems using simple shapes, or shapes of students’ choice.
Required materials: paper (origami, preferably, but regular notebook/printer paper is alright!)
 
Week 2 - Fibonacci Numbers (October 17, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 2, we’ll talk about the characteristics of Fibonacci numbers and what makes them so special! We’ll also be writing fibs -- a type of poem that relies on the Fibonacci numbers and syllables. 
Required materials: paper (preferably graph paper), writing utensil
 
Week 3 - Ancient Math (November 21, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 3, we’re going to learn about the math of three different ancient civilizations, then write some number sense poems. Then, we’ll practice with the different number systems we learned. 
Required materials: paper, writing utensil
 
Week 4 - Topology (December 19, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 4, students will be introduced to very basic theoretical topology and how it affects real life! We’ll also write transforming poems and see how Mobius strips work. 
Required materials: paper, scissors, tape, writing utensil
 
Week 5 - Cryptology (January 16, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 5, we’ll learn about cryptology and how it’s used in real life. Students will learn two different coding systems, and learn to encode their own poems. 
Required materials: paper, writing utensil
 
Week 6 - Knot Theory (February 20, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 6, we’ll learn about knot theory and different knots, along with what makes a knot a knot and how to differentiate different knots. We’ll also create poems using knots and create our own knots! 
Required materials: paper clips, string
 
Week 7 - Algorithms (March 20, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 7, students will learn what an algorithm is, and how they work. We’ll also write algorithm acronym poems based on random generators. 
Required materials: none
 
Week 8 - Fractals (April 17, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In our last week, we’ll learn about three different fractals, and what fractals are. Students will also create their own fractals and write poems based on the fractal they draw. 
Required materials: paper, writing utensil

About the Speaker

Cassidy is a published author of poetry books and the founder of a nonprofit organization, iPoetTree. Her mission is to inspire young children to love writing through poetry. She offers free poetry workshops to children from kindergarten to sixth grade in the community and wherever she travels to. Cassidy has many varied interests, from writing poetry to playing the piano to learning about rocks and minerals. But when you ask her what her favorite subject is, she says it’s math! In her spare time, Cassidy is an avid reader and enjoys hanging out with her friends to shoot silly homemade movies. She is excited to share her love of poetry with others and hopes to inspire more kids to create their own poetic masterpieces.