# Palo Alto Lawn Bowling Math

If you are looking for a fun new game to play with friends, look no further than Palo Alto’s Lawn Bowling Club! Never heard of lawn bowling?  No problem, I will explain everything you need to know about this fun game of angles and acrobatics. Then, if you want to try the game yourself, you can head to the courts in Palo Alto and try out your bowling arm.

In order to play the game, you need a jack ( small white ball), and a set of rolling balls. The aim of the game is to roll your team’s balls as close to the jack as possible, especally closer than your opponent’s rolling balls! The balls are weighted to one side, so you have to perfect the angle of the ball, and the aim and strength of your toss in order to get the rolling ball going the direction you desire. Though our bodies may adjust to this automatically, as we adjust to walking upright when carrying something on only one side, we are subconsciously doing complex calculations to keep balance and roll the ball straight towards the jack.

As you can see from the picture of people playing the lawn bowling game, sometimes you even have to bend down to keep stable, and to better see which exact angle you are throwing the ball in. Though this game is much different than regular bowling, it requires the same amount of practice and attention to the throwing speed and angle. The best part about it is, you can play lawn bowling outside! And Palo Alto has the perfect climate for this type of outdoor fun. See you on the green!

# Possible Math Career: Stanford Researcher!

When faced with a  challenging math problem, many kids ask “why am I doing this?” or “when I will ever use this?”. A lot of times these questions are dismissed, but the students’ question of “how will learning this help me in the future?” is a very valid point. Well, if your child wants to know of a career that will require mathematical knowledge, look no further than your backyard! Many professors and researchers and even lab technicians working at Stanford use advanced math, and make really cool and useful things using it!

### Possible Research Projects that require math

• Brain modeling. Researching make computer models of brain parts to figure out their functions.
• Learning robots! At Stanford, researchers are building and testing robots that can learn and make decisions all on their own, using computer science and math.
• Energy saving technologies. Researchers also use math — algebra, calculus, statistics, etc– to design technologies, such as electric engines and solar powered systems that help reduce our consumption of oil and in turn save the environment.

In order to work on all these cool projects, Stanford researchers had to first master all the skills that young math students are learning right now. If you want to work on something cool like this one day, make sure to constantly practice and work on your math skills little by little!

Mathnasium can help. Want more? Make sure to check out our other posts about summer camps around the bay area. In addition to registering for cool camps, don’t forget to leave time for relieving summer “brain drain” at Mathnasium this summer! Visit our websiteat  http://www.mathnasium.com/paloalto-menlopark

# Math Rhymes (at the Palo Alto Public Library!)

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# Palo Alto Park Tour & Math

Palo Alto has a lot of park space, and many parks you probably haven’t been to before. They are all green and public and fun to hang out in, so why don’t you go on a tour of all the Palo Alto parks!

## Park Facts and Problems

One of the biggest parks in Palo Alto is Mitchell Park, which has open space, a running path, playgrounds and even tennis courts. This park is 21.4 acres big. Another Palo Alto park, Johnson Park, is only 2.5 acres large. This park has a playground, garden plots, and open picnic areas. How much bigger is Mitchell Park than Johnson Park? These two parks are 4.0 miles apart. If you want to bike between the two parks, and you bike at a pace of 6 minutes per 1 mile, how long will it take you to bike from one park to the other?

Now that you know a bit more about a couple parks, why don’t we look at facts about all the parks in Palo Alto? According to Palo Alto’s official website, the city has about 4,500 acres of land dedicated to public parks. If there are 28 neighborhood parks, what size is the average Palo Alto park?

Thanks for learning more about Palo Alto Parks, and for doing math problems along with us!

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# Dinosaur Math in Palo Alto

Tyrannosaurus Math was born with an affinity for math. As soon as he hatches from his shell, he counts his fingers and toes. In my favorite math story to date, math makes T-Math the smartest and most powerful dinosaur in all the land. This book is the perfect read for your dinosaur-loving, aspiring mathematician child. The story will capture your child’s attention from the start and they will be eager to implicate T-Math’s problem-solving strategies in their own life so they too can be the smartest and most powerful of their kind. T-Math’s excitement for math will inspire your child to approach math with the same eagerness and positive attitude. Throughout the story, T-Math’s family is uninterested in learning mathematics. Once T-Math uses math to rescue his sister who is left stranded after the ground splits open from an earthquake, his siblings realize math’s powerful potential. From then on, T-Math taught his family math, allowing his family to solve all of the problems that came their way. Overall, this book combines good story-telling with various math problems that your child will need to know while attending elementary school in the Palo Alto, Atherton, or Menlo Park school district as well as at other schools in the Bay Area. For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

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# How do astronauts from the Bay Area use math?

## Ever wanted to be an astronaut?

Almost every kid has dreamed about floating up in space among the stars and asteroids, or looking down on our blue marble while walking on the moon. Even if being an astronaut isn’t your dream job anymore, you have to admit that travelling beyond this world way out of the Bay Area sounds pretty cool! And guess what? It gets even better, because:

Even rock star astronauts use math in their job ever single day.

In order to get a a spacecraft outside of Earth’s atmosphere and beyond, scientist and astronauts have to precisely calculate the route and speed the ship will travel in. Once the spacecraft is in space, math is still needed!

Advanced math and engineering is used to pilot the vehicle, keep the temperature and air pressure constant inside the ship, and most importantly, to get our astronauts back to Earth safely. If you’ve ever visited NASA in the Bay Area, you probably saw that math is also used to build spacecrafts, communicate between the astronauts an the control center, and create models of newly discovered places in the universe.

If you want to work as an astronaut in the future, or have another cool job in architecture, education, medicine, economics, or many other fields around the Bay Area or the world, you need to know and enjoy math. So get those brains mathin’ !

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# Palo Alto Mural Math

Palo Alto have several cool murals that you should check out. Murals are artworks that are painted straight on a wall, usually outside for the public to enjoy. Around California Avenue in Palo Alto, there are some cool outdoor murals on some of the side streets, that you can go on a tour of next time you visit Palo Alto, or after Mathnasium one day (Cal Ave. is only 5 minutes away!). Here are some pictures of the Palo Alto Murals.

Murals are super diverse, as you can see just from this selection of murals on one street in Palo Alto! Artists are often commissioned by cities or building owners to paint murals, meaning that the artists are called and asked to paint a specific scene or theme on a building, or they are just given the permission to run with their imagination.

Now that you know a bit more about murals, let’s do some fun math.

## Mural Problems

• You are buying paint to complete a mural at your house. You buy 4 gallons of blur paint, 2 gallons of pink paint, and 3 gallons of green paint. One gallon of paint covers 5 square feet of wall. How big of an area can you cover with the paint you bought?
• You paint a mural on Cal Ave. in Palo Alto. It has a whole lot of triangles. If you paint 127 triangles in the murals. how sides will be on your mural?
• Challenge: You ask 2 artists to give you a quote of how much it will cost to paint a mural on your wall. Your wall is 8 feet by 20 feet. The first artist asks for a payment of \$20 per 5 square foot, while the second asks for \$400, plus \$10 per hour of work. He also says the mural will take about 20 hours. Which artist will cost you less to hire?

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# Learning How to Estimate

## Learn At Your Local Menlo Park/Palo Alto Library!

Estimating is definitely one life skill that everybody should learn, up there with tying shoelaces, the Golden Rule, and the multiplication table! The art of estimation requires a mix of mathematical reasoning, spatial awareness, and lots of practice! Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone teaches you just those math skills, and the colorful illustrations and creative examples are sure to strike your fancy. You don’t need to be a math expert to pick up this book, but you’re sure to be an estimation whiz when you put it down! While the examples are challenging and require some deep thinking, the book teaches effective methods that you can directly apply when estimating. You’ll start off with some easy practice, such as recognizing amounts of ten and a hundred. Eventually, you’ll be able to look at a page completely filled with jelly beans and guess the close amount! Go to your local Palo Alto or Menlo Park library to find this intuitive book today, and impress your friends with your new ability to estimate!

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Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone