[Baypiggies] Reminder: We're meeting 1 week earlier this month: 21-July

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Wed Jul 6 23:17:08 EDT 2016

If you're like me, you may want to update your calendar this month.

Our next BAyPIGgies meeting is 1 week earlier than normal because we're
trying to avoid that disastrous traffic that we had a few months ago (due
to a Shorelines concert).

So, please update your calendars for this month:


Thursday, July 21, 2016 Meeting

*Note*: The meeting for July is a week earlier than normal (third
Thursday instead
of fourth). This is to avoid traffic congestion caused by a concert
scheduled for Shoreline Amphitheater on the 28th. Thanks to Peter and
LinkedIn for agreeing to the change.Please RSVP here so we can track for
food and chairs:

Topic: Hacking Math Class with PythonSpeaker: Peter FarrellAbstract:

Math instruction is stuck in the 19th Century and it's in dire need of
modernization. Computer programming in Python has the potential to make
math class more relevant, meaningful and engaging.
Programming can not only achieve the goals we've always had for math
students - to be able to think computationally and build algebraic and
geometric tools to solve problems - but it can be used to explore math
topics beyond the reach of traditional methods. Using Python, students can
create fractals, cellular automata and 3D models to help them learn math or
science topics. And it looks cool!
Anybody interested in education, math or Python should attend!

   - Algebra and Geometry (15 minutes)
   - Calculus (10 minutes)
   - Fractals (5 minutes)
   - Cellular Automata (5 minutes)
   - The Raspberry Pi in Education (5 minutes)

Speaker Bio
Peter Farrell was a math and computer science teacher for 13 years and
collected his projects into the book Hacking Math Class: Exploring Math
Through Computer Programming last year. At the recent PyCon, Guido bought a
copy, saying, "There's a lot of good stuff in here."

Meetup available to register
BayPiggies has a group on meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/BAyPIGgies/.
Please RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/BAyPIGgies/events/228209028/
The more people that RSVP, the more newcomers will be interested in
attending (no one likes being the first one at a party). Thanks! We've
removed any attendance limits, so there should be no problem with signing
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