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Two Special Events This Week!

posted Feb 26, 2017, 5:56 AM by Marcia Schatz
Read Across America
This Thursday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss's birthday and the start of the annual Read Across America month long event encouraging adults to read to children!  Our school traditionally celebrates with Dr. Seuss stories read in our pjs, brown paper grocery bags decorated by all our students with Dr. Seuss characters and delivered to Trade Winds that day for the first sixty shoppers with the famous poem . Plus we enjoy a big birthday cake decorated for the author's birthday and shared with everyone at lunchtime. 


Friday, March 3rd, we will have a special event for grades 4-8 in the afternoon.  Professor Eva Szillery will be here from noon to 3:00 pm showing our students how math and fun go together with Modular Origami.  Many of our students have been interested in origami and Dr. Szillery's program provides more than a project to take home. She shows how paper folding relates to math.  Her Modular Origami website says it best: "Teachers have discovered that Origami is an activity that fits ideally into interdisciplinary and multi-cultural programs. Paper folding combines the advantages of being instructive and attractive. It appeals to the creative, inventive and constructive abilities of children. To the unsuspecting child, the transformation of the flat sheet of paper into a three dimensional form, using only two hands, seems almost magical.
In this learning by doing activity, (in which co-ordination and motor control play an important part), there is a continuous interaction of the action and thought process. Children watch how each fold leads to a more advanced one and how together they all progress to create a life-like pliable material, which they, the children, duplicate or, use their creativity to form a new one on their own. In that aspect, Origami is a method of “active research”. There is a gradual progression, a sequential order, research into new relationships of folds, and creative possibilities which encourage the advancement of new ideas." 
     "Eva Szillery is the founder of the Maine Origami Society. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics in Hungary at the prestigious Eotvos Lorand University. In 2005, she received the University of Maine Educator Recognition Award for Programming Excellence for her work with MJETS and the Maine Mathematics, Science and Engineering Talent Search Programs.
She has been folding modular origami for 14 years. She became involved in the art form as a way to teach mathematics to her students in a fun and exciting new way.  She has been teaching teachers and students for modular origami in Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Presque Isle, Camden, Bath, Brunswick, Boothbay and has presented modular origami exhibits at sites across Maine, including Lewiston, Presque Isle, Bangor, Orono  Portland and Gotham."http://www.mmsets.org/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=54  

You can find out more about Modular Origami at  the above website.    

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