I’m excited to share with you my latest Family Math Night Collaborative Project: Space Invaders. Here’s a photo of the final result. (There are actually 3 aliens to choose from in the lesson plan. This is alien #1).
Here’s some of the background information I include in the lesson plan:
Pixels are small single-colored squares that make up images in computer graphics. These pixels are displayed as a bitmap, a rectangular matrix of dots. These pixels, sometimes called dots, are each assigned a specific color and are arranged along the horizontal axis (x-coordinate) and vertical axis (y-coordinate) of the matrix.
Computer graphics have come a long way in the last decade and look much more sophisticated today than they did back in 1978. But back when graphics were first being designed on computers, they had a “boxy” look. That’s because the screen displays (screen resolutions) were not as good as they are today.
Note: For the purpose of this activity, each pixel does not need to be represented by a single color.
Some of you may know that I always put together a video of my collaborative projects describing in detail how to do the activity and offering additional tips. I’ve included the video below for you.
Our Math Medley Family Math Night kit is filled with engaging activities that explore a variety of concepts in math in a fun and unique way.
The estimation jar is a huge draw at a Family Math Night event. In the following video I share tips on setting up your estimation table. If you are interested in using the estimation jar in your classroom, click here for a great video that focuses on using the estimation jar to develop number sense.
I’ve been wanting to try out an idea I had for our Family Math Night events and, since we were trying out our newest kit, Gellin’ with Geometry, it was the perfect opportunity.
My idea was to have a project that all the participants contributed to so that at the end of the event, we would have one big something to share. In keeping with the geometry theme, I decided to include a station where participants could made one honeycomb cell. As the cells were completed, we could begin to put them all together.
What a success!! It was one of the most popular stations. And the result was phenomenal.
It was so much fun doing that I wanted to share it with others. So I put together a short video describing the process and the math. BTW, this activity can easily be done in a classroom setting, as well! If you’re interested in the lesson plan and other great STEAM projects, click the image above.