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Maker: Puppetry & Pendulum Painting

Puppetry & Pendulum Painting Week of 1/19/2015 Shadow puppetry originated in China over 2000 years ago. Legend has it that one of the emperors of the Han Dynasty was mourning the death of his wife and a loyal — and creative — subject created the art to cheer him up. Tuesday’s Maker workshop aimed to recreate some of these impressive…

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Logic Session #5: The Jabberwock and the Converser

The Jabberwock and the Converser “’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe” So begins Dodgson/Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky.  I read it aloud without introduction as the students colored their own Jabberwock puppets.  The coloring focused students’ attention, as they were, as usual, excited about the impending puppet use.  They commented on the poem: “That doesn’t…

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Math Circle: Logic Session #3: Noise, Normals, and Negators

Noise, Normals, and Negators (January 29, 2013)  The kids bounded in, filled with curiosity about whether the new puppets, Wags and Rooney, were knights or liars.  Each child also wanted to hold a puppet.  We had 4 puppets and 8 kids.  Easy to manage, I thought:  each child could have a puppet for half the class.  Each child, though, wanted…

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