CSU's Fall MathFest Features Best-Selling Children's Author

COLUMBUS, Ga. Reading and rithmetic might not seem like a logical pairing, but when educators look for ways to interest children in math, any combination is welcomed. And using literature to teach math is actually a well-practiced method.

In October, Columbus State University and its Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative will bring to Columbus one of the nation's more recognized authors who writes math-themed children's books.

The visit by Greg Tang will spotlight the Fall MathFest at CSUs Cunningham Center on Oct. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. MathFest is a program for parents as well as teachers and pre-service teachers.

Tang earned bachelor's and masters degree from Harvard before entering the business world. He had a successful business career before finding a way to combine his love of math, words, games, graphic design and teaching.

His first book, The Grapes of Math, was published in 2001 and became a best-seller. Hes since written several more in attempt to give kids a better understanding of math, from counting all the way through calculus.

Were really excited about having Greg Tang here for our Fall MathFest because he is a dynamic presenter who is sure to inspire students, parents, and teachers with his message that everyone learn mathematics, said Kenneth Jones, director of the Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative. It will be great because it is a unique opportunity for classroom teachers, CSU teacher candidates, parents, and elementary students to have a shared mathematical experience.

Tang visits Columbus on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and will work with groups of students at Brewer Elementary from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and at Georgetown Elementary from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. He'll then go to the Columbus Public Library and sign books from 3-5 p.m.

Tang's keynote address at Fall Mathfest will be at CSU's Cunningham Center at 5:30 p.m. During this dinner presentation, students from CSUs College of Education will present mathematics activities connected to children's literature for K-5 students. Following the keynote presentation, Tang will present a session especially for K-5 students, their parents, and their teachers, while middle and high school teachers attend sessions presented by local master teachers.

To attend MathFest, contact the Math Collaborative at 706-568-2480 and register by Sept. 29. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students in grades K-5. The cost includes dinner and the workshops.