# Math Fun

## A Guide to Buying STEM Toys

What is a good STEM toy? As mentioned in our previous blog post, encouraging the love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) can be done at a young age through toys. Though the fanciful sounding name, STEM toys can be simple and found everywhere. According to child development experts, here is a guide as to what to look for STEM toys. 1. Interactive The process of creating or building something, taking it apart and rebuilding it in a new way, can inspire [...]

## Let’s Play with STEM Toys!

In recent years, there has been a rise in focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM for short. STEM toys in particular have been enjoying considerable attention among both parents and children. Why STEM toys? Jobs in science and engineering have been increasing over 500 percent since 1960, and are continuing to increase at a rate faster than any other industry. Thus, being good in STEM subjects is absolutely crucial, perhaps even necessary to a broad extent. In order to [...]

## Scientists about to redefine the kilogram

What is a kilogram, exactly? Every object we know has mass, and we usually measure its mass by putting it on a weighing scale to find how many kilograms it weighs. Have you ever wondered how heavy is a kilogram? A kilogram weighs 1000 grams, and a gram is originally defined as exactly as much as “a volume of water equal to the cube of the hundredth part of the metre, at the temperature of melting ice”. In 1889, the mass of [...]

## 5 Brilliant Careers in Math

What can I do with a Math degree? For many students, it is tough to observe the relationship between learning math and having a career in it. “Math is only useful for counting money!” many would exclaim. Well, one fine example is our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who graduated with first-class honours on Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science with distinction! So maybe studying math can make you our next PM! Or if that seems too far-fetched, [...]

## The World’s Earliest Decimal Calculation Tool

Are decimals a newly discovered math concept, and can only be calculated using the modern calculator? Math had been on the minds of Chinese since a long time ago. More than 2,300 years ago, the Chinese had already developed what has been officially recognised by the Guinness World of Book Records as the world’s earliest decimal calculation tool – a set of bamboo slips. “The significance is that it’s decimal, not duo-decimal as seen in other countries. Decimal did not appear [...]

## Fun Math Activities To Do This June Holiday

Fun Math Activities To Do This June Holiday School’s out and holidays are here! Your child may be looking forward to having no homework, going on a famiy trip, or simply playing with friends. While your child may be having fun, what he or she has learnt about math in the first half of the year may be slowly fading away. It is important to help your child strike a balance between work and play, and this can be achieved by [...]

## Learning Multiplication Tables

Multiplication tables, or times tables – the bane of lower primary math. Is there any way to help our children remember these better? Learning the times tables is key to mastering primary school math, as memorisation of the tables support mathematical learning and understanding of multiplication and division. These concepts form the foundation to our mental arithmetic, as well as estimation skills. Research has shown that children become more confident and open to learning new concepts once they have mastered the times tables. Times [...]

## Beauty in Math

Picturing Math – Art and Math Math is just numbers and nothing else? Well, there is more to math than numbers and symbols. There is something more abstract – beauty itself. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York had acquired, in 2015, a series of prints of equations drawn by ten prominent mathematicians and scientists. These ten prints of mathematical expressions is known as the Concinnitas portfolio, and they form the core of Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and [...]

## Happy Pi Day!

Let’s have some Pi! Tuesday is March 14, or what we math fanatics know as Pi Day! Pi Day is an excellent time to talk about math with children, and it is observed annually all over the world for the love of math and what we know as Pi. Pi is a mathematical constant which approximates to 3.14. It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and Pi is the same for all circles regardless of size. [...]

## Math in March – Festival of Numbers 2017

School’s out for a week for students in Singapore! Looking for some math stimulation? Visit the Science Centre this March holidays for loads of math fun! There are math talks and interactive math exhibitions suitable for the young and young at heart! For more information, click on the poster!