Cookies and Pi

Community learns just how sweet math can be

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By Joe Cardello
The Colchester Sun

mathcookies_logoWhat’s better than cookies and milk? At Malletts Bay School, it’s cookies and math.

On April 8, The Malletts Bay School’s “School-Community Council” held its first event — Math and Cookies. Nearly 200 community members braved the snowy spring weather to gather at the school to have fun while learning math and nibble on some tasty treats.

“It really went very, very well,” said Malletts Bay School Principal Julie Benay. “There was a lot of interest from the community. There were presentations made by students and community members as well.”

The event brought together a slew of local presenters including Leah Chiarmonte of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Sciences and Eric Nelson of Eye and I Glass. The group of community speakers led a discussion on how they use math to do their jobs. Although he couldn’t make the event, a special video featuring Fox 44 meteorologist Sean Parker, was also aired.

Student- and adult-crafted displays were laid out for spectators and included “math and quilting” by Town Clerk Karen Richard. Students explained how math could be used when making Lego creations, playing soccer and even monitoring blood sugar.

“I think the problem was that there was too much to do,” Benay said. “It was hard for people to get to as do much as possible in the hour and find time to eat cookies.”

Benay said that the cookies offered at the event were not your typical sugar-filled treats.

“The cookies we had were our breakfast cookies that we offer about once a month,” Benay said. “They were oatmeal and blueberry, but they are very nutritious. They have low sugar and are high in fiber.”

There were activities in the gymnasium set up by the “Fuel Up to Play 60” student wellness team, too, so attendees with an urge to burn off some calories had a chance to have fun and stay active.