Chocolate’s flavor is a combination of sweetness, bitterness, and creaminess that many people find irresistible. We celebrate national chocolate day in July every year. Check out this math mini spark to learn more about chocolate and math.

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Set up your math mini spark recording page: #98 Chocolate Math

Read this Bedtime Math post about the world’s largest chocolate kiss! Try one of the math questions on your recording page before scrolling all of the way down to see the answer.

Möbius strip, a one-sided surface that can be constructed by affixing the ends of a rectangular strip after first having given one of the ends a one-half twist.

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Set up your math mini spark recording page: #97 The Mysterious Mobius Strip

In mathematics, the term chaos game originally referred to a method of creating a fractal, using a polygon and an initial point selected at random inside it.

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Set up your math mini spark recording page: #95: The Chaos Game

Watch this video. Record details on your recording page.

3. Watch this video to learn how to play The Chaos Game. *****This video is long–> looking for other video

Follow the instructions in the video. Take a screenshot of your final picture and add it to your recording page.

4. Link to the GeoGebra Website to find the chaos game.

4. Share your math mini spark recording page with your teacher/EY coordinator.

Math Mini-Sparks are in the process of moving to a new Google site! You can still access all 94 math mini-sparks on the EY Website by scrolling down, but new mini-sparks will be posted here:

Pixels are the smallest unit in a digital display. Up to millions of pixels make up an image or video on a device’s screen. Each pixel comprises a subpixel that emits a red, green and blue (RGB) color, which displays at different intensities. In this mini spark, you will learn about the basics of pixels and pixel colors.

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1. Start by taking out your math notebook or opening your math mini spark doc. Put the date at the top and put the title of this mini spark. Record all of your work on this page.

2. Use this slideshow of images, which zooms a picture of raft. The final slide shows that the entire photo is actually made from individual squares of color. How does looking at these pictures help explain creation of the digital images that you see? What other images might you see today that are made from pixels?

3. Watch these two videos. The first video is a reminder binary numbers. It will help to see this before watching the second video. Take notes as you watch both videos.

4. After watching the second video answer these questions in your notebook. What is the RGB name for turquoise? How does a computer name turquoise? Draw the math steps that were used in the video to explain how a function is used to filter an image.

5. Share your math mini spark recording page with your teacher/EY coordinator.

Check out the Playing with Pixels badge at the EY website.

Did you hear that Scooter’s Coffee broke the Guinness World Record for the largest cake pop?! This mini spark will give you the opportunity to learn more, explore spheres, and maybe even make your own cake pops!

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Set up your math mini spark recording page: #93 Cake Pop Math

Have you ever bought a cake pop? How much was it and was the cost worth the taste? Explore the price of cake pops from different stores and make a table comparing the data. You can find out the cost by visiting a place in-person, or find a website that tells you the information. Display your data in a creative way.

Look up a few recipes for cake pops. Which one would you like to try?

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Find your “Pi Day” using this site. Type in your birthday and record where in pi your date appears. Do this for a friend or your teacher and record their pi day. I put in my birthdate and the sequence of numbers does not show up until digit 169, 266!

Choose an interesting way to represent Pi! Check out the ideas at the end of this post.

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