=EQUALS=
A CLUB OF INVESTIGATION AND DISCOVERY
EASTER (really!) 
EARTH and the MOON! 
THE CHAOS GAME 
FELIX BAUMGARTNER 
THE MANDELBROT SET 
Pi Estimation 
MR. PYTHAGORAS 
THE TOPOGRAPHY of Johnson County 
THE TRIANGLE? 
SHORTEST ROUTE 
Interesting Projects in the Work  Applied and Fun
Shortest Distance How does Garmin calculate the shortest distance between two points?

XRays What's being sent, and why is it blocked? 
Radio Waves How does frequency actually work? 
The Koch Snowflake I know the algorithm, but how do I find the formulas to plot the points? 
Pascal's Principle I just jacked my car up. How did this happen and what's the relation to the hydraulic lift?

Light Reflection ... and the Old Game of Pong 
Flight Wind Speed, and the Curvature of the Wing. I still don't like my understanding of "lift". 
The Mixtures of Colors be it Light, Paint, or Computers! 
SPREADSHEETS
(Click to open the spreadsheets  XP & Vista Compatible)
NOTE
When you open these spreadsheets, there is an option at the top of the sheet regarding
SECURITY OPTIONS. You will need to click on the "Enable Macro" button for these programs to work.
SOME THOUGHTS  on Math, Science, Programming, and Critical Thinking 
GOALS FOR THE YEAR  and a Challenge 
MULTIPLE ENTRY POINTS: There's an infinite number of things to study. Pick something that looks interesting and get going!
SMALL LEARNING CURVE: Most software has a steep learning curve. Excel really does not.
SOFTWARE AVAILABILITY: Most people have Excel on their computers.
QUICK VALIDATION: You know immediately if you've done something right  or wrong. Fix it and move on!
SELFPACED: As there are 1,000 ways to skin a cat, and so too there are 1,000 ways to solve every problem.
PROLONGED ANALYSIS: You reach a point of success  or failure  and want to rest. Fine. Save your work. Recall the file. Improve the process.
PROCESS BREAKDOWN: The spreadsheet format allows you to breakdown calculations and processes.
RIGHT AND WRONG: To get started doesn't mean it has to be exactly right  but it must be something to get you started!
MANY WAYS TO START: Often, I see something neat and just want to understand it. Fine. Replicate it. Copy it. The key thing is to get started!
THE REAL WORLD: Pascal's Principle. Astronomy. Apportionment. House Payments. Archimedes. The applications are right in front of us  and accessible to all!
THE "NEW" MATH: Chaos Theory. Fractals. Simulation. Iteration. A "New Kind of Science". Strange Attractors. The "new math" is also right in front of us  and accessible to all!
PROBLEM SOLVING: Most math is within reach of most students. It's how to organize thoughts and data  to truly problemsolve  that is the result of doing the work!
A NEW LOOK AT MATH: Simple logical thinking processes to understand not only math, but the world around us.
INTERDISCIPLINARILY … And effortlessly integrating this into the world around us  truly in an interdisciplinary format 
A CAPABLE MIND: With the endgame not only authentic explorations into reality, but the realization we can do it! 
Yes, the club will continue to meet throughout the summer. A few specific goals for the club:
1. get kids (and adults!) doing small things to get started. 2. have people work on a larger project of their liking. For example:
 The summer equinox is right around the corner. Graph weather data and sunrise / sunset.  Tornado season has been a record season: get latitudes / longitudes of tornados and plot this;  The Royals are off to a fast start. How fast?  Every day, there really is something in the paper one could play with in Excel.
But ...
if you'd rather just play around and do something neat, that's (obviously) great as well!
3. Towards the end of the year, I'd like to have an =EQUALS= meeting dedicated to showcasing the work everyone has done. Something like this is a great chance not only to show off (and explain) what and how you did something, but see what other people did  and how they did it! Not a contest  but a celebration!
A Challenge for Everyone
A wishlist of parents regarding math is to "show how this applies in the real world". One goal of =EQUALS= is the creation of these booklets, ranging from 3264 pages, dealing with a particular subject. Apportionment? Steamships? Astronomy? Snowflakes? Yes  and much more. And that's where you come in! If you  or your company  is interested, let's talk about creating a booklet on what you do. Trust me, it does not matter what it is, we can use Excel to create a very interesting, educational, fun booklet! But don't take my word for it. If you're at all interested, let's talk! 
On Integrating Art and Science
“I have a friend who’s an artist and he’s sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say, “Look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree, I think. And he says  “you see, I as an artist can see how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing.” And I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too …
At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension of one centimeter; there is also a beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structures. Also the processes, the fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting  it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: Does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which shows that the science knowledge only adds to the excitement and mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds; I don’t understand how it subtracts.”
Richard Feynman