Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kids Added Up the Fun with Math at Boise Hawks Opening Night

More than 300 kids earned free tickets to an upcoming Boise Hawks game last night by having fun with math at the Hawks’ home opener. 

It was all part of the first Add+Up the Fun Monday Math Night at Hawks Stadium, a partnership among Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Pioneer Federal Credit Union and the Boise Hawks.

When kids walked in the gate on opening night, they received a flier with a fun set of baseball-related math problems. Kids had the opportunity to solve these problems and turn the completed flier in for free tickets to a future Boise Hawks game.
Parents and kids having fun with math at the Boise Hawks Opening Night game.

Volunteers from the State Department of Education and Pioneer Federal Credit Union were on hand throughout the night to help kids solve the problems.

Superintendent Luna kicked off the event – and opening night for the Hawks – by throwing out the opening pitch.

Superintendent Luna throws first pitch at Boise Hawks Opening Night.

Monday Math Night will take place at every Monday night Hawks home game this summer. The next Monday Math Nights will be held July 12, July 19 and August 16.

Kids can also win free tickets to these Monday night games by doing math online throughout the summer.

The Idaho Math Initiative’s web-based math instruction tool, called Apangea Math, allows Idaho students to solve math problems online while in school or at home to improve their math skills. The more math problems they solve through Apangea Math, the more points they can earn and redeem for prizes or donate to a local charity.

This summer, students can redeem Apangea points for a free reserved ticket to a Boise Hawks game.  Many kids already have Apangea accounts set up through school. If you don’t already have an Apangea account, don’t worry. It's easy! Parents can just visit the Department's website and sign up for a free Apangea account online.

The 30 kids who participate the most in Apangea Math online this summer will receive a free ticket to the Boise Hawks game on August 16, a meet-and-greet with the Boise Hawks players, a certificate of completion for the Summer Apangea Math program, and an Add + Up the Fun T-shirt! The top 30 participants will be recognized on the Boise Hawks's website in August!

Start adding up the fun!

~ Melissa M.

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