Break Camps: Why wait ’til Summer?

Some info about Seattle Area Math Camps via Girls Rock Math

Spring Break: Bead-Dazzling Math

Mid-Winter Break: Girls Count!

Madison Valley

Girls Count! We’re all about confidence at Girls Rock Math and this camp is designed to help her know that she counts! Girls Count! is a week chalk-full of our favorite activities, considered to be the “best of the best” by staff and campers alike. Campers will discover and make art with numbers, solve problems together, and discuss the impact of historic female mathematicians.  We’ll be creating, designing, playing, and discovering for this awesome week of math fun!

Bead-Dazzling Math  Young jewelry designers will delight in this awesome week of math fun! Girls will explore mathematical patterns and concepts while designing jewelry using a variety of beads and other materials. Activities include exploring infinity, pi, computer programming, algebraic concepts and computation practice- all while making beaded jewelry to take home! Like in all Girls Rock Math camps, girls will play math games, do puzzles, sing songs, play outside and have a blast!

Seattle Math Camps for Girls

Local Non-Profit Girls Rock Math, is doing some great camps this summer for girls.

Camp Registration

Registration for summer opens THIS SATURDAY, January 10, 2015.

Break Camps

Puppet Power – We will get geared up for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with this fantastic camp all about designing and engineering puppets.  In this two-day camp, girls will learn how to build different kinds of moveable puppets by exploring design, linkages, and mechanic movement.  They will also use the engineering process to build their own puppet theater to draw the curtain on the last day of camp!

  • When: Monday and Tuesday, February 16 & 17, 9am-3pm
  • Who: Girls in Grades K-4
  • Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Miniature Math– Girls will create their own miniature world as they design tiny food, toys, and games for any 15-18 inch doll, such as those in the American Girl collection, or favorite stuffed animal.  In this design and craft math camp, the girls will play games and create art projects that help them explore ratio and proportion, measurement, money, and mental math skills.

  • When: April 13-17, 9am-3pm
  • Who: Girls in Grades K-3
  • Where: MLK Center

Upcoming Workshop

Dance, Movement & Math– Explore math through movement of your body! Beats, patterns, symmetry, shapes… all of these concepts and more can be explored creatively through our bodies. Girls will use math vocabulary and explore math concepts while dancing, moving to the music, and letting their imagination soar!

  • When:  Saturday, January 24, 10-11:30 am
  • Who: Girls in Grades K-2
  • Where: MLK Center 3201 E Republican St, Seattle, WA 98112
  • Cost: $40

MiddleSchool and High School Students- Get Involved!

Now is the time of year for our Middle School and High School age girls to apply for camp counselor positions.  We would also love helpers for our fundraising events as well as break camps!

Fundraiser Parties

Valentine’s Celebration– Join us for our Valentine’s I Love Math Celebration and scholarship fundraiser!  We’ll have games, crafts, treats and activities for the whole family!

  • When: 10 am-12 pm Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015
  • Where:MLK Center 3201 E Republican St, Seattle, WA 98112
  • Suggested Donation: Anything your heart desires!

Pi Day Party

Join us for our Pi Day Party and scholarship fundraiser!  Bring a pi(e) for the pie making contest, or memorize digits of pi for the pi recitation contest, play games, make crafts and learn all about pi!

Session One

  • When: 10 am-12 pm, March 14, 2015
  • Where:MLK Center 3201 E Republican St, Seattle, WA 98112

Session Two

  • When: 3:30-5:30 pm, March 14, 2015
  • Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
  • Suggested Donation: $3.14

We love that we get the opportunities to see our campers and to continue to do math and art together throughout the school year.  Consider joining us for any or many of these upcoming events!

We look forward to a great Spring and Summer with you.  If you have any questions, please ask.

Thanks so much!

Girls Rock Math

Jessica Christianson, M.A. Ed

Founder and Director

Girls Rock Math



Math Camps in the Seattle Area for Grade Schools

Explorations in Math Summer Math Camps

When: Weeklong camps start Monday, July 11. See below for specific dates.

Details: Want to help kids get excited about math and have a great time doing it? Come out and play math with Explorations in Math at our Summer Math Camps! You will receive on-site training from a teacher working for Explorations in Math on the activities you will assist with and the games you will play. We need your positive attitude to help kids develop confidence in their ability to learn and love math. Applicants must provide full name and date of birth and sign a consent form for a mandatory background check.

Time commitment: Ideally volunteers will commit to the full week of summer math camp. If your availability is limited to less than the full week, we may be able to arrange sharing the position with another volunteer. You will arrive 30 minutes prior to start to set up and meet with the instructor on the day’s activities.

Responsibilities: You and other volunteers will work under the direction of a teacher working for Explorations in Math. Your assignments will be at the teacher’s discretion and will include leading games, running activity stations, and assisting kids with activities. Some materials preparation may also be needed. Clean-up is short and sweet.

Benefits/skills you will develop:

             You will gain experience working with elementary-age children, some from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

             You will learn fantastic, math-focused games and activities in which to engage elementary-age children.

             You will help kids develop confidence in their ability to learn and love math.



Where: Math N Stuff, 8926 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155

When: 7/11-15, 7/25-29, Daily 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteer commitment is for the full week. (1-2 vols/week)

To register a camper:

Where: Graham Hill @ Muir, 3301 S Horton, Seattle, WA 98144

When: 7/18-22, 7/25-29, daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteer commitment is for the full week. (2-3 vols/wk)

Camper registration is full.

Where: The Toy Place/Bellevue Art & Frame, 13131 NE 20th, Bellevue, WA 98005

When: 8/1-5, 8/22-26, Daily 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteer commitment is for the full week. (1-2 vol/wk)

To register a camper:

Where: Microsoft Store, Bellevue Square, 116 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004

When: 8/8-12, 8/15-19, Daily 10 a.m-1 p.m. (Aug. 11 time is 2-5 p.m.) Volunteer commitment is for the full week. (1-2 vol/wk)

To register a camper:

Where: John Muir/Orca @ Muir, 3301 S Horton, Seattle, WA 98144

When: 8/8-12, daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteer commitment is for the full week. (2-3 vols/wk)

Camper registration is full.

Volunteers will report to teachers leading specific camps. To sign up, e-mail or call 206-325-0774.

To learn more about Explorations in Math, visit us at

Explorations in Math & Math Games

I spent the afternoon with Joseph, the Mathematician in residence at Explorations in Math learning some of their games to help with a workshop for the Washington Reading Corps on Friday, here in Seattle.

I think my favorite was called Salute and bascially involves 2 players and a “general”.  I’ll give the directions in terms of multiplication, but the same concept can be used with addition.

It focuses on developing Number sense for addition or multiplication.

Deck of cards, remove: 10s, Jacks Queens Kings
The Aces=1

This game can be played in groups of 3 or 4.  One player is the General for the duration of the deck of cards.  Players can rotate after going through the full deck.  The general gives each of the players a card, face down, on the table.  The general says “Salute!” and the two players pick up the cards AND WITHOUT LOOKING AT THEIR OWN hold it against their forhead.  The General then looks at the two cards, silently multiplies them in her head and gives the product  out loud.  The two players must then figure out their own card and say the answer out loud.  The first player to do so correctly wins both cards and puts them in a pile off to the side.The winner of the game has the most cards at the end.  For example, if player A sees that Player B has a 7 an the General announces that the product is 42, Player A knows that her card is a 6 (6 x 7 =42) and says this out loud.