Dr. Gordon Hamilton is creating puzzles for the K-12 math classroom
2

patrons

$24
per month
Hello everyone.

I design curricular math puzzles and games for the K-12 classroom. They must intrigue me as a mathematician, but be easy for children to understand. They must be fast for teachers to use, but beautiful for those fraction of students inspired by beauty. The objective is to achieve high classroom engagement in tough problem solving.

All these creations are put on my web site, MathPickle.com. It is a practical resource that thousands of teachers already use. 

I do not spend all of my time designing. I regularly go into classrooms to teach students, mentor teachers and learn from both. This real world testing keeps the ideas fresh and relevant. Take a look at the video for Half Fraction Snake above. You'll see that it works very well in the classroom. 

As well as puzzles and games, I also rework some unsolved problems from the last few centuries so they work in the classroom. Properly presented, these unsolved problems support the curriculum and let students peek over the edge of human ability. Top students are inspired. Struggling students see that everyone struggles. Here's an example: youtu.be/HJ-MotpqFPY

From 2015 to 2017 MathPickle.com was supported by Nancy Blachman and the American Institute of Mathematics. Because of their generous support I offer everything on MathPickle.com for free and with no ads. 

Your support today will be magnified - both because your US dollars go a long way up here in Canada - and because my puzzles are now being popularized by well known web channels like Numberphile, and Ted Ed. These videos are much more polished than MathPickle's - and they reach a wider audience than MathPickle's teachers. Here's a sample: youtu.be/49KvZrioFB0

Puzzlingly yours,
Gord!
MathPickle.com
Tiers
Mondrian Art Puzzle
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
At the end of the school year you'll see on MathPickle.com a personal thank you to all my Patreon supporters. It will be accompanied by an image of a child attempting to solve the Mondrian Art Puzzle. The child might have succeeded or failed - what matters is that they are passionate. 
Rainbow Squares
$13 or more per month 2 patrons
Each year you'll receive one of my best puzzles in the mail. Rainbow Squares will be my offering for 2018. It won the George Pólya Award by the Math Association of America.
Santorini
$43 or more per month 0 patrons
At the end of the school year you'll receive MathPickle's choice for game of the year.  The #1 job of elementary mathematics education is to get children into problem solving. Board games are a joyous celebration of problem solving. That's why board games are the best way to support from the home. They're fun for adults too ;-) 


This tier is named "Santorini" - my most popular board game design. 


If you are not eager to explore playing board games please choose a different reward. Warmest thanks!

Graceful Tree Conjecture from 1967
$1,063 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Unsolved problems of mathematics are valuable pedagogic tools. Top students are inspired - struggling students see that everybody struggles. Despite how great these problems are they are not getting the exposure they deserve. Your generous support of the Graceful Tree Conjecture (unsolved since 1967) will allow an ever-increasing prize money which will drive media exposure and get this gem into classrooms and family conversations world wide. 


For elementary school children I call the Graceful Tree Conjecture "animal subtraction:" https://youtu.be/HJ-MotpqFPY


The monkey below is a sample animal subtraction that can be solved.


Please email me at [email protected] to discuss prior to funding.

Collatz Conjecture from 1937
$8,527 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
A minimal 90% of your donation will go into supporting steadily increasing prize money for one of the most beautiful unsolved problems that all children MUST experience in elementary school. The purpose of the prize money is to raise media awareness and get this problem in front of every elementary school child world wide.


The remainder money will go into supporting the online infrastructure to allow students and classrooms to discuss results and compare their "answers."


Here it is - presented with a backdrop story that will engage 95% of students for one period: https://youtu.be/R4oINmqHXVY


There will only be one donor identified with this unsolved problem.  


Please email me at [email protected] to discuss prior to funding.

Goals
2 of 53 patrons
Unsolved problems of mathematics belong in every classroom.
Top students are inspired - struggling students see that everybody struggles.

The first 53 prime patrons who donate will start MathPickle off on a path towards creating online infrastructure to allow students and classrooms to post and discuss results.

Media awareness of these unsolved problems will be guaranteed by attaching a large monetary prize to each. This money will be raised elsewhere or through the rewards section on Patreon. Here are the list of thirteen unsolved problems (one for each grade K-12) selected by a group of mathematicians and educators at a 2013 weekend conference in Banff:
http://mathpickle.com/unsolved-k-12/
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Hello everyone.

I design curricular math puzzles and games for the K-12 classroom. They must intrigue me as a mathematician, but be easy for children to understand. They must be fast for teachers to use, but beautiful for those fraction of students inspired by beauty. The objective is to achieve high classroom engagement in tough problem solving.

All these creations are put on my web site, MathPickle.com. It is a practical resource that thousands of teachers already use. 

I do not spend all of my time designing. I regularly go into classrooms to teach students, mentor teachers and learn from both. This real world testing keeps the ideas fresh and relevant. Take a look at the video for Half Fraction Snake above. You'll see that it works very well in the classroom. 

As well as puzzles and games, I also rework some unsolved problems from the last few centuries so they work in the classroom. Properly presented, these unsolved problems support the curriculum and let students peek over the edge of human ability. Top students are inspired. Struggling students see that everyone struggles. Here's an example: youtu.be/HJ-MotpqFPY

From 2015 to 2017 MathPickle.com was supported by Nancy Blachman and the American Institute of Mathematics. Because of their generous support I offer everything on MathPickle.com for free and with no ads. 

Your support today will be magnified - both because your US dollars go a long way up here in Canada - and because my puzzles are now being popularized by well known web channels like Numberphile, and Ted Ed. These videos are much more polished than MathPickle's - and they reach a wider audience than MathPickle's teachers. Here's a sample: youtu.be/49KvZrioFB0

Puzzlingly yours,
Gord!
MathPickle.com

Recent posts by Dr. Gordon Hamilton

Tiers
Mondrian Art Puzzle
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
At the end of the school year you'll see on MathPickle.com a personal thank you to all my Patreon supporters. It will be accompanied by an image of a child attempting to solve the Mondrian Art Puzzle. The child might have succeeded or failed - what matters is that they are passionate. 
Rainbow Squares
$13 or more per month 2 patrons
Each year you'll receive one of my best puzzles in the mail. Rainbow Squares will be my offering for 2018. It won the George Pólya Award by the Math Association of America.
Santorini
$43 or more per month 0 patrons
At the end of the school year you'll receive MathPickle's choice for game of the year.  The #1 job of elementary mathematics education is to get children into problem solving. Board games are a joyous celebration of problem solving. That's why board games are the best way to support from the home. They're fun for adults too ;-) 


This tier is named "Santorini" - my most popular board game design. 


If you are not eager to explore playing board games please choose a different reward. Warmest thanks!

Graceful Tree Conjecture from 1967
$1,063 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Unsolved problems of mathematics are valuable pedagogic tools. Top students are inspired - struggling students see that everybody struggles. Despite how great these problems are they are not getting the exposure they deserve. Your generous support of the Graceful Tree Conjecture (unsolved since 1967) will allow an ever-increasing prize money which will drive media exposure and get this gem into classrooms and family conversations world wide. 


For elementary school children I call the Graceful Tree Conjecture "animal subtraction:" https://youtu.be/HJ-MotpqFPY


The monkey below is a sample animal subtraction that can be solved.


Please email me at [email protected] to discuss prior to funding.

Collatz Conjecture from 1937
$8,527 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
A minimal 90% of your donation will go into supporting steadily increasing prize money for one of the most beautiful unsolved problems that all children MUST experience in elementary school. The purpose of the prize money is to raise media awareness and get this problem in front of every elementary school child world wide.


The remainder money will go into supporting the online infrastructure to allow students and classrooms to discuss results and compare their "answers."


Here it is - presented with a backdrop story that will engage 95% of students for one period: https://youtu.be/R4oINmqHXVY


There will only be one donor identified with this unsolved problem.  


Please email me at [email protected] to discuss prior to funding.