Please Note: Since this profile was published, Matt has moved to Chicago. He continues to support Explorations in Math as a donor. Thanks Matt!
Day job: Geologist with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Federal Way
Volunteers with Explorations in Math because: I like the work that Explorations in Math is doing in schools. It seems like there’s a great network and experienced staff working at EIM, which is a very positive thing, especially in schools and communities.
Memorable moment: Math Adventure Night at Somerset Elementary School (May 2010). After things got started, it was quite fun and the students really got into it. It definitely exemplified Explorations in Math’s mission to make math fun. I also really enjoyed the Snowball Math event at Pacific Science Center, part of their Polar Science Weekend.
What do you gain from volunteering: It’s great to be able to teach kids something and see them having fun while they are learning. Learning is supposed to be fun. I also enjoy working with the Explorations in Math staff. Everyone I’ve met has been very friendly and really made the volunteering experience easy.
What keeps you coming back: Too often, failure at math is accepted by parents, teachers, and society at large. If someone says, ‘I just can’t do math,’ it’s much more acceptable than someone saying, ‘I just can’t read. ’ However, in the increasingly complex world we live in, math continues to play a bigger and bigger role in most jobs, especially in the tech industry. I think helping kids learn it is a great way to help prepare them for the challenges they will face and to give back to the community. Of course it helps that Explorations in Math does that by making it fun for both the volunteers and the students.