Working with Youngsters

Item the First. Today was the California State Science Fair. I was the panel chair for Junior Math and Software, although I didn’t judge project of the year. The winner in our panel was a 6th grader from Orange County, with a project that looked in to the best strategy for playing Blokus. Games seemed to be the theme this year, with projects looking into the best way to generate D&D ability scores, to computer-playing tic-tac-toe, to chinese checkers, to Mastermind. Other common themes were origami and geometry, spiral geometry, regular polygons, and spidrons. We also had two on searching: one looking at algorithms, and non-lyrical music search.

Item the Second. Seen on Facebook: A link to a children’s book on Amazon: Go the F**k to Sleep. Sample dialogue:

The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the fuck to sleep.

Uncle Shelby would be proud.