By Richard Bammer
Alamo Elementary parent Kymberly Hawkins sat next to her son, second-grader Max Hawkins, who manipulated glue stick, scissors, colored oval-shaped paper cut-outs, and paper cupcake baking cups.
In the school’s multipurpose room, they sat at a table dubbed “Growing Equations,” one of 10 stations Wednesday evening at the South Orchard Avenue campus that were part of Family Math Night.
Max’s mission for the moment: Choose a number (he picked 11) and note four to six expressions that equaled it. 15 minus 4 was one, 13 minus 2 another, and so forth. He wrote them on several “petals” that he cut out, then splayed them out to create flower. Then it was on to another table — no time to waste during the 90-minute event that began at 6 p.m. — where he and others learned more details about shapes at “Pattern Blocks”; learned which numbers belong to certain geometric shapes in a simple equation at “Finding the Unknowns”; and learned what operation is performed when a letter is right next to a number in algebra (answer: multiplication).