November 18 Day 620: #TacomaMath’s COVID Transformations

I love participating in #TacomaMath, a workgroup of the STEAM Learning Network of GraduateTacoma! We started on a project before the pandemic and have been revising our work together ever since.

Our goal remains the same: To invite the Tacoma community, especially girls, students of color, and those impacted by poverty, to engage in positive mathematics conversations.

Our methods changed and adapted with the times. Docent led math walks became math scavenger quests, which became math quest decks. Individually chalked math puzzles transformed into chalked math puzzle events. And for the last ten months, we’ve produced 35 Math Around Town YouTube videos, many now with accompanying activities.

I am really proud of what we have produced and hope to connect with more parents and educators to bring this material to our target audience. Here is a synopsis of the episodes so far:

Episode synopsis 1-6
Episode synopsis 7-16
Episode synopsis  17-27
Episode synopsis 28-35

For the most up-to-date printable version, visit

To access the YouTube Playlist visit or scan the flowcode:

Math Around Town videos are still happening–just not with the same frequency. And we are attracting partners for support to help make the work sustainable. We continue to dream big. Bring people together. And make it happen.

P.S. We are always seeking new ideas for videos (locations in Tacoma, people in Tacoma, and mathematical ideas that make for good short takes. ) Please send your inspirations this way. We can take all the creativity that you are willing to share.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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