Simon and Neva invented a game of hopping inside the trampoline on one foot and one knee and counting in sessions, they later added all of their jumps together and turned out to have jumped 550 times each. Which means Simon had to count up to 1100, because Neva can’t count that far:
This weekend was marked with another milestone: Simon read his first Chinese sentence without pinyin.
In the video below Simon applies his knowledge of combinatorics to calculate the total number of possible colours one can create in CSS. I didn’t ask him to do this. In fact, I had no idea what he was doing when I started filming. I saw him studying the colour combinations on this webpage the http://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_hexadecimal.asp where colour values are explained:
RR (red), GG (green) and BB (blue) are hexadecimal integers between 00 and FF specifying the intensity of the color. For example, #0000FF means the purest shade of blue, because the blue component is set to its highest value (FF) and the others are set to 00.
In each colour, Simon counted 16 possible first digits and 16 possible second digits. He then came up with the idea that that makes the total number of combinations possible for each colour 16 x 16 or 256. Since there are three primary colours (RGB) with 256 combinations possible in each Simon then calculated the total number of possible combinations of digits within a hexadecimal integer: 16 777 216!
I believe he did a good job. Especially considering he has only recently turned 7 years old.
Later the same evening Simon helped his little sister to create new “purest”colours for her drawing:
On Saturday Simon continued studying html. He didn’t know I was filming him:
The codes he made/ copied/ studied via the http://www.w3schools.com/html:
Discovered today: a website teaching html
Simon trained himself to make buttons and more.
Simon loves his new Science Journal app he recently found online and downloaded on my Android. The app allows him to investigate movement (by using accelerometers), measure ambient light and sound and is compatible with bluetooth microcontrollers. Some projects are suggested at the Science Journal webpage: https://makingscience.withgoogle.com/science-journal/activities
We haven’t tried the more complex projects yet.
Mom, I’m going to build a heat generator!
This is Simon on his way to the Digisnacks class yesterday expecting to get his hands on the Makey Makey. Was a little disappointed after class: didn’t get to do as much as he had hoped. Did use the tangerines though.