This past weekend, Quarky Science took part in the Northwest Mathematics Conference, held in Victoria, British Columbia. It could almost be called the Cascadian Mathematics Conference, given where the teachers are coming from, referring to the occasionally proposed nation made up of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The event ran from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon, filled with workshops and lectures for the benefit of mathematics educators.
The Quarky Science booth was in good company. Across from us was Texas Instruments, who were also running four workshops at the conference. Next to our booth, were Stephen and Paul from Explorelearning: a company that creates online interactive simulators for math and science. The event was held in the Victoria Conference Centre. In addition to the excellent staff there were event volunteers to make certain everything ran smoothly. As exhibitors, we were spoiled rotten by organizers, who ensured that we were brought coffee and lunch, while we were manning our booths.
The one T-Rex Skeleton I brought to gauge interest on the product was sold in a matter of minutes, making me wish I’d brought half a dozen more of the massive dinosaur model kits. The product getting the most attention from the teachers was the Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope. As we have at other events, Quarky Science held a free draw for one of the microscopes, which was won by Ashley from Vancouver. She was in the process of purchasing an 8 piece Human Torso (anatomical model) for her school when she noticed the sign announcing her as the winner. I met a lot of great people at the conference and was invited to bring Quarky Science to Seattle for next year’s mathematics conference.