When I first arrived at MathPickle two weeks ago, I thought the weeks would go by much slower, but in a blink of an eye I found myself already through half the internship. MathPickle works on incorporating unsolved math puzzles in classrooms as well as putting students “in a pickle” through problem solving. At first, I was intimidated by the fact that I was going to be working with a person and SHADs that had an expansive knowledge in math, but as soon as I got there on the first day, my supervisor was welcoming to all SHAD interns and soon we were all immersed in the internship. Moreover, although I was working for a math-based company, I was involved in social media and video, allowing me to use what I know and incorporate it with my internship, which also helped me to enjoy the internship even more.
This internship provided me with an opportunity to explore different aspects of math that I wasn’t aware of before, such as board games and unsolved problems. My supervisor is deeply involved in the process of designing board games. Today was a perfect example of how this internship allowed me to explore that field. My supervisor gave us a taste of what board game designing is like by allowing us to play a card game that was still being developed, and asking for criticism and comments. Before, I was oblivious to that kind of world because I only played board games for my enjoyment and did not think of the work done in order to release the games and puzzles in prime condition. However, this internship really turned my eyes towards that aspect and increased my interest towards math problems that are still unsolved. It is the end of my second week here and I am looking forward to the coming weeks!