Community Teaching Through Oakland Mills Online

Thursday May 28, 2020

•  COVID-19 •  mathematics •  Star Wars •  science fiction •  education • 

A few weeks ago, I was invited to talk about Star Wars math, on May the Fourth on Oakland Mills Online. For this, I did a quick presentation on the line by Han Solo about the Millenium Falcon making “the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.” This line has been ridiculed for decades and occasionally used just to ridicule Han Solo. But, hey, what is a parsec? We can find out from basic trigonometry. The video is below, but I didn’t do a good job on this one.

What’s more important here is that Oakland Mills Online is a community-led learning environment that emerged in response to the school shutdown amid the COVID-19 crisis. They are always looking for speakers and want to find people to talk about math, science, literature, via Zoom, for an hour or so. It’s awesome, so sign up if you have something to offer.

And may the Force be with you, always.

Image from Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope, as Solo says something stupid.