**5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Math!**

**Universal Language:** In a great big planet full of different cultures and languages, it can be hard to communicate. But what if we told you that there was *a language that everyone can speak and understand* no matter where your feet take you? Well that magical language is math my friends; fun, confounding, glorious math. Makes you want to become fluent huh?

**Explain/Interpret Relationships in the Universe:** How does photosynthesis turn sunlight into food for plants? How much energy is expended when you push your shovel into the ground and dig a hole to plant a tree? How long does it take the light from the Sun to reach Earth? Math gives us ways to quantify these relationships, and in turn helps us to explain them. So cool!

**Finding the Truth (sometimes):** Math is one of those crazy things where for most instances there really is one right answer. So much so that you can use a mathematical equation to prove over and over again that a hypothesis is true. That's a pretty fun trick to have in your back pocket. As we move through this crazy thing called growing up, lots of issues and feelings are hard to prove one way or the other, but* with math, you can find what is true*. What a wonderful feeling of peace that can provide.

__Oh the Places You'll Go:____ Being pretty universal and integral to many different professions around the globe, math is a key component to every child's success later in life. From being able to quickly __*add up sums in your head*, to *coding the next great app*, all the way to *baking wickedly cool cakes*, you never know where math will take you. An that's a pretty magical thing.

**Patterns in Nature:** Have you ever noticed that the shape of our Milky Way Galaxy and the shape of a conch sea shell are the same? Or the similarity in the shape of a sound wave and an ocean wave? How about *lightning and tree branches?* Believe it or not, these are actually mathematical patterns, and hold clues as to how this crazy universe we live in really works.

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