More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students? math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
Tammy of Believers Fitness is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with experience in a range of fitness modalities. She specializes in a little bit of everything, from Zumba and Pilates to kickboxing and boot camps. She also leads R.I.P.P.E.D. classes that focus on resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, and endurance. Tammy is passionate about helping individuals of all fitness levels, and she can also design workout plans for organizations such as businesses and churches.
Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public.
Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.
The Richmond Spiders hail out of the Atlantic 10 Conference as an NCAA Division I Men's Basketball team. After finishing ranked 24th in the nation last year, the enigmatic Spiders are primed for another successful season with 14 of 16 players returning. Backed by top cop scorers Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper, this year's squad of hard-court ballers will head into the Robins Center under the textbook guidance of coach Chris Mooney's. The ticket is valid for the best available seat in the premium section, which is located along the lower-level center and side court.
Crowned the National Magazine Awards' 2010 Magazine of the Year, Glamour informs its style-savvy readers about the latest trends in fashion and beauty, also offering up articles on politics, relationships, health, and Hollywood gossip. Your one-year subscription to this modish magazine will begin with the February issue, showcasing cover model Kim Kardashian and the scandalous survey, "1,000 Men Confess! Naughty Answers to Your Most Private Questions Ever." Join 12.4 million other ritzy readers in learning wardrobe wisdom in the magazine's popular "Dos and Don'ts" feature in which Glamour's snazzy staff recommends donning a smart, fitted jacket instead of a faded Hazmat suit cinched with last season's belt.
For nearly seven decades, Theatre VCU has worked toward two goals: to help create a new generation of theater artists and to ensure the tanks on their applause-powered generators stay full. Young performers, costumers, scenic and lighting designers, and stage managers all hone their crafts and nurture their talents with the theatre?and they manage to create some pretty great art along the way. Recent productions have included the R-rated puppet musical Avenue Q, Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, and George C. Wolfe's powerful classic The Colored Museum.