Wednesday, January 21, 2009

McKay's DC trip

A couple weeks ago McKay opted to leave nearly 2 days before the rest of his BYU math group so he would not miss church. He traveled alone in the middle of the night to Atlanta, then Baltimore, then a shuttle to DC....to a place where he knew no one, and had never been before. I wouldn't even want Dennis traveling alone in the middle of the night.

This also explains why he starts off this video taking pictures of himself, which makes him look a little distorted.
I like it though. It gave me a feel for his trip.
It's short, just 2 minutes.


16 comments:

Lisa said...

What a trip! (No pun intended) This is someone who definately knows how to entertain himself. The weather looks cold. He seems like a lot of fun and I enjoyed his video! Jacki posted one on her blog (a few short 1 sec. clips each) of the Inauguration she attended today. Our kids are so ADVENTUROUS! What happened to us?!!

grandmapeg said...

All of these sites reminded me of our trip back there. I'm sure you are more relaxed now about this trip of McKay's :-)

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

Looks like he had fun.

darlene said...

So his whole class was going to the inauguration? That's pretty ambitious! I was happy just to watch it on my computer in my warm, quiet, uncrowded home office. It's fun to imagine people you know , though, in that vast sea of people!

Kris said...

Awesome!! I'd love to go there someday and see all those places. Great video, McKay!

Jill said...

Darlene, No he didn't go for the inauguration. I know it seems confusing because he shows Obama arriving.

He was there earlier this month. Just 6 of them went for a math convention there. He left Friday night, the rest of them arrived late Sunday night. (Jan 2-8)

Brock Heasley said...

That was awesome, thanks for sharing Jill and McKay, I love D.C. there is such a sense of history and future all in one moment when you are there. How was the convention itself??
Erin

AMMY said...

This video makes me want to go even more.
How is little Cami???
Ammy

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a whirlwind trip! No need for me to go now--I've seen it all thanks to McKay. It was fun to watch. Must have been a treat for him to have seen all those places in person. Yes, how was the conference? Did everyone just do math problems in a big room? What do math people do at a convention? Work on formulas? Love, Dad and Susan!

Rebecca said...

What a neat experience. I have never been there, but it was fun to watch this video!

Kathy said...

I've never been to Wahington, but I sure would love to take my grandsons when they are a bit older. Looks like McKay had a great time.

Jill said...

Good question about what DOES one do at a math convention with his research group. I wondered that too. I keep forgetting to ask him that.

This reminds me of that plaque I gave McKay for Christmas: "If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't call is research."

McKay said...

A math conference consists of several talks on several different topics. At this particular conference the topics ranged from math research to interesting math puzzles to ideas for teaching math. There are several talks throughout the day and you have to pick and choose which ones you want to attend. At any given time there may be 10 different talks going on. There are a few big talks done by famous mathematicians where hundreds will attend. But most of the talks have about 30 people in the room.

I went there to participate in a poster session. This is an opportunity for undergraduate and grad students to talk about there research and sometimes get feedback from other people. The poster session lasted about 3 hours. It was in a big room with over two hundred posters with the students standing by them.

I know this sounds way exciting to everyone. Hopefully it answers your questions and gives you a good idea of what we did. I recently got accepted to another conference in St. Louis that will be happening in June. This time we will be giving a talk rather than a poster session. I'm excited about this one.

Jill said...

You're going to St Louis, McKay?! Good for you!
So, can you tell me some names of famous mathematicians? I seem to have forgotten them all.

Jill said...

Ammy, Thank you for asking about Cami! I'm doing a post about her right now. :)

grandmapeg said...

Tell McKay when he goes to St. Louis that he has to do the Arch. That is breath taking!