About the Authors of Math Games Lab for Kids

Rebecca Rapoport is the author of Math Games Lab for Kids, a book of fun and engaging, hands-on math activities for elementary school students to enjoy with an adult helper or for middle school students to savor on their own.

Rapoport has also been writing Your Daily Epsilon of Math, a math snack per day wall calendar for adults, for the past several years. Each month features a stunning math image and an intellectual challenge for every day of the month.

Rapoport holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard and Michigan State. From her first job out of college, as one of the pioneers of Harvard's Internet education offerings, she has been passionate about encouraging her love of math in others.

As an early contributor to both retail giant Amazon.com and Akamai Technologies, the No. 1 firm in cloud computing, Rapoport played a key role in several elements of the Internet revolution.

Rapoport returned to her first love, education, as an innovator of new methods to introduce children and adults to the critically important world of STEM as COO of an enrichment center dedicated to helping kids explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Currently, Rapoport is a full time math evangelist.

J.A. Yoder holds a degree in computer science from Caltech. She is an educator and engineer who has a lifetime love of puzzles and patterns. Her educational philosophy is that hands-on creative work is both the most fun and the most effective way to learn. She developed and taught the original hands-on-math lessons for an after-school program that eventually inspired this book. Some of her happiest memories come from “eureka moments”—either from learning something that makes a dozen other things suddenly make sense, or the sense of accomplishment that comes from solving a clever puzzle. The only thing better is sharing this joy with others.