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Beau Janzen:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Janzen, Beau

Zipheron Design Labs
5007 Stoney Creek Rd #428
Culver City, California (CA)  90230
United States of America (US)

Keynote Speaker?
Featured PresentationsCalifornia Homeschool Network (CHN) Family Expo (2010)
California Homeschool Network Family Expo (2010, CA)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Why Do We Need Math?
As someone who went through most of his schooling feeling indifference and frustration towards math, I want to share some ideas as to why I devote so much of my career to math education.

I want to examine the true nature of mathematical thinking and show how it runs diametrically opposed to much of the conventional wisdom in math education.  One can’t start to build on their knowledge of math without first asking those foundational questions:  Why do I have to learn this?  When will I ever use this?  How does this relate to me personally?

Math and Visual Effects – How Numbers are a Creative Tool
All too often, students can feel a disconnect with their math curriculum. It may be obvious why math is necessary for accountants or engineers, but what about creative artists? And how can math help us with our understanding of the day to day world around us?

As someone who creates digital visual effects for movies, I use math as the medium for my artwork. With examples of my work from movies including X-Men, Speed Racer, and other films, I want to show how math is not only a creative tool needed to create virtual worlds, but is also essential to create and understand anything in the “real world” as well.

This talk is intended to help inspire homeschool learners and parents to see math in a new, creative, and practical light. This proposed presentation will be taken from a presentation I’ve made to junior high schools and high schools in the U.S and Germany. The talk is appropriate for a wide age range audience since the topics dealt with are more conceptual than technical and require only very rudimentary arithmetic to understand.

Beau's Achievements•Teaches mathematics and digital animation at the Art Institute of California
•Founder: Zipheron Design Labs
•20 years of animation production experience
•Has worked as a visual effects artist on films, including X-Men & X-Men 3, for Universal Studios ride The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man, and many television commercials.
•Was a guest researcher at Technische Universitaet Berlin
•Was a lead animator and CG Supervisor at Kleiser Walczak in Los Angeles for six years
•Was the Instructional Computer Graphics Designer at Kentucky Educational Television for four years
•Has written, designed, and animated short educational videos for clients including PBS, NASA, Annenberg CPB, and General Motors.
•BS in Graphic Design, with a minor in Educational Psychology from Ball State University
•MS in Instructional Systems Design with an emphasis in Cognitive Ergonomics from the University of Kentucky
Janzen's Bio
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Beau Janzen and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

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