# MSC Foundation Day

On Dec. 4, 2014, we will be celebrating our 25th Foundation Day. In line with this, we have lined up many activities leading up to the Foundation Day celebration. We invite all to forward and share this newsletter 25 Math Short Cuts to friends in the MSC community to disseminate information about the event. Every week, we will also feature a very useful math technique, a bit of MSC history, and MSC today.

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# More Robotics Programming at MSC High

We will have more time for Computer Programming Lessons this school year at MSC High School, including robotics programming using the latest state-of-the-art Lego MindStorm EV3 robotics set.

MSC Institute of Technology High School students at all levels will have two hours of computer programming lessons per week beginning this school year. Programming “is the new ‘superpower’ that isn’t taught in 90% of US schools” During the previous years, MSC students started programming once a week using the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics Kits.

According to Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, Inc. and the creator of IPad and IPhone, “Everybody (in this country) should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”.

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# 25 Years Ago – How MSC Started

MSC is best known as an educational institution. However, MSC started out as a computer software company, not a school.

In June 1989, Jorge Tanalega and I, together with our Cobol Instructor/ STI Center administrator Danny Lopez thought of forming a software development company because we we informed that a local utility wanted to computerize its billing system. With some friends we brainstormed for a name which can be easily remembered. We though that SMC (San Miguel Corporation) was very popular so we thought that jumbling the initials would be a good idea.

A couple of unforeseen events led us to seriously consider the direction of a new company. In a planning session, Danny Lopez asked us “who do you think are the best programmers in San Pablo?” Of course, I pointed to Jorge, Danny and Myself. And so Danny suggested that we establish a computer school.

# MSC Child Development Center

MSC believes we can start children early and make them love learning in math and science and computing.

To provide each child with superlative environment for physical, moral, spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth through a variety of meaningful experiences designed for the child’s total development.

# MSC 2 – All from 9 and the Last from 10 Subtraction

As in Addition, we were taught to subtract from right to left. But when computing money, we struggle mentally with left to right computation. If we paid for a P347.25 purchase with a P1,000 bill, for example, our mental process goes on like this:

1000 minus 300 is 700 but my purchase is more than 300

so my change is less than 700, or 600+.

It is not 660, because we bought more than 340, so it must be 650+.

It is not 653, because we bought more than 347, so it must be 652+.

Aha!, we know that the change for .25 is .75, so we have our final change of P652.75

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## Next Week

- MSC Clubs
- 25 Years of MSC ( more stories ! )
- MSC 3- Subtraction Without Borrowing.

Every week, for 25 weeks up to December 4, 2014 when we celebrate our 25th Foundation day, this newsletter will feature one math short cut. We will progress from the simplest to the simple. Believe you can do it! Just proceed one step ( short cut ) at a time, and be pleasantly surprised to discover none of the math short cuts are difficult! Forward this newsletter to your friends, relatives, and young kids.

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