ALEX GELI | Staff Writer | Jul 29, 2018

It’s not often parents witness their children racking their brains on a mathematics problem over the summer — especially in Cynthia Brooks’ case.

“It’s pretty hard to keep them engaged,” the Manheim Township mother said of her two kids, Teagan and Charlie. “I think 10 minutes is kind of the max.”

But on Thursday, she watched in awe as her 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son kept themselves occupied by piecing together squares, trapezoids and triangles to form different shapes.

“I bet (they) could stay on there for more than 10 minutes if they had to,” Brooks said as her children finished their puzzles with help from some friends.

The activity was part of a preview held Thursday night at the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 for a new nonprofit outreach program dedicated to helping elementary-aged kids improve their math skills through interactive, hands-on exhibits.

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