Last Updated: 04/17/2012*

There’s a lot more than vibrant colors and bedazzlements woven into bracelet making. Precise measurements, time management, design specifications and math work together to move one Arizona student.

A MathMovesU® Middle School Scholarship winner, Paz Malo of Tucson, Ariz., braided her way to a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Raytheon. Paz wrote about her love of bracelet making for Raytheon’s MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship and Grant Program, which honors students and teachers who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math.

Paz says math helps her determine length and design of bracelets, time of creation and retail value of her makings. For her, math is essential for life.

“In math, you have to choose your answer, and in life, you also have to do that,” she says. “You have to verify your answer, and in life, you have to do it over and over and over again until you get it right.”

Paz Malo


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