On Friday, April 10th, the entire school got a presentation from UVM Professor and Shelburne resident, Chris Danforth. Chris and colleagues at the UVM Computational Story Lab have built an amazing new tool called the Hedonometer. This tool measures social output on the Internet to assess "happiness of large populations in real time." He wowed the students with ways complex mathematical models can help make sense of complex systems like weather or climate change. Then he walked them through the way he uses similar models to assess happiness in the world based on online expressions on Twitter, blogs, etc. Chris is a brilliant, entertaining guy - so despite it being first period on a Friday morning, he had them all loving math for an hour.