In the last 2-3 days, he has been working on moving objects from point A to point B. That requires Trigonometry. Today, he was muttering about the tangent and the hypotenuse. I reflexively yelled "SOHCAHTOA, some old horse caught another horse taking oats away." I showed my brilliance by giving the formulas for sin, cos, and tan. Thank you Mrs. Agnew. Be proud...I remembered something from high school trig. Looking back, I am certain that I sat in Trig wondering if I would ever use these very hard math formulas. Who knew? You do need them. All those years of math agony make practical sense now. It was fun to watch Ben move a "person" around the screen.
So finally, nerdom has some benefits, AND today's tweens think nerds are cool. My tween child thinks cool nerds include peers that love Rick Riordan books, kids that watch Hobbit movies, even adults that follow Star Wars or Star Trek, and definitely, adults that have made mega riches on some really cool computer game. Not adults that remember SOHCAHTOA from high school math.