MathFest 2018

MathFest 2018August 1-4, 2018

Location: Denver, CO

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Math Circle Events at MathFest 2018

Wednesday, August 1

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Exhibit Hall and Grand Opening Reception

Thursday, August 2

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths
1:30 pm – 5:05 pm: Contributed Paper Session: Great Circles, Great Problems
5:05 pm – 5:50 pm: SIGMAA-MCST Business Meeting
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Math Circles Reception – 16 Mix Bar, first floor, Sheraton Downtown Denver (conference hotel)

Friday, August 3

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths
1:30 pm – 2:50 pm: Workshop: Meeting the Challenge of Introducing Senior High School Students to Contemporary Mathematics
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths
3:10 pm – 4:30 pm: Mathematical Puzzle Programs: Outreach and Recruitment with Puzzles

Saturday, August 4

10:00 am – 11:00 pm: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Math Teachers’ Circle Demonstration
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm: Special Interactive Presentation for High School Students, Parents, and Teachers
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: MATH Rumble

 

The Details

Wednesday, August 1

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Exhibit Hall and Grand Opening Reception.

Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building

 

Thursday, August 2

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths

Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building

Activities: Origami, Frogs & Toads, Uncut Spaghetti, and Yarn Problems

 

1:30 pm – 5:05 pm: Contributed Paper Session: Great Circles, Great Problems

Governor’s Square 15, Plaza Building

Math Circles are outreach programs for K12 teachers and students, often led by university-based mathematicians, which focus on providing authentic mathematical experiences – where participants enjoy and engage with mathematics as a lively discipline of inquiry, conjecturing, and problem-solving. Presenters will share mathematical problems and activities that can lead to hours of exploration by the curious.

Organizers:

Amanda MatsonClarke University

Diana WhiteNational Association of Math Circles

Sponsor: The SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)

Polyominoes and Blokus

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Sarah Trebat-LederArt of Problem Solving

 

Queen Dido Problems

1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Amanda Katharine SerenevyRiverbend Community Math Center

 

Explore Transformations through Anamorphosis and 3D Art

2:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Mahmud AkelbekWeber State University

 

Positive Net Results: Folding and Unfolding

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Sarah BryantDickinson College
Lance BryantShippensburg University

 

Catapult Planning and Development Activity at the Central Oklahoma Math Circle

2:50 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Erica Bajo CalderonUniversity Of Central Oklahoma

 

Pythagorean Triples: Connections Between Algebra and Geometry

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Mark KoesterMetropolitan State University of Denver

 

Using Paper Folding to Create Islamic Geometric Pattern

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Rebin A. MuhammadOhio University

 

Math Circle at Racquet Up Detroit

3:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Ruth FavroLawrence Technological University
Na YuLawrence Technological University

 

Competitive Constructions: Polyhedra, MESA, and Intuition-first

4:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
James C. TaylorMath Circles Collaborative of New Mexico

 

The Community Alliance for Mathematics

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Brianna DonaldsonAmerican Institute of Mathematics

 

Discussion

4:50 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

5:05 pm – 5:50 pm: SIGMAA-MCST Business Meeting

Governer’s Square 15, Plaza Building

 

6:15 pm – 7:30 pm: Math Circles Reception

Location: TBA

Sponsored by the National Association of Math Circles, the American Institute of Mathematics, and SIGMAA-MCST

 

Friday, August 3

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths

Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building

Activities: Origami, Frogs & Toads, Uncut Spaghetti, and Yarn Problems

 

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm: Meeting the Challenge of Introducing Senior High School Students to Contemporary Mathematics

Tower Court D, Tower Building

Consider the challenge mentioned in the title, why meet it and how? Our suggestion consists of periodically interweaving Mathematics-News-Snapshots (MNSs). We’ll examine a sample MNS against the rationale and the guidelines for MNS authors. Results from interweaving 21 different MNSs in Israel will be followed by a call for collaboration in (i) Developing new MNSs; (ii) Implementing existing MNSs empirically.

A laptop is recommended for this workshop.

Organizers:
Nitsa B. Movshovitz-Hadar and Boaz Silberman, Technion

Sponsor: The SIGMAA on Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics (SIGMAA TAHSM)

 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths

Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building

Activities: Origami, Frogs & Toads, Uncut Spaghetti, and Yarn Problems

 

3:10 pm – 4:30 pm: Mathematical Puzzle Programs: Outreach and Recruitment with Puzzles

Tower Court D, Tower Building

MaPP designs mathematical puzzlehunts for use in university outreach programs. Participating middle/high school students work in teams to solve fun mathematical puzzles based on contemporary mathematics research, many of which decode to locations around the host campus hiding more puzzles. Workshop participants will experience a mini-puzzlehunt for themselves and learn how to partner their institution with MaPP.

Organizers:
Braxton CarriganSouthern Connecticut State University
Steven ClontzUniversity of South Alabama
PJ CouchLamar University

 

Saturday, August 4

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Outreach Activities in Exhibit Hall: NAMC and SIGMAA-MCST booths

Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building

Activities: Origami, Frogs & Toads, Uncut Spaghetti, and Yarn Problems

 

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Math Teachers’ Circle Demonstration

Majestic Ballroom, Tower Building

A Math Teachers’ Circle is a professional development experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics and give teachers a chance to connect with like-minded colleagues. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a Math Teachers’ Circle experience designed for local teachers. While the teachers are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle.

Organizers:
Laura Janssen and Tom ClarkDordt College

 

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm: Special Interactive Presentation for High School Students, Parents, and Teachers: FREAKY FIXED POINTS

Majestic Ballroom, Tower Building

If you open up a map of the US while standing in the US, might there be a point on the paper sitting precisely at the location it represents? If you stir your (mathematically ideal) cup of coffee in the morning, does every point of liquid change location? If you crumple a piece of paper, does every point on it move?

Let’s play games with triangles to discover the freaky existence of fixed points!

Leader: James TantonMathematical Association of America
Organizer: Elgin JohnstonIowa State University

Sponsor: MAA Council on Outreach

 

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: MATH Rumble

Majestic Ballroom, Tower Building

The Math Rumble involves teachers in a Mathematical Creativity Contest including mathematical and pedagogical questions. The intention of the Math Rumble demonstration at Math Fest is to share a fun mathematical contest format with those who lead Math Teachers’ Circles and similar activities.

Organizers:
Ed KeppelmannUniversity of Nevada Reno
Phil YasskinTexas A&M University
Paul ZeitzUniversity of San Francisco

Sponsor: The SIGMAA for Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)