Eastern Ky. Math Teachers' Circle Invited to Present at Smithsonian

The Eastern Kentucky Math Teachers’ Circle, established last year at Eastern Kentucky University, has been invited to make a presentation at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. in April as part of the national exhibit, MathAlive, and the Circle on the Road Workshop.

Funding from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute will allow Nancy Blue Williams and Dr. Cheryll Crowe of the EKU mathematics faculty along with two teachers from Corbin Middle School, Michele Anderson and Cindy Davis, to participate in the prestigious event.

In 2011, a team of mathematics educators at EKU received an approximately $10,000 nationally competitive grant from the American Institute of Mathematics to bring together EKU mathematics faculty with middle school mathematics teachers as part of an effort to enhance math education across the region. The math teachers circle is the first such circle in Kentucky and evolved from the national “circles” movement.

The ultimate goal of Math Circles is to engage middle school teachers in mathematics and encourage education to stir in middle school students the desire to pursue studies and a career in a STEM (science/technology/engineering/mathematics) discipline, repeatedly cited as a major need in the American workplace and society.

MathAlive, housed in the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center through June 3, brings to life the real math behind some of the activities children enjoy – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more – and is designed to answer the age-old question, “Will I ever use all this math they’re teaching us?”

The Circle on the Road workshop, April 13-15, will bring together new and experienced leaders of math circles. Activities, to be held at George Washington University and at the Smithsonian, will include discussions, presentations and a mathematics festival.

For more information about math circles, contact Dr. Crowe at EKU at 859-622-1620 or at cheryll.crowe@eku.edu.

Published on March 25, 2012

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