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Four Volunteers from the FSU College of Education Took on Leadership Roles at Annual Math Fun Day

November 14, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 4.09.28 PM.pngOn Saturday, October 8, the Florida State University Department of Mathematics hosted its annual Math Fun Day and four volunteers from the FSU College of Education’s School of Teacher Education took on leadership roles at the event by presenting hands-on workshops.

Each year, the Department of Mathematics hosts Math Fun Day. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers from across campus engage with the community to demonstrate that “MATH is FUN,” and to celebrate the importance, ubiquity, beauty and fun of mathematics.

This year, Math Fun Day included presentations, exhibits, and activities for the public and was staffed by more than 60 volunteers from the Department of Mathematics, Meteorology Department, Department of Computer Science, Department of Biological Science, and the School of Teacher Education. More than 800 people participated in this year’s event, and it was the most successful Math Fun Day to date. 

The FSU College of Education’s School of Teacher Education volunteers included:

  • Dr. Christine Andrews-Larson, assistant professor of Mathematics Education, who presented a hands-on workshop on modeling
  • Dr. Ian Whitacre, assistant professor of Elementary Mathematics Education, who taught a workshop on common core math
  • Chian Can, an FSU COE Graduate student, who gave a hands-on workshop on trigonometry
  • Sebnem Atabas, an FSU COE Graduate student, who led a modeling workshop

At the end of the day, the consensus was that Math Fun Day made a positive impact on the Tallahassee community and helped to instill a love of math in many of the children and families who attended.

“My daughter started participating in Mini-Mu competitions. She was excited because she is getting questions correct and she says it is because she attended Math Fun Day last year! We had to come back this year.”

“Thank you so much for this event! My son has been seriously struggling in math over the last two years… As a result, he has developed a negative idea of math. Needless to say, he was not happy about coming today. By the end of the day, however, he used words like ‘cool!’ ‘awesome!’ and ‘amazing!’ and he began leading ME around to the sessions! He seemed excited about math again. This was time well spent! Thanks so much again!”

For more information about the FSU Department of Mathematics’ Math Fun Day, visit http://www.math.fsu.edu/MathFunDay/.

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