Mathapalooza

MATHAPALOOZA

Friday, March 28, 2014

7:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
(optional Rockhurst University campus tour begins at 12:30 p.m.)
St. Ignatius Science Center
Rockhurst University

Registration deadline is Monday, March 24.

College division (freshmen and sophomores from two or four year colleges) added this year!

High school division: all high school students, grades 9 -12, are welcome.

Teams of high school and college students are invited to participate in the third annual Mathapalooza held at Rockhurst University on Friday, March 28. There will be three different sessions (each lasting 35 minutes) in which teams of students will work on problems in mathematical areas that they do not typically have an opportunity to explore in their high school or early college careers. In addition, each participating team will be entered in a raffle for some fun math related participation prizes!

The goal of this event is to:

  • engage student participants in learning and applying new and interesting mathematics that they would not normally encounter in their classes
  • broaden students' understanding of mathematics and the different types of problems mathematics can help us solve
  • provide an opportunity for students to interact with our mathematics majors
  • expose students to some general topics they might see and experiences they might have if they continued to study math in college

This year we are very excited about our continued partnership with PrepKC!

Thanks to our partnership with PrepKC, students will also attend a career jumping session (a sort of speed dating for careers) to learn about the exciting career possibilities that exist for math majors. Students groups (four or five students per group) will visit with professionals who work in math related areas to talk to them about their careers. Each group will spend approximately 5 minutes with one professional and then when a bell rings each group will rotate to a new professional. Students will also have the opportunity to talk to some of the students in our upper division math classes to learn more about studying math and math related areas in college. We will have tables of these students interspersed with the professional tables during the career jumping event.

We would love if you could send a team (or teams) from your high school or college. Teams should be made of up two to four students and can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZRPFK3Q.

High school division: High school teachers are invited and strongly encouraged to attend with their teams. If a teacher cannot accompany the high school team, then each high school should send an adult chaperone.  

Sarah Hicks, Ph.D., will lead a professional development morning during the math activities for all math teachers. 

Registration closes Monday, March 24.

Note if we reach capacity then we will ask each school to limit their participation to one or two teams as appropriate.

Please forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested. We look forward to seeing your students at Mathapalooza!

The Rockhurst University Math Department

For more information contact:
Mairead Greene, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics and Physics
Mairead.Greene@rockhurst.edu

Mathapalooza is sponsored by Rockhurst University, Cerner, JE Dunn and PrepKC.