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Events of 2008

Saturday Math Circle
Jan 12, 2008 – Apr 30, 2008
Math Circle is for students with long attention spans who enjoy tackling interesting questions. Students learn to collaborate with others while developing and defending their mathematical ideas.
Math Studio at Navarre LEAP program
Jan 14, 2008 – Apr 21, 2008
5th grade students in Navarre Intermediate School's LEAP program work in small groups with assistance from teachers as we explore various math topics. Each topic is developed over a period of a month during our weekly meetings.
Teacher Circle
Jan 15, 2008 – May 20, 2008
Teachers from Marshall, Brown, and LaSalle Intermediate Centers meet on a monthly basis to discuss methods for motivating middle school math students. Dr. Julie Turner of Notre Dame leads these monthly conversations.
GED Class Visits
Jan 16, 2008 – May 27, 2008
Working in partnership with the Adult Education Department at the South Bend Community School Corporation, we are exploring innovative new ways to improve math instruction in GED classes.
Fractals Class
Jan 20, 2008 – Apr 20, 2008
Fractals are intricate computer-generated designs based on algebraic formulas. Middle school, high school, and adult students practice their algebra skills while learning to create fractal designs. Half of each session is reserved for homework help.
Hums Elementary School Class Presentations
Jan 24, 2008 – Apr 3, 2008
Students at Hums Elementary School participate in several math and origami activities during a parent math night and during classes.
Grissom Middle School Class Presentations and Observations
Jan 24, 2008 – Apr 24, 2008
Working in partnership with teachers and administrators, we look for ways to enhance math instruction at Grissom Middle School.
Bethel Origami Night
Jan 29, 2008
Learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron.
Math Studio at Sample Street Boys and Girls Club
Jan 30, 2008 – Apr 30, 2008
3rd through 6th grade students at the Sample Street Boys and Girls Club stop by the Math Studio Room to try hands-on math activities. During the spring semester, our weekly sessions involve activities relating to our theme of mathematical origami. We also offer other activities designed to strengthen computational skills and inspire student enthusiasm for math.
Lincoln Primary Center Class Presentations
Feb 1, 2008 – Apr 30, 2008
Students at Lincoln Primary Center participate in a variety of hands-on math activities and games designed to reinforce concepts they are learning in their math classes.
Science Alive -- Gumdrop Polyhedra
Feb 2, 2008
Participants build gumdrop polyhedra and investigate some of the properties of the shapes they build
HASTI Origami Lessons
Feb 7, 2008 – Feb 8, 2008
Stop by the NISMEC booth at the Hoosier Association for Science Teachers Conference. Learn to fold magic pinwheels, Sonobe polyhedra, hyperbolic paraboloids, PHiZZ polyhedra, and other origami structures.
HASTI Owls and Voles
Feb 8, 2008
Try a hands-on math and science activity that can be used in middle school classrooms to address several state math and science standards.
Science Olympiad -- Experimental Design
Feb 16, 2008
High school students competing in Science Olympiad design and carry out experiments to determine the bouyant force of helium in water and in air.
Madison Primary Center Science Fair -- Origami
Feb 21, 2008
Stop by our table at the Madison Primary Center Science Fair to try your hand at folding a variety of origami animals and polyhedra.
Slice of Life Presentations
Mar 7, 2008 – Apr 9, 2008
The Slice of Life after school program meets at River Park United Methodist Church. We involved parents and students in a hands-on polyhedron building activity. We also presented hands-on activity ideas to staff and volunteers in the program during spring break.
Center for the Homeless Presentations
Mar 13, 2008 – Mar 19, 2008
During two presentations observed by instructors at the Center for the Homeless, we present a variety of pedagogical approaches and activities designed to teach fractions and decimals.
Dickenson Intermediate Center Plumber Career Program
Apr 3, 2008 – Apr 24, 2008
8th grade students at Dickenson Intermediate Center work with plumbers and other mentors to tackle hands-on plumbing challenges involving mathematics.
Next Steps Conference
Apr 18, 2008
Our community's first annual Next Steps in Math and Science Education conference brought together over 150 educators, business owners, parents, professors, government officials, administrators, and community leaders to discuss strategies for improving STEM education. Dr. Carlos Castillo Chavez shared his experiences coordinating math and science outreach programs during the keynote address. Breakout sessions provided opportunities for people to share information about local outreach initiatives and to meet others interested in tackling this issue.
Coquillard Primary Center Professional Development
Apr 28, 2008 – Apr 30, 2008
Over two and a half days, we met by grade level with all teachers at Coquillard Primary Center. We looked for ways to strengthen math instruction, introduced a math notebooking plan, and addressed questions about the curriculum at each grade level.
LaSalle Presentation
May 21, 2008
Students at LaSalle Intermediate Center share their findings on the accuracy and usefulness of several indirect height measurement techniques including the shadow method, using their math kit clinometers, and using a 12" ruler to assess the height proportionally. Amanda then gave a "What is a mathematician?" presentation.
Grissom Middle School Professional Development
May 23, 2008
Working with teacher Sandy Zane, we map out a curriculum for a math support class for struggling students at Grissom Middle School.
Michiana Math Teacher Circle
May 27, 2008 – Aug 31, 2008
Teachers and mathematicians from the Michiana area meet on a monthly basis to trade fun math problems.
New Horizons Church Math Studio
Jun 4, 2008 – Jun 25, 2008
Students ages 5 through 15 participate in fun hands-on math activities during bible study for their parents.
Hamilton Primary Center Teacher Workshop
Jun 5, 2008
During this teacher workshop, we discussed the pedagogical scaffolding involved in teaching any math topic conceptually and did several related hands-on activities. We talked about ways of using math journals to help students to deepen and become aware of their mathematical learning. We brainstormed ideas for involving parents in supporting student learning of math. Finally, we examined the first quarter curriculum at each grade level in light of the scaffolding needed for conceptual understanding.
Middle School Math and Science Guided Inquiry Workshops
Jun 9, 2008 – Jun 27, 2008
Math and science teachers from local middle Schools participate in discussions and hands-on math and science activities to learn more about guided inquiry teaching and how to apply it in their own classes. One group of teachers participated in a one-week version of the program. The other program lasted for two weeks.
Conceptual Approaches to Teaching Middle School Mathematics Workshop
Jun 23, 2008 – Jun 27, 2008
Middle school math teachers met with mathematicians Anna Varvak and Amanda Serenevy, and educational psychologist Julie Turner to discuss teaching for conceptual understanding. Participants examined the concepts underlying conventional procedures, shared teaching strategies that promote learning of the underlying concepts, and developed lesson plans that engage conceptual learning in the process of strengthening procedural knowledge. Topics included multiplication, division, place value, integer operations, linear relationships, fractions, decimals, percents, and measurement.
Math Circle Teacher Training Institute
Jul 6, 2008 – Jul 12, 2008
About 30 mathematicians, teachers, and other math enthusiasts from around the country paticipated in this week-long institute at Notre Dame led by Bob and Ellen Kaplan with assistance from Sam Lichtenstein and Amanda Serenevy. Participants experienced Math Circles as students, shared ideas for starting Math Circles, led Math Circles for children, and delved into a number of engaging mathematical questions.
Culinary Arts Math Class
Jul 14, 2008 – Aug 20, 2008
This math class for students from South Bend Community School Corporation's Culinary Arts Program was designed to strengthen math skills needed to pass a placement test at Ivy Tech required of all Culinary Arts students. The class included a review of fractions and basic algebra, an introduction to Excel, and real world projects based on Culinary Arts themes.
Summer Math and Technology Academy
Jul 14, 2008 – Aug 8, 2008
The Summer Math and Technology Academy is a free program for self-motivated middle school, high school, and adult students. Each student chooses his or her own guided study program.
Apprentice Academy Camp
Jul 28, 2008 – Jul 30, 2008
We assisted the Apprentice Academy with three days of their 5 day camp for high school students. During the camp, students were introduced to a variety of technical skills, principles of entrepreneurship, and personal finance.
Lafayette Primary Center Teacher Workshop
Aug 5, 2008
During this teacher workshop, we discussed the pedagogical scaffolding involved in teaching any math topic conceptually and did several related hands-on activities. We talked about ways of using math journals to help students to deepen and become aware of their mathematical learning. We brainstormed ideas for involving parents in supporting student learning of math. Finally, we examined the first quarter curriculum at each grade level in light of the scaffolding needed for conceptual understanding.
John Young Middle School Consultations
Aug 7, 2008 – Dec 15, 2008
During these meetings, we worked with staff at John Young Middle School to develop a project- based mathematics class for 7th gade students to begin during the 2008-2009 academic year.
Mishawaka School Consultations
Aug 7, 2008 – Dec 15, 2008
During these meetings, we worked with staff at John Young Middle School and the School City of Mishawaka to develop a project-based mathematics classes for middle and high school students.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Aug 19, 2008 – Dec 17, 2008
Working with administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers, we identified ways to strenthen math instruction for students at many Title 1 Primary Centers in South Bend.
Wilson ISTEP Review
Sep 3, 2008 – Sep 11, 2008
We helped 3rd and 4th grade students review for ISTEPs for five days after school.
Art Beat
Sep 4, 2008
Drop by our booth to learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron or a Magic Pinwheel.
Math Academy
Sep 7, 2008 – Dec 17, 2008
The Math Academy is a free program open to the public. Students of all ages can get help with homework, work on a guided independent study project, or try one of our hands-on math activities.
Family Math - Balloon Racers
Sep 7, 2008
Design your own balloon powered vehicles and race them. How can we tell which one is the best racer of them all? Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
Math Studio at Sample Street Boys and Girls Club
Sep 8, 2008 – Dec 15, 2008
3rd through 6th grade students at the Sample Street Boys and Girls Club stop by the Math Studio Room to try hands-on math activities. During the fall semester, our weekly sessions feature activities relating to the theme of polyons and polyhedra. We also offer other activities designed to strengthen computational skills and inspire student enthusiasm for math. A separate weekly session focusing on digital electronics exposes middle school students to different bases, logic, scientific notation and simple equations.
Family Math - Modular Bracelets
Sep 14, 2008
Jump around number circles and build patterned bracelets as you investigate properties of modular arithmetic. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
Michiana Math Teacher Circle
Sep 17, 2008 – Dec 31, 2008
Teachers and mathematicians from the Michiana area meet on a monthly basis to trade fun math problems.
Grissom Middle School Class Presentations
Sep 18, 2008 – Dec 19, 2008
Students at Grissom Middle School participate in a variety of math presentations.
Rum Village Fall Festival
Sep 20, 2008
Drop by our booth to learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron or a Magic Pinwheel.
Family Math - Alien Math
Sep 21, 2008
Learn to do arithmetic like an alien who has a total of only five fingers. Build an alien abacus to help with your work. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
Family Math - Happy Numbers
Sep 28, 2008
Use tokens and arithmetic to look for happy numbers, onederful numbers, perfect numbers, abundant numbers, and deficient numbers. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Sep 30, 2008 – Oct 14, 2008
Teachers and curriculum leaders from throughout the South Bend Community School Corporation participated in grade-level specific activities relating to a work of children's literature. We also discussed NCTM curriculum focal points and tips for incorporating more writing and critical thinking in the classroom.
Coquillard Primary Center Professional Development
Oct 1, 2008 – Dec 2, 2008
Before each quarter, we met by grade level with all teachers at Coquillard Primary Center. We looked for ways to strengthen math instruction, introduced a math notebooking plan, and addressed questions about the curriculum at each grade level for the upcoming quarter.
Family Math - Plotted Pictures
Oct 5, 2008
Plot the points and connect the dots to reveal the pictures. Make your own designs for others to try. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
South Bend Community School Corporation Class Presentations
Oct 6, 2008 – Dec 15, 2008
Students in South Bend Schools participate in a variety of math presentations, ranging from hands-on activities with base ten blocks to a Fermi estimation of how many popcorn kernels would be needed to fill a classroom.
Perley Primary Origami Class Presentations
Oct 10, 2008
Third grade students at Perley Primary Center learn to fold Magic Pinwheels and Sonobe Polyhedra.
ETHOS Science Spooktacular
Oct 17, 2008 – Oct 18, 2008
Learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron.
Family Math - Owls and Voles
Oct 19, 2008
Play the roll of a family of barn owls hunting for meadow voles. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
Edison Intermediate Center Science Days
Oct 20, 2008 – Oct 21, 2008
How many meadow voles does it take to feed a family of barn owls? Find out by playing the part of a family of barn owls hunting for gummy bear meadow voles. Working as mathematical biologists, we will create models that show how barn owls and meadow voles in the wild interact.
Math Academy Tutor Training
Oct 23, 2008 – Oct 30, 2008
Tutors in the Math Academy program learn to lead several hands-on math activities including origami magic pinwheels, polyhedron families, and digital electronics.
Family Math - Spooky Math Games
Oct 26, 2008
Try some of our Halloween math games and design and play your own. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
IUSB Tutor Training
Oct 29, 2008 – Oct 31, 2008
Tutors in the IUSB learning resource center learn to use models to motivate basic fractions concepts.
Family Math - Voting Theory
Nov 2, 2008
Who will win? You decide as you choose vote counting methods and gerrymander districts. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
Family Math - Isodot Drawings
Nov 9, 2008
Learn to daw cubes and other three-dimensional figures using isodot paper. Family Math is a free program open to people ages 5 and up.
Family Math - Mobius Bands and Loop Bouquets
Nov 16, 2008
Tape and cut as we explore the area of mathematics known as topology.
Family Math - Sona Designs
Nov 23, 2008
Try your hand at drawing ``sona'' --- traditional designs invented by the Chokwe people, who live in central Africa. Determine which patterns can be completed without lifting your pencil.
Family Math - Euler Trails
Nov 30, 2008
When is it possible to cross each bridge in a river-walk exactly once? We will retrace Leonhard Euler's footsteps as we explore this problem for river-walks in several cities.
St. Pius Class Presentations
Dec 1, 2008
Students at St. Pius School figure out how to weigh a tree.
Family Math - Chladni Patterns and Lissajous Figures
Dec 14, 2008
Investigate ways of using periodic motion to make amazing sand designs.