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Events of 2009

South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Jan 9, 2009 – May 14, 2009
Working with administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers, we identified ways to strengthen math instruction for students at many Title 1 Primary Centers in South Bend.
Math Academy and Family Math
Jan 11, 2009 – May 28, 2009
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. On Sunday afternoons, the first hour of Math Academy features a Family Math activity to engage younger students in fun mathematics.
Lincoln Primary Center Class Visits
Jan 12, 2009 – May 14, 2009
During the spring of 2009, we observed classes and led hands-on activities in many classrooms at Lincoln Primary Center.
Coquillard Primary Center Class Visits
Jan 12, 2009 – May 14, 2009
During the spring of 2009, we observed classes and led hands-on activities in many classrooms at Coquillard Primary Center.
Perley Primary Center After School Adventure Origami Class
Jan 14, 2009 – Mar 11, 2009
During the spring of 2009, we led a weekly origami class as part of Perley Primary Center's After School Adventure program.
Math Studio at Sample Street Boys and Girls Club
Jan 15, 2009 – May 14, 2009
1st 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 feature activities relating to fractions. We also offer other activities designed to strengthen computational skills and inspire student enthusiasm for math.
Advanced Mathematical Origami Class
Jan 18, 2009 – Apr 5, 2009
Explore the connection between math and origami! Use classic origami bases to create birds, fish, reptiles, and other animals. Construct polyhedra and create tessellations. Try your hand at inventing your own origami designs. Learn how math has revolutionized origami by extending the creative reach of folders. This class is for adults and children who have experience folding many different types of origami animals and shapes. Folds in this class will require patience and precision. The class is free of charge.
Navarre Intermediate Curriculum Leader Visits
Jan 20, 2009 – May 18, 2009
We meet periodically with math curriculum leaders at Navarre to discuss math professional development and student interventions.
Montessori Christian Science Night
Jan 20, 2009
Visitors to our station learned to fold Magic Pinwheels and Sonobe Polyhedra
St. Pius Class Presentations
Jan 23, 2009 – Feb 18, 2009
We presented an interactive talk about Chladni Patterns and Sophie Germain to St. Pius 3rd graders. We also assisted with judging the St. Pius Science Fair.
Grissom Middle School Class Presentations
Jan 23, 2009
Students at Grissom Middle School participate in a variety of math presentations.
Perley Primary Center Class Visits
Jan 27, 2009 – May 14, 2009
During the spring of 2009, we observed classes and led hands-on activities in many classrooms at Perley Primary Center.
HASTI Plumbing Workshop
Feb 5, 2009
Try a hands-on math and science activity that can be used in middle school classrooms to address several state math and science standards.
HASTI Origami Lessons
Feb 5, 2009
Stop by the NISMEC booth or the Mathematical Origami workshop at the Hoosier Association for Science Teachers Conference. Learn to fold magic pinwheels, Sonobe polyhedra, hyperbolic paraboloids, PHiZZ polyhedra, and other origami structures.
Science Alive -- Quilt Fractions
Feb 7, 2009
Participants create paper quilt blocks and analyze the fractions involved with their design.
Science Olympiad -- Experimental Design
Feb 14, 2009
High school students competing in Science Olympiad design and carry out experiments to determine the expansion potential of popcorn
Apprentice Academy Geometry and Trigonometry Class
Feb 23, 2009 – Apr 23, 2009
This 30 hour advanced math class is designed to assist skilled workers displaced by the recent economic downturn to learn additional skills that are in demand at local precision manufacturing shops. Students earn credit hours through Vincennes University.
Coquillard Primary Center Grade Level Meetings
Feb 24, 2009 – Mar 4, 2009
Before each quarter during the 2008 -- 2009 academic year, 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.
Madison Primary Center Class Visits
Mar 24, 2009 – May 14, 2009
During the spring of 2009, we observed classes, met with administrators and teachers, and led hands-on activities in many classrooms at Madison Primary Center.
Muessel Primary Center Class Visits
Mar 24, 2009 – May 14, 2009
During the spring of 2009, we observed classes and led hands-on activities in many classrooms at Muessel Primary Center.
GED Class
Mar 31, 2009 – May 31, 2009
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, we offer a GED Class for adult students, sponsored by the Adult Education Department of the South Bend Community School Corporation.
Great Circles Conference at MSRI
Apr 16, 2009 – Apr 17, 2009
We co-organized the first Great Circles Conference at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California. Mathematicians and teachers from around the United States and Canada met for two days to network and share ideas for leading math outreach activities for children and teachers.
Next Steps Conference
Apr 24, 2009
Our community's second annual Next Steps in Math and Science Education conference brought together approximately 100 educators, business owners, parents, professors, government officials, administrators, and community leaders to discuss strategies for improving STEM education. Bertha Carson-King gave the keynote address, and a panel of business, community, and education leaders provided context for this issue. Breakout sessions allowed participants to network and brainstorm next steps for improving math and science education in our community.
Panelist for Capstone Presentation at Holy Cross College
Apr 27, 2009
We provided an external panel member for a senior capstone presentation at Holy Cross College. This formal presentation is much like a thesis defense, with special emphasis on the student’s growth in the college’s core competencies and learning outcomes. The student’s evaluation panel poses questions about the student's portfolio and presentation, drawing out what the student has learned throughout the program.
Philosophy and Calculus Mini-Course
May 11, 2009 – May 15, 2009
During this week-long mini-course, we approached Calculus from and intuitive and philosophical perspective. We used a motion detector to find derivatives and integrals "by graph" instead of computationally. We also explored Xeno's paradoxes, discussed properties of real, rational, and natural numbers, considered Berkeley's criticisms of Calculus as initially formulated by Newton and Leibniz, and explored how Cauchy's introduction of limits resolved these difficulties.
IUSB Teacher Math Preparation Meeting
May 20, 2009
We invited a group of representatives from the IUSB Math Department, the IUSB School of Education, and the South Bend Community School Corporation to join in a conversation about the current state of teacher preparation in mathematics in our community.
Math and Technology Academy
Jun 3, 2009 – Jul 31, 2009
The Math and Technology 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 -- Math Trail
Jun 7, 2009 – Jun 14, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. Our topic on June 7th and June 14th was Math Trails. On June 7th, students followed a Math Trail along two blocks in downtown South Bend. Afterwards, they discussed their solutions to the problems they encountered. On June 14th, students created their own questions for a Math Trail and discussed what needs to be included in a question for it to be solvable.
Ivy Tech Middle School Math Workshop
Jun 8, 2009 – Jun 19, 2009
Math teachers from each of the ten intermediate centers in South Bend Community School Corporation participated in a two week teaching techniques workshop. The overall themes of the workshop were providing experiences that build conceptual understanding, and helping students to make the transition from pre-algebraic to algebraic reasoning without losing their problem solving skills. Sessions related to fractions, algebra, and project based learning incorporating multiple math skills.
Family Math -- Nets of Polyhedra
Jun 28, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was nets of polyhedra. Participants taped cardstock squares together to form candidate nets and predicted which of them would fold into cubes. We also decorated and folded nets to make other polyhedra to take home.
Math Circle Teacher Training Institute
Jul 5, 2009 – Jul 11, 2009
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 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.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Jul 20, 2009 – Jul 22, 2009
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. We co-led summer training sessions for curriculum leaders and teachers to prepare for new initiatives for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Reasoning Mind Math Circle Conference Call
Jul 31, 2009
The founders of <a href="http://www.reasoningmind.org">Reasoning Mind</a>, a math program featuring a hybrid of online and face-to-face instruction, are planning to launch their own Math Circle in the Houston, Texas area in the fall of 2009. We spoke by phone to answer various questions that they had about the Math Circle format.
Project NeXT Session on K-12 Outreach
Aug 5, 2009
Project NeXT invited us to participate on the panel for the K-12 Outreach Session during Math Fest in Portland, Oregon. We presented an overview of the needs of K-12 school districts that can be addressed by mathematicians. We also outlined our outreach efforts to South Bend area schools as well as our public outreach programs.
SIGMAA on Circles Presentation
Aug 8, 2009
The SIGMAA on Circles invited us to present during their session at Math Fest in Portland, Oregon. We gave an overview of our work with schools and our outreach efforts. We also shared Math Circle topics that have proven to be popular with upper elementary and middle school students in our programs.
Math and Technology Academy
Aug 17, 2009 – Dec 17, 2009
The Math and Technology 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.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Aug 17, 2009 – Dec 15, 2009
Working with administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers, we identified ways to strengthen math instruction for students at many Title 1 Primary Centers in South Bend.
New York City Math Circle Consultation
Aug 18, 2009
Jesse Johnson, a teacher who is forming a new Math Circle in New York City, asked for some information about leading a Math Circle class on tessellations for high school students.
Meeting with Advanced Twin Branch 6th Graders
Aug 24, 2009 – Aug 25, 2009
Amanda met with two 6th grade students in Caryn Ellison's classroom at Twin Branch Elementary School in Mishawaka. The two students are ready to launch into an algebra book that requires the use of a graphing calculator. Amanda oriented the students to the use of the TI-83 graphing calculator and met with Caryn briefly the following evening to answer additional questions that emerged.
School City of Mishawaka Consulting and Professional Development
Aug 24, 2009 – Dec 20, 2009
Working with administrators and teachers, we supported the implementation of a new math program for high-ability students in 4th through 6th grades at all seven elementary schools. We also worked with John Young Middle School teachers to examine math instruction at the middle school level.
Apprentice Academy Basic Math Classes
Aug 25, 2009 – Oct 8, 2009
This 30 hour basic math class is designed to assist skilled workers displaced by the recent economic downturn to sharpen basic math skills including fractions, problems solving, and basic algebra. Students earn credit hours through Vincennes University.
Consulting for Grissom Middle School Professional Development Sessions
Sep 1, 2009 – Dec 17, 2009
During the 2009--2010 academic year, Dr.~Julie Turner, a professor of psychology at Notre Dame is training middle school teachers at Grissom Middle School to use principals of motivation theory to improve student engagement. Dr.~Amanda Serenevy served as a math content specialist to help plan these trainings during Dr.~Turner's May planning session.
Consulting with Brookline Math Circle
Sep 5, 2009
We conferred by email and phone with Kate Hendrix of the Brookline Math Circle to work out some questions about formulas for integer sequences.
Community Research Project
Sep 13, 2009 – Dec 6, 2009
Our Community Research Project provides participants of all ages with the opportunity to investigate an open problem and publish their results. This semester, we are investigating the following topic: How can we construct a fair three-sided cylindrical die? For example, a "short" cylinder will almost always land on one of the ends and rarely on the side. A tall cylinder will almost always land on its side and rarely on an end. How should we construct the die so that if we label the ends with "1" and "2" and the side with "3" each number will have an equal chance of coming up?
Family Math -- Divisibility Tests
Sep 13, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was divisibility tests. Participants used tokens and base ten blocks to investigate divisibility tests for base ten.
Family Math -- Binary Counters
Sep 20, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was the binary number system. We solved King Arthur's communication problems, learned how to represent binary numbers using several techniques, and practiced counting in binary.
Art Beat
Sep 26, 2009
Drop by our booth to learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron or a Magic Pinwheel.
Family Math -- Coin Mysteries
Sep 27, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was coin mysteries. Participants used algebraic thinking to solve and create puzzles about coins hidden in a bag.
Family Math -- Coin Mysteries
Sep 27, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was coin mysteries. Participants used algebraic thinking to solve and create puzzles about coins hidden in a bag.
Family Math -- Fairies and Giants
Oct 4, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was fairies and giants. Participants used proportional reasoning to reconstruct the sizes of giants and fairies based on the sizes of their fingerprints.
Family Math -- Fairies and Giants
Oct 4, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was fairies and giants. Participants used proportional reasoning to reconstruct the sizes of giants and fairies based on the sizes of their fingerprints.
ETHOS Science Spooktacular
Oct 9, 2009 – Oct 10, 2009
Learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron at Elkhart's Hands-On Science Center
Consulting with Winston-Salem Math Circle
Oct 9, 2009 – Oct 19, 2009
We conferred by email and phone with Jim Kuzmanovich of the Winston-Salem area in North Carolina about possibly starting a Math Circle or other outreach program.
Family Math -- Ancient Number Systems
Oct 18, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was ancient number systems. Participants learned how to count and do arithmetic using Roman, Mayan, and Chinese number systems
Family Math -- Ancient Number Systems
Oct 18, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was ancient number systems. Participants learned how to count and do arithmetic using Roman, Mayan, and Chinese number systems
Family Math -- Games and Probability
Oct 25, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was games and probability. Participants analyzed several popular games to determine what outcomes are most likely and how that relates to strategies for playing.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Oct 27, 2009 – Dec 1, 2009
Teachers and curriculum leaders from throughout the South Bend Community School Corporation participated in grade-level workshops focusing on problem solving.
Eastwood Elementary Science Night
Oct 28, 2009
Visitors to our station learned to fold Magic Pinwheels and Sonobe Polyhedra
First Fridays -- Kids Night
Nov 6, 2009
Downtown South Bend, Incorporated sponsors a series of First Friday events in downtown South Bend to highlight local businesses and bring people together. November's event offered fun activities for families with children. We participated by teaching modular origami at Spark Fine Stationary on Michigan Street.
George Rickey Walk Family Day
Nov 7, 2009
The South Bend Museum of Art offers Family Days on most weekends. During this Family Day, we first learned modular origami to build several different kinds of shapes. During the second part of the event, we viewed six George Rickey sculptures on display this year in downtown South Bend. At each sculpture, we discussed related math, science, and art questions. South Bend Museum of Art curator Jessi Loyd walked with us to provide an artist's perspective on each piece.
Family Math -- Pythagorean Theorem
Nov 15, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was the Pythagorean Theorem. Participants used a rope with equally spaced knots to see how the ancient Egyptians constructed right triangles in order to build the pyramids. Participants also explored several proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. Finally, students discussed the amazing fact that the Pythagorean Theorem does not just apply to squares built on the legs and hypotenuse of a right triangle, but also applies to the areas of any similar figures analagously constructed.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Nov 17, 2009 – Jan 7, 2010
The South Bend Community School Corporation held a Teacher Academy during the 2009 -- 2010 academic year for thirty K-4 teachers. Meeting in groups of ten, teachers spent three full-time two-week sessions discussing classroom management, best practices in instruction, and understanding children from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. We provided each group of ten teachers with two days on best practices in mathematics instruction.
Ladies of Notre Dame Origami Night
Nov 18, 2009
We taught members of the Ladies of Notre Dame to fold origami polyhedra.
IUSB's Triton High School Visit Day
Nov 19, 2009
As part of IUSB's Triton High School Visit Day, we presented "Careers in Math, Science, and Technology" for the prospective college students.
Family Math -- Order of Operations
Nov 22, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was Order of Operations. Participants explored the consequences of not specifying an order for performing various arithmetic operations. Participants also tackled the four 4's challenge -- building each number from 1 to 50 using exactly four 4s, no other digits, and any operations.
Ladies of Notre Dame Origami Night
Dec 6, 2009
We taught children to make origami polyhedra and magic pinwheels at the annual holiday party for the Notre Dame Community Relations Department.
Grissom Middle School Class Presentations
Dec 11, 2009
Students at Grissom Middle School participated in a mathematical origami day.
Family Math -- Origami
Dec 13, 2009
Family Math provides an opportunity for grade school children and their families to have fun together while learning about a math topic. The topic for this session was Origami. Participants built Sonobe polyhedra, made Magic Pinwheels, and tackled more complicated modular origami such as Tom Hull's PHiZZ module and Tomoko Fuse's Star Kusadama.
Good Shephard Montessori Origami Presentation
Dec 17, 2009
Students at Good Shephard Montessori participated in a mathematical origami class.
Santa's Workshop Origami
Dec 20, 2009 – Dec 22, 2009
Participants learned to fold Sonobe polyhedra and Magic Pinwheels.