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Events of 2012

Math and Technology Academy
Jan 5, 2012 – May 31, 2012
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.
National Association of Math Circles Activities at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
Jan 5, 2012 – Jan 7, 2012
As an active member of the National Association of Math Circles, we participated in several sessions at the Joint Math Meetings in Boston as well as sharing hands-on activity ideas with current and future Math Circle leaders. Approximately 100 people participated in sessions during three different days. We also co-organized research talks for the Summer Program for Women in Mathematics reunion during the Joint Math Metings. About 50 people attended these talks.
Math Support for CTE Courses
Jan 9, 2012 – May 10, 2012
On a weekly basis, we offered math support for students in South Bend Community School Corporation's Culinary Arts, Radio/TV, and Building Trades Programs. In addition to helping to strengthen algebra and other math skills needed by students, we provided weekly hands-on activities designed to show the importance of math in daily life and to improve conceptual understanding of various math concepts. In addition to this work with students, we also led quarterly full-day professional development workshops for the instructors of a wide range of Career and Technical Education courses.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Jan 11, 2012 – Apr 12, 2012
Working with administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers, we identified ways to strengthen math instruction for students at many schools in South Bend. We also led many hands-on math workshops for primary and intermediate center teachers.
Changes in Mathematics Education Talk For North Central Dental Society
Jan 20, 2012
Amanda presented a lunch-time talk on changes in mathematics education for members of the North Central Dental Society of Indiana during their professional development day. The talk included a discussion of reasons for changing educational philosophies encapsulated in the Common Core State Standards, and was followed by a question and answer session from the dentists. As members of a profession involving scientific skill, and as concerned parents and community members, many dentists in the group were interested in learning more about this topic.
John Young Junior High School Math Counts Competition Coaching
Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 4, 2012
During late January and early February, Riverbend instructor Art Terlep met on a daily basis with members of the John Young Junior High School Math Counts Team to prepare them for the competition. The team won their regional competition and advanced to the state level.
Fermi Math Circle
Jan 27, 2012 – May 25, 2012
During this Math Circle, we used mathematical models to investigate a range of topics including physics, nutrition and food waste, neuroscience, and political economics. We studied the history of yupanas, a form of abacus used by the Incas. Students explored a range of theories about how yupanas may have worked, and tried those methods out to see if they seemed practical. We discussed mathematical topics from differential calculus, including the history and philosophy of calculus, the definition of the derivative, using the binomial theorem to find derivatives of polynomial functions, understanding the definition of the function e to the x, and finding Taylor polynomials for non-polynmial functions. We also dabbled in topics from differential equations and complex analysis. We made several field trips this semester, including one to the Notre Dame nuclear physics lab, and one to learn about remote sensing from Notre Dame's JINA program (Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics. We visited Ivy Tech Community College several times to work with Biotechnology Professor George Twaddle. During those visits students inserted plasmids including a glowing green marker into bacteria and determined the rate of efficiency of the transfer method.
Science Alive -- Motion Detector Challenges
Feb 4, 2012
Participants take qualitative derivatives and integrals as they move to make a motion detector generate target position and velocity graphs.
Science Olympiad -- Experimental Design
Feb 11, 2012
High school students competing in Science Olympiad design and carry out experiments to explore factors that would be important to your success when yanking a table cloth from beneath a table of dishes.
Perley Primary Center Robot Classes
Feb 15, 2012 – Apr 26, 2012
Using our collection of Lego Mindstorm components, Riverbend instructor David Stair offered two weekly beginning robotics classes for elementary students at Perley Primary Center as part of their after-school program.
Veritas Academy Consulting and Professional Development
Feb 16, 2012 – Mar 23, 2012
During this semester, Riverbend educational consultant Cheryl Nix met with teachers and presented lesson demonstrations for K-8 teachers at Veritas Academy.
Veritas Academy Consulting and Professional Development
Feb 16, 2012 – Apr 30, 2012
During this semester, Riverbend educational consultant Cheryl Nix met with teachers and presented lesson demonstrations for K-8 teachers at Veritas Academy.
Collaborating for Education and Research Forum
Feb 25, 2012
Amanda presented Riverbend's vision for transforming math education in our community during this forum at Notre Dame.
Math For Everyone Talk and Exhibit: Discovering Origami Theorems
Mar 8, 2012
In March, Amanda presented a Math For Everyone Talk at the University of Notre Dame. As part of the advertising for this event, Amanda also created a mathematical origami exhibit in the Notre Dame Mathematics Library which was displayed during most of the spring semester. It is impossible to use a straight-edge and compass to trisect an arbitrary angle. However, this feat can be accomplished by folding paper. During this talk, we will discover and prove many origami theorems, analyze Huzita's origami axioms, and fold a theoretically impossible hyperbolic paraboloid using a single sheet of paper with no cuts.
School City of Mishawaka Consulting and Professional Development
Mar 19, 2012 – Mar 29, 2012
Working with administrators and teachers, Amanda Serenevy assisted with professional development workshops supporting the implementation of a new math program for high-ability students in Kindergarten through 6th grades at all seven elementary schools.
Xavier School of Excellence Professional Development
Apr 4, 2012 – Apr 18, 2012
Cheryl Nix led two professional development sessions at Xavier School of Excellence during this month. The first workshop was for Kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers on Rekenreks as a tool for differentiating number sense instruction. The second workshop was for 4th through 7th grade teachers on math games that motivate students to master math skills.
Circle on the Road
Apr 13, 2012 – Apr 15, 2012
We participated in "Circle on the Road", a national Math Circle conference organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Washington D.C. The event included a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at the Smithsonian Museum. Amanda Serenevy assisted with logistics for the event and led several activity tables including mathematical origami and rational tangles. The other two days featured presentations by Math Circle leaders from around the country as well as opportunities to network.
Veritas Mathletes Program
Apr 16, 2012 – Apr 25, 2012
About 25 3rd through 8th grade students at Veritas Academy met for an hour after school to prepare for standardized tests
Veritas Mathletes Program
Apr 16, 2012 – Apr 25, 2012
About 25 3rd through 8th grade students at Veritas Academy met for an hour after school twice a week with tutors from Riverbend Community Math Center to work on their math learning goals.
One Book, One Michiana: Sherlock Holmes
Apr 17, 2012 – Apr 18, 2012
The St. Joseph County Public Library organized a month of activities relating to Sherlock Holmes. As part of the festivities, we presented a cryptology activity at two library branches.
Holy Family School Math Consultations
Apr 19, 2012 – May 19, 2012
Amanda Serenevy visited Holy Family School several times to talk about math instruction with teachers and to bring a mathematical origami activity for the students.
National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference
Apr 26, 2012 – Apr 28, 2012
Amanda Serenevy attended the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Philadelphia along with several local math teachers. During the conference, she taught mathematical origami activities to about 50 conference participants.
Astrofest
Apr 27, 2012 – Apr 28, 2012
In collaboration with the Michiana Astronomical Society, Riverbend staff members helped to plan and present stations for a two-day Astrofest at Kennedy Primary Center and at Union Station. Local astronomy enthusiasts Chuck Bueter and Ruth Craft worked with Riverbend instructor Peggy Jones to design a dozen hands-on activities to help students learn about the upcoming Transit of Venus, exoplanets, and other astronomy topics. Riverbend staff members directed many of the activities during the two-day event.
Transit of Venus Scavenger Adventure
May 1, 2012 – May 31, 2012
In collaboration with Chuck Bueter from the Michiana Astronomical Society, Riverbend staff members created a community-wide scavenger adventure about the Transit of Venus with sites around the Michiana area. Each site featured an informational poster about some aspect of the Transit of Venus, an interesting artifact, and a keyword that participants collected in order to earn solar shades to use for safe viewing during the Transit of Venus. The Scavenger of Adventure ran during the entire month of May leading up to the June 6th Transit of Venus.
Columbia City Schools Consulting and Professional Development
Jun 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012
During this calendar year, we provided math professional development for Columbia City Schools. During this calendar year, we provided consultations and classroom demonstration for K-12 teachers.
Charles Martin Community Festival
Jun 2, 2012
Drop by our booth to learn to fold a Sonobe polyhedron or a Magic Pinwheel.
Math and Technology Academy
Jun 4, 2012 – Aug 2, 2012
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.
Math For Everyone Talk and Exhibit: Discovering Origami Theorems
Jun 12, 2012
Amanda Serenevy collaborated with South Bend teacher Karen Hunter to present a session on using notebooks in math classrooms during the Notre Dame conference for ACE teachers (Alliance for Catholic Education).
Columbia City Schools Consulting and Professional Development
Jun 15, 2012 – Nov 16, 2012
Riverbend math consultant Cheryl Nix provided several math professional development sessions for Columbia City Schools.
Math and Technology Academy
Jul 16, 2012 – Aug 2, 2012
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.
Quilt Fractions for Dickinson Fine Arts Grant
Aug 13, 2012 – Sep 26, 2012
During a full-day professional development workshop, Cheryl Nix presented a Quilt Fractions unit that builds conceptual understanding of fractions. This unit will be used across the curriculum at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy during the 2012-2013 academic year. In September, she visited classes to model lessons from this workshop.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Aug 24, 2012 – Dec 17, 2012
Working with administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers, we identified ways to strengthen math instruction for students at many schools in South Bend. We also led many hands-on math workshops for primary and intermediate center teachers.
Math and Technology Academy
Aug 28, 2012 – Dec 13, 2012
The Math and Technology Academy is a free program for students in 3rd through 12th grades. This program is intended both for students who want extra help with math and for students who are looking for math enrichment opportunities. While students can get help with homework, the main purpose of the program is to work towards mastery of math learning goals, set during interviews with the instructor. Students also participate in enrichment mini-courses on various science, technology, and math topics. Students are expected to attend on a regular basis.
Veritas Academy Consulting and Professional Development
Sep 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012
During this semester, we provided math professional development for Veritas Academy teachers. During the semester, we provided weekly consultations and classroom demonstrations for K-8 teachers.
Math Support for CTE Courses
Sep 10, 2012 – Dec 13, 2012
On a weekly basis, we offered math support for students in South Bend Community School Corporation's Culinary Arts, Radio/TV, and Building Trades Programs. In addition to helping to strengthen algebra and other math skills needed by students, we provided weekly hands-on activities designed to show the importance of math in daily life and to improve conceptual understanding of various math concepts. In addition to this work with students, we also led professional development workshops for the instructors of a wide range of Career and Technical Education courses.
School City of Mishawaka Consulting and Professional Development
Sep 18, 2012 – Sep 20, 2012
Working with administrators and teachers, we supported the implementation of a new math program for high-ability students in Kindergarten through 6th grades at all seven elementary schools.
Math Studio
Oct 1, 2012 – Dec 19, 2012
The Math Studio is a free drop-in program for people of all ages that provides participants with math tutoring and a relaxed environment for working on math homework. Math Studio is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-5:30. Interested students should drop in any time the Studio is open, and we will help you with your homework or find a math activity for you to do.