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Events of 2014

Math Support for SBCSC Career and Technical Education
Jan 16, 2014 – May 31, 2014
On a weekly basis, we offered math support for students in South Bend Community School Corporation's Entrepreneurship, Welding, 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.
Math Studio
Jan 22, 2014 – Apr 30, 2014
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 3:30-6:00, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:00. 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. Classes and clubs are available to students willing to commit to attending regularly.
Science Alive -- Quilt Fractions
Feb 1, 2014
Participants made beautiful paper quilt designs and solved fraction challenge questions based on their designs.
Origami Axioms Math Circle
Mar 6, 2014 – Nov 8, 2014
Amanda Serenevy and Hannah Porter met several times to explore Origami Axioms more thoroughly, including reading several research papers. The purpose of these sessions was to understand the topic more deeply in preparation for future Math Circles.
Math Professional Development at St. Adelbert Catholic School
Jun 6, 2014 – Jun 9, 2014
Amanda and Andrea met with teachers grades K-8th for Math Professional Development sessions for one week.
Math Professional Development at St. Adelbert Catholic School
Jun 6, 2014 – Jun 9, 2014
Amanda and Andrea met with teachers grades K-8th for Math Professional Development sessions for one week.
Math Studio
Jul 13, 2014 – Jul 30, 2014
The Math Studio is a free program for people of all ages that provides participants with math help and enrichment. Math Studio is open Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-6:00. We offer math classes, STEM classes, games, and homework help.
Tutoring and Mentoring Students
Aug 1, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014
We met with several students and teachers during the semester on an individual basis. In some cases, we provided independent study guidance for advanced coursework for students. We also met individually with students who are struggling with math coursework in school.
South Bend Community School Corporation Consulting and Professional Development
Aug 1, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014
Working with administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers, we identified ways to strengthen math instruction for students at Primary, Intermediate, and High School Centers in South Bend.
Riley High School Computer Lab
Aug 1, 2014
Amanda met with 40 8th and 9th grade teachers for Collaborative Learning in Mathematics worksop.
School City of Mishawaka Workshops
Aug 4, 2014 – Aug 6, 2014
Amanda conducted a series of three workshops for School City of Mishawaka teachers: one for Kindergarten through 2nd grades, one for 3rd through 6th grades, and one for 6th through 12th grades. Sessions focused on mathematical modeling and problem solving.
Math Support for SBCSC Career and Technical Education
Aug 18, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014
On a weekly basis, we offered math support for students in South Bend Community School Corporation's Entrepreneurship, Welding, 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 several half-day professional development workshops for instructors of a wide range of Career and Technical Education courses.
Chocolate Cafe Study Sessions
Aug 25, 2014 – Dec 15, 2014
During this semester, Andrea and Amanda met on Monday evenings at the Chocolate Cafe with middle school and high school students who needed help with math homework or test prep.
Tarkington Fermi Questions
Aug 26, 2014 – Sep 9, 2014
Amanda met with both 3rd grade classrooms to conduct sessions on Fermi questions.
Math Support for SBCSC Career and Technical Education
Sep 1, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014
On a weekly basis, we offered math support for students in South Bend Community School Corporation's Entrepreneurship, Welding, 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.
Online Linear Algebra Math Circle
Sep 3, 2014 – Dec 17, 2014
Craig Daniels and Amanda Serenevy met once a week online to discuss questions relating to the space of 2 by 2 real matrices. The goal was to acquire a deeper understanding of these topics for the purpose of formulating future Math Circle sessions.
Boole Math Circle
Sep 8, 2014 – Nov 17, 2014
The Boole Math Circle, named for George Boole (1815--1864), Mary Everest Boole (1832--1916), and Alicia Boole Stott (1860--1940), will meet on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. During this adventure, we will meet some creatures who tell the truth, some who lie, some whose statements are always paradoxes, and others who always change the statements they hear in certain ways. Using logic, we will unravel puzzles so that we can successfully reach our destination and save the day. Most students in the Boole Math Circle will be 7 to 11 years old. Students in this group should know how to add and subtract fairly well, and may be working on multiplication, division, and fractions.
Euler Math Circle
Sep 8, 2014 – Nov 17, 2014
The Euler Math Circle, named for Leonhard Euler (1707--1783), will meet on Mondays from 4 to 5 PM. Join us as we figure out what it takes to make mathematics and break mathematics. We will learn about axioms, use various proof techniques, and invent new systems of numbers. We will ramble past subjects such as number theory, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, complex analysis, and abstract algebra. Most students in the Euler Math Circle will be 9 to 15 years old. Students in this group should have mastery over elementary level mathematics including multiplication, division, and fractions. Students in this group must be enthusiastic about discussing abstract mathematical ideas.
Wallis Math Circle
Sep 8, 2014 – Nov 17, 2014
During this semester, the Wallis Math Circle, named for John Wallis (1616--1703), met on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Get a jump-start on learning math as we hop on number lines to learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. During our journey, we will search the number line for the world's biggest and smallest numbers. Most students in the Wallis Math Circle will be 4 to 7 years old.
Science Enrichment at Hebrew Day School
Sep 10, 2014 – Dec 20, 2014
This semester, Andrea met with one student twice a week for science enrichment.
School Age Mothers Program
Sep 12, 2014 – Dec 5, 2014
For this program, Amanda met with school age mothers weekly to help them with math remediation.
Math Studio
Sep 16, 2014 – Dec 12, 2014
The Math Studio is a free program for people of all ages that provides participants with math help and enrichment. Math Studio is open Mondays through Thursdays from 6:00-8:00. We offer math classes, STEM classes, games, and homework help.
Math Remediation at Hamilton Primary for Third and Fourth Grade
Sep 16, 2014 – Dec 20, 2014
We meet after school once a week with each grade (3 and 4) to bring students up to level.
Grissom Math Academy
Nov 5, 2014 – Dec 17, 2014
During November and December, Amanda worked with students at Grissom Middle School on Wednesdays after school.