This week I attended a session presented by the SFU Math Catcher Outreach Program to a group of Combined Studies students and some other invited students at Hugh Boyd. The main goal of the program is:
to generally popularize mathematics and to increase students’ awareness about the presence and importance of mathematics in their lives.
Dr. Veselin Jungic (Dr. J) is a mathematics professor at SFU and coordinates the program. He and two of his students shared their personal stories with mathematics, engaged the Boyd students in some mathematical thinking and presented some examples to help the students “see” the math in the world around them. We then were able to handle some amazing three-dimensional geometric models including some created by a three-d printer.
The students particularly enjoyed our opportunity to create our own geometric models.
More information about the program can be found HERE.
A big thank you to Leanne McColl, Teacher Consultant (Aboriginal Education) for organizing this event for our students.