First Annual Howard County Math Festival
On Wednesday January 29th
, Centennial High School held the first annual Howard
County Math Festival. Dr. Jeff Sieracki, President of the SIAM Washington-Baltimore
Section, had the opportunity to organize a presentation for this event which
illustrated various every day occurrences that could be modeled using mathematics.
SIAM Student Chapter members from UMBC (Jonathan S. McHenry, Zana Coulibaly,
) and students from UMCP (Stefan Doboszczak, Stephanie Young
volunteered to join Dr Sieracki in order to promote mathematics by sharing our
experiences as young mathematicians. We were fortunate to be in attendance and
enjoyed conversing with other math lovers of all ages as well as interacting
with the SIAM members from UMCP. However, the fun did not stop there. Not only
did the SIAM student chapter members have the opportunity to interact with
plenty of eager k-12 students but we were also surrounded by other
representatives who were equally STEM-passionate. Various companies,
organizations and University departments such as statisticians from the
Baltimore Orioles, the UMBC Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the
National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Kumon were also in attendance.
Some of the presentations included learning what prime number your name is,
the statistics of baseball, mathematical poetry, the intersection between
animation and mathematics, mathematics education, and the list goes on.
This event had a great turn out and students got the opportunity to witness
first hand that math is more than just manipulating numbers with algebra.