Imagine Math Day
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Department of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
Imagine Math is a day of mathematical activities, exploration and inquiry designed for high school mathematics teachers and students. In previous years, participants have explored non-Euclidean geometries, the mathematics of voting, and graph theory. This year, we will collect, explore and analyze data.
|Teachers and students discussing possible solutions to a problem||Students working on posters summarizing their ideas|
|Lunch in the Platt Living Room||Students and faculty discussing ideas during a gallery walk|
|Students working on a poster on non-Euclidean geometry||Teachers exploring geometry in the hyperbolic plane|
|"[This activity] reminded me how enjoyable math can be for students. Sometimes, we teachers get caught up on covering all the material and not taking the time to let students experience and live the math."|
|-- from a teacher attending the 2006 Imagine Math Day|
Imagine Math Day is not a contest--it's a time for students and teachers to investigate and explore mathematics just for the sheer enjoyment of it. It's also not just for "math whizzes"--anyone who wants to learn more math can participate.
|"Math is usually considered something with one right answer, but [I see now that] there is room for interpretation."|
|"[I learned] there's more to math than memorizing quadratic formula [sic]. It showed math isn't just formulas, but you need to think."|
|-- from students attending the 2006 Imagine Math Day|
Imagine Math Day is hosted by
the Department of Mathematics
at Harvey Mudd College, and is
made possible by funding from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation through the Mathematical Association of
America (http://www.maa.org/dolciani) and the HMC Math Dept. The event is being
the Harvey Mudd College
Professional Development and Outreach Group.
Imagine Math will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Green Room in the Platt Campus Center at Harvey Mudd College.
|9:30 - 10:00 a.m.||Registration and refreshments|
|10:00 a.m. - noon||Session 1: Introductory explorations|
|noon - 1 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:30 p.m.||Session 2: Open-ended exploration
(Teachers meet separately)
|2:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Gallery walk and closing|
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required as space is limited and lunch is being served.
The deadline for online registration is Monday, March 4. Teachers should use the following form to register for the conference. We would prefer for each teacher to bring at most five students.
The event will take place in the Green Room in the Platt Campus Center at Harvey Mudd College.Free parking is available in the parking lot at the corner of Dartmouth Ave and Foothill Blvd and along Foothill Blvd.
A campus map is available at http://www.hmc.edu/campusmap.
Information for Professional Development Facilitators
about Imagine Math Day appeared in the August/September 2008 issue
of Focus Magazine,
published by the Mathematica Association of
America. The HMC PDO Group
invites you to use materials from previous Imagine Math Days for your
own professional development or outreach activities. If you would like
to receive electronic copies of the materials used for previous
Imagine Math Days, please send an email to
Darryl Yong. These materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, which means that you can freely edit and redistribute these materials as long as you do not commercialize them and you attribute the original authors. We would also appreciate hearing about how the materials were used and your experiences with them.
About Harvey Mudd College
College is a private, liberal arts undergraduate institution of
science, engineering and mathematics. The college enrolls about 760
students of high ability; approximately one third of them are National
Merit Finalists and 35% are high school valedictorians or salutatorians. HMC is a member of the Claremont College consortium,
which includes four other undergraduate colleges (Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Pitzer) and two graduate institutions
(Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute), forming an
academic community of about 6000 students.
The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College recently received the 2006 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department from the American Mathematical Society. Each year, the math department graduates roughly 45 students who do amazing things. More than half of HMC math graduates go on to graduate school.