AN AFTERNOON OF BEAUTIFUL MATHEMATICS FOR GIRLS
The Department of Mathematics and the Diversity and Equity Initiative at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa are organizing an event to adress the under-representation of women — and particularly of Native Hawaiian women — in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM disciplines) at UH Mānoa and nationwide. Research shows that barriers for under-represented groups arise largely from lack of access to educational opportunities and the resulting lack of academic preparation in math andscience.
This event will benefit several target audiences: women faculty in STEM disciplines, graduate and undergraduate females in mathematics and science at UH Mānoa, and local K–8 girls and their families.
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Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentoring Program
DAY: DEC. 7, 2008
LOCATION: CAMPUS CENTER
Boys are welcome!
INTRODUCTION AND FACTS
EXAMPLE OF DISCOVERY STATIONS THAT WILL BE OFFERED DURING THE EVENT (under construction, will be updated daily)
1) The robotics station is based on an outreach educational program that has been developed by the department of mathematics (see http://www.math.hawaii.edu/stomp). At this station the kids will build their own robots. Our goal is to focus on developing children's creativity in solving problems as well as providing an engineering and programming background. The station makes use of Lego's educational Mindstorm kits with its corresponding ROBOLAB software, creating a flexible means of developing robots in a relatively quick and flexible manner. Robotics is very often seen as solely developed be the computer science and engineering communities. However, there is a tradition of mathematicians working with roboticists. Many problems in robotics, or in the disciplines that are core to what we call robotics, have attracted mathematicians to this field.
and the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program in Hawaii.
2) The space exploration stations.
One space station will be an interactive booth where children will learn about conic sections, fractals, and signal processing. The younger children will have paper conic sections divided into ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas of which they will color and put back together. The older children will be introduced to fractals through photos, movies, and interactive software and learn how fractals can relate to satellite image processing. The oldest children will hear sounds from space and be able to view their associated frequencies, along with an interactive booth where they can record their own voices and be able to view the associated frequencies. Download the flyer here.
At the second space station, the participants will build a Bubble-Powered Rocket!! Explore the wonders of space exploration. Participate in a group discussion about space travel and the tools needed to survive outer space. Learn about gravity and Newton's third law of motion. Build a rocket out of paper and powered by fizzing tablets. Then test out your design and see how high you go!! Download the flyer here.
3) The cards playing station.
Use an ordinary deck of playing cards to make you good at math. Join us and see ho wplaying games with cards make math fun. Download the flyer here.
4) The measurments, graphing and charts station.
This discovery station rpovides hands-on experience dealing with making and understandings graphs, charts, and different measurments. All ages are welcome to learn these valuables techniques and get a taste of how fun math can be. Download the flyer here.
5) The cryptology station.
At this station you will learn all about codes and ciphers, and create and decipher secret messages! Younger children (ages 8-13) will learn how to become codemakers and codebreakers using various cipher methods. Older children (above 13 yrs) will become cryptanalysts by using different cipher systems to break difficult codes in a series of secret spy cases. Come and find out how to crack the code!! Download the flyer here.
6) The flubby buddy station.
In this station, students will be learning how to make “flubber”, a slimy gooey substance that is not only extremely fun to play with but also inexpensive to make (in case your kids would like to make more at home). This activity teaches the basic mathematical skills that students will use throughout their academic careers; following careful directions, counting, measuring, and fractions. The fun doesn’t have to stop here; they can take flubber home with them! NOTE: This activity is absolutely 100% safe under supervision and fun for children. WARNING: May make you the coolest parent in the universe!! Download the flyer here.
7) The art math station.
The Math Art station will recognize how an equilateral shape can be tiled onto a plane without any gaps or over lapses and have fun with it. Girls of ages 8 and up will design their own tessellation masterpieces. For the younger girls, we will teach them how to convert many straight lines into a curve. Download the flyer here.
8) The polyhedron station.
Learn math with toothpicks and jelly beans, straws and marhsmallows. Construct geometric models and learn mathematical vocabulary. Download the flyer here.
9) The laser maze station.
Test your skills and knowledge of angles, vectors and problem sloving with thi sfun and exciting activity. Learn about some real life applications. Download the flyer here.
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