Mathematics Education Club Hosts Field Day
Nearly 70 eighth grade students from Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School and Wainwright Middle School visited the Purdue campus for Math Field Day on November 15, 2006. Hosted by the Mathematics Education Club, this was the first year for the math enrichment event designed to demonstrate the everyday applications of mathematics.
"We wanted to generate interest in mathematics and help them see that math is practical and fun," said Steve Warner, club president.
The students worked in teams on hands-on mathematics activities. Events included "What's My Density" and "Campus Slope," through which students used the mathematical definition of slope to locate Purdue landmarks.
"The activities were designed to stress math concepts, problem-solving skills, and teamwork," Warner said.
The event was supported by a Student Grant for Community Service/Service Learning Project from the Purdue Office of Engagement.
"Math Field Day was a great opportunity to engage middle school students in exciting and challenging mathematics activities," said Bill Walker, Director for College of Science K-12 Outreach. "It was also a great service learning opportunity for members of the Mathematics Education Club, who gained some practical experience creating lessons and working with middle school students."