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### Y2M: Yes to MathematicsEncouraging Young Women to Pursue Math Related Fields

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Presented by:

Emad Alfar

Paula Kreinbihl

Gregory Spengler

Theresa Vecchiarelli

NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE

PHILOSOPHY

Y2M is our way of sharing, with young women, our passion for mathematics. We feel that mathematics is not a subject to be intimidated by, but a subject that is useful, elegant and attainable. Young women need positive role models to see the many uses of mathematics.

GOALS OF THE DAY

- Provide students with extracurricular math experiences
- Meet women from math related careers
- Show students the connection between math, computers and science
- Interact with young women from other schools

ENLISTING OTHERS

We found other women and men who believed in the cause.

CHANGES OVER THE YEARS

- Topics/Sessions
- Academic Departments Involved
- Math Contests
- Poster Contest
- Student Volunteers
- Advertisement
- Surveys
- Lunch

TOPICS/SESSIONS

- Y2M 2000: 9 topics/9 sessions
- Should You Play This Game? (probability)
- Let’s Get Wired (logic circuits)
- WhoDunnit? (trigonometry)
- Surviving in a Lunar Base Station (statistics)
- The Game of NIM (binary numbers)
- Towers of Hanoi (binary numbers)
- Scratching the Surface of Topology
- Computer Arithmetic – Bit by Bit
- Medical Mathematics (exponential growth)

TOPICS/SESSIONS

- Y2M 2001: 13 topics/15 sessions
- Cracking Codes
- Yes I Can! (math anxiety)
- WhoDunnit? (trigonometry)
- Houston, We Have a Problem (curve fitting)
- Nothing Up My Sleeve! Math Card Tricks (algebra)
- Scratching the Surface of Topology
- Flying By the Numbers – Using Aeronautical Maps (vectors/trigonometry)
- Instant Insanity! (discrete mathematics)
- Electrical Engineering
- Systems Testing Engineering
- Statistician
- Geologist for the EPA
- Network Administration

TOPICS/SESSIONS

- Y2M 2002: 11 topics/16 sessions
- Flying By the Numbers – Using Aeronautical Maps (vectors/trigonometry)
- Genetic Sequencing (graph theory)
- Web Design (html)
- Computer Generated Tessellations (geometry)
- Geologist for the EPA
- WhoDunnit? (trigonometry)
- Developing a Winning Game Strategy (discrete math)
- Math and Evolution (genetics and probability)
- Systems Testing Engineer
- Data Analysis Using Excel (statistics)
- Psychometrics (statitsics and psychology)

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED

- Y2M 2000: 1 department
- Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Processing Department
- Y2M 2001: 2 departments
- MAT/STA/CMP Department
- Physical Sciences Department
- Y2M 2002: 3 departments
- MAT/STA/CMP Department
- Physical Sciences Department
- Biology Department

MATH CONTESTS

- Y2M 2000 – Individual Contestants
- Entered a raffle by submitting their answer to a question (two raffles-two questions)
- Randomly selected submissions
- Correct answers won prizes
- 1st prize – books
- 2nd prize – calculator covers
- Y2M 2001/2002 – Teams
- Teams were randomly formed with girls from different schools (using female mathematicians)
- 30 minutes to answer questions
- Prizes went to the top three scoring groups
- 1st Prize – Calendars/Books/Calculator Covers
- 2nd Prize – Books/Calculator Covers
- 3rd Prize – Calculator Covers

POSTER CONTEST

- Theme
- Individual or Group Submissions
- Used on posters and program cover
- Winners – Gift certificate

POSTER CONTEST

Y2M 2002 – ‘Math Rock and Roles’

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

- From the NCC Women’s Association
- Guided HS students to their workshops
- Collected attendance from sessions
- Assisted session presenters
- Assisted during lunch

ADVERTISING

- Announcement at NCC Summer HS Precalculus Workshop
- Mailings
- Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair
- NCTMA publication

Teacher Surveys

Demographic info

How participants were chosen

Rate overall impressions

Rate sessions

Student Surveys

Demographic info

Rate overall impressions

Rate sessions

Rate contests

SURVEYSAdd more Academic Departments

Economics

Chemistry

Nursing

Engineering

Add more Computer Workshops

FUTURE PLANSCHECKLIST(1)

Checklist for Math Day

*Denotes a sample has been included in your packet

- Secure Funding (Start at your college’s grants office or search the web)
- Pick a Day
- Find Presenters for the Day
- Find Guest Speakers
- Find Faculty Volunteers for the Day*
- Find Student Volunteers for the Day
- Collect Descriptions of Workshops for Advertising*
- Create a Website*
- Printing of Envelopes and Letterhead*

CHECKLIST(2)

- First Mailing. Mailing should include:
- Letter describing program and inviting participants*
- Flyers advertising the event*
- RSVP to be returned to you*
- Secure Rooms for the Event
- Secure Equipment (microphones, lecterns, overhead projectors, computers, etc.)
- Check with College About Insurance for Guests
- Shopping. This includes the following:
- Logo pencils*
- Logo keychains*
- Logo pads*
- College folders
- Gifts for chaperones (ex: Math Videos)
- Contest prizes (ex: books, calculator covers, calendars)

CHECKLIST(3)

- Create Program*
- Second Mailing. This should include:
- Letter describing, in more detail, the event.*
- List of workshops*
- Registration sheet*
- Information about poster contest*
- Flyers advertising the event*
- Order Food
- Assign Workshops to Participants
- Photocopy Women Mathematicians. Enough for one per table and one per team member assigned to that table. *

CHECKLIST(4)

- Make Folders for Participants. Folders should include:
- Logo pad*
- Logo pencil*
- Logo keychain*
- Name tag
- Lunch ticket
- Female Mathematician*
- Inserts on Women and Math, Careers in Math, etc.*
- Survey*
- Organize Questions for Contest Program*
- Collect Lesson Plans from Presenters.*
- Compile Lesson Plans for Chaperone Teachers
- Compile Answers to Contest Questions for Chaperone Teachers
- Contact College Security
- Secure College Official for Welcoming Remarks
- Prepare Your Welcome Speech
- Enjoy Your Event!!!!

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