Y2M: Yes to MathematicsEncouraging Young Women to Pursue Math Related Fields Presented by: Emad Alfar Paula Kreinbihl Gregory Spengler Theresa Vecchiarelli NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE
OUTLINE HISTORY FUTURE PLANS CHANGES OVER THE YEARS
HISTORY Two New Faculty Members….. Meeting at Orientation…..
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
THE NAME ‘Y2M’ Two Women… At the Beginning of a New Millennium…
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
Y2M 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 SURVEYS
LUNCH Y2M 2000 – Bring Your Own Lunch Y2M 2001/2002 - Lunch Provided
Add more Academic Departments Economics Chemistry Nursing Engineering Add more Computer Workshops FUTURE PLANS
Career Stations Teacher workshops FUTURE PLANS
Involve more diverse school districts Pay for transportation FUTURE PLANS
Website Online Registration FUTURE PLANS
FUTURE PLANS More auxiliary help • One student helper per session • Student aides
CHECKLIST(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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