Utah Valley University presents . Math Week celebrations at UVU. History of Math Week at UVU . The idea originated from Kathryn Van Wagoner (the Math Lab Coordinator at UVU, Jan 2000 – Feb 2012) She became aware of MAA's Math Awareness Month held every April. ( www.mathaware.org ).

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History of Math Week at UVU • The idea originated from Kathryn Van Wagoner (the Math Lab Coordinator at UVU, Jan 2000 – Feb 2012) • She became aware of MAA's Math Awareness Month held every April. (www.mathaware.org)

History of MW at UVU contd. • The first Math Awareness Week (MAW) at UVU washeldin September 2005.“Mathematics is Everywhere.” • Kathy started MAW in response to the huge negative culture surrounding math.

History contd. • The student government partnered with Kathy Van Wagoner. • They brought in two Keynote speakers: • Jaime Escalante, and • Keith Devlin.

History contd. • The second best turnout for a keynote speaker: Dave Irvine- the MIT blackjack player (2008) • There are many institutions that do some kind of Math Awareness event. www.mathaware.org

History contd. • Kathy • did a lot of internet searches for activity ideas; • Her goal was to have • a keynote presentation, • an academic lecture and • at least one activity based on the theme and include the amazing math race, factoring bee, and chocolate math therapy.

History contd. • For the last few years that Kathy was in charge, the goal was for the keynote to be more engaging than just a speaker. • She searched Youtube to find interesting people/presenters. • Kathy liked to include an academic lecture to appeal to the true mathematicians and scientists in the group.

History • She also tried to connect with other departments, such as getting the art department to participate in the art-themed year. • Funding: Kathy received some money from the Deans of University College and the College of Science and Health at UVU for at least one year.

History contd. • Student govt. paid to bring in Jaime Escalante. • Money then came from the Math Initiative (MI) funding after the budget request was granted based on recommendations of the UVU Math Task force.

A learning experience Challenges: • Keep it manageable for the help available to do it. It was usually just Kathy and a student employee who did most of the work. • Upon recommendation by the MI committee, a Math Week committee was formed of math faculty in December of 2011. • Math Week is now run by this committee of faculty.

Learning experience contd. • Keep really good notes about what worked and didn't work. • Try to standardize as much as possible so that you don’t have to make the same decision twice.

Learning contd. • Marketing is very important to insure a good turnout to events, especially where there is a special speaker. • Often the better support was for UVU professors because their colleagues would support them and bring their students.

Learning contd. • Knowing what size room to schedule for a particular event was also a challenge. • One year Chocolate Math Therapy (CMT) was so well attended it had to be moved to another room on the spot.

Math Week 2005 agenda • “Stand and Deliver” and other math movies were shown. • Jaime Escalante and others spoke to students about the importance of learning mathematics.

MATH WEEK 2007-Can you weather the math? • Roland Steadham, KUTV chief meteorologist was keynote speaker • There were several fun competitions for students: Factoring Bee, Sudoku, Chess and more.

Interactive Space Museum • People were able to experience close encounters with real space craft, such as a lunar rover, hovercraft or flight simulator. • They were able to sit in a space toilet or walk in anti-gravity boots.

Keynote speaker: Mario Livio, an astrophysicist from the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute gave a lively account of the ideas of some of the greatest mathematicians and scientists in history while discussing the question: Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered?

For Math Week 2012, we kicked off the Math Week celebrations with a carnival. • We had a prize wheel which students could spin to win water bottles, pens, candy bars, Math Week t-shirts and more! • We had booths where students could play math games and watch different demonstrations as well as Vi Hart videos.

We invited the Women in Technology Center to host a booth • We had a booth where students could play Sudoku and win prizes. • At the carnival, we handed out flyers about the Math Week activities to let students know about the week’s events. • We gave out flyers in our classes, too.