Institute for Mathematics and its Applications|
This free of charge day program (9:00am-1:00pm) is designed to provide
middle school girls with a variety of engaging mathematical experiences
focused on extending their understanding and knowledge in mathematics.
Topics include: divisibility, modular arithmetic, introduction to
cryptography, introduction to probability, geometry, numerical bases
and exponents and logarithms.
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Background: Research has shown that girls' positive attitudes
towards mathematics decline as they grow older and that, starting in
the middle school grades, girls are less likely than boys
to choose elective courses
in mathematics and sciences. Also, educational studies show that middle
school girls may not realize that their preferred career choice
requires coursework in mathematics and sciences. However the good news is
that, as new research by a team of psychologists at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee indicates, the self-confidence in mathematical
ability instilled by teachers and parents is more important for young girls
to learn mathematics and science than their initial interest. As such, more
attention should be given to building knowledge and confidence in
mathematics ability early in girls' education. Building on a
successful history, this is what the Girls and
Mathematics Program aimes for:
Program Participants can download the program information sheet here.
to show the middle school girls that the study of mathematics
— too often regarded as difficult and not appropriate for
girls — can be exciting, beautiful and useful;
to introduce the middle school girls to a variety of career
opportunities for which sophisticated mathematical ability
plays a key role;
- to emphasize the strategic role mathematics plays for
success in STEM careers;
to build confidence in the girls mathematical knowledge through engaging and
to provide the participants with a support group and competent mentors
which are successful undergraduate, graduate and professional women from
the STEM workforce;
to ultimately shape the way the girls view themselves and their mathematical interest and ability.
Irina Mitrea (IMA) and
Katie Spurrier Quertermous (James
Irina Mitrea, 612-624-5772; firstname.lastname@example.org