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Pi Day at CSU

Math student
Math student
Math student

Math Club members have had a fantastic year interacting with faculty and graduate students at CSU and mathematicians at conferences. Math Club thanks those, including Prof. Anton Betten, Douglas Ortego, and Luke Bayens, who have joined our meetings to talk about their research or lead interesting mathematics activities. We've learned math using dominoes, cutting up Moebius strips, and winding things up!

Six members of Math Club attended the San Diego Joint Mathematics Meetings in January. The club thanks the Mathematics Department for providing travel support. The club also raised money, including a $650 travel grant from the Mathematics Association of America for presenting a poster on Concepts in Color: Outreach at Colorado State University. The poster told the story of the Concepts in Color mathematics-science curriculum development project that is a collaboration between four 5th-grade teachers and 100 5th-grade students at Milliken Elementary and CSU faculty and students, including Math Club members. Club members Amanda Rose and Rachel Popp also gave an oral presentation on Concepts in Color at the Pikes Peak Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at CSU-Pueblo in April. Looking forward to the 2014 JMM in Baltimore, the Math Club has already started its poster research project. Graduate students Francis Motta and Eric Hanson and Prof. Dan Bates are mentoring club members in an analysis of a game called FloodIt; see http://floodit.appspot.com/ to play the game!

This spring, the club came up with a unique and fun way to get some money--inspired by a JMM talk. Celebrating Pi Day on the Lory Student Center plaza was a fun and fruitful opportunity for us. We lined up a group of professors and graduate instructors that were willing to be pied in the face for us! These people told their classes, and students came by to help the math club out and get a little lighthearted revenge on their instructor. Thank you so much to everyone that helped out and supported us; we had an amazing time, especially our sponsor, Dr. Patrick Shipman.

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