The Math Catcher Outreach Program Workshop: Hands-On And No-Fear Math
The Math Catcher Outreach program promotes mathematics and scholarship by encouraging elementary and secondary school students to recognize how math is used in everyday life and how it forms the basis for many of our daily and long-term decisions. The storytelling, pictures, models, and hands-on activities encourage young people to enjoy math and help dispel myths that math is boring and solely abstract. The program has a strong Aboriginal component that includes school visits, creation of resources in First Nations languages, math and science workshops for Aboriginal students, and annual month-long academic summer camps for Aboriginal secondary school students. In this workshop, Math Catcher program representatives will talk about each of these activities and share some personal reflections about our experiences working with Aboriginal learners.
In addition, the workshop participants will be engaged in building a mathematical object, solving puzzles, and playing with mathematical toys. An animated film from the Small Number series will be screened.
Target Audience Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)
Language of Instruction English
Sponsoring PSA Aboriginal Education Association (AEA)
Veselin Jungic is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University.