West Slope high school students attend 19th Annual Math Extravaganza at CMU

Grand Junction – About 150 West Slope high school students are expected to gather at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, Feb. 9, for the 19th Annual Math Extravaganza.

Math Extravaganza is hosted by Colorado Mesa’s Math Club. This year, students from Grand Junction, Central, Fruita Monument, Plateau Valley, Grand Mesa, Grand Valley and Montrose high schools as well as Caprock Academy and area homeschools are expected.

“Math Extravaganza is a full-day event which is partially funded by generous donations from businesses in our community,” said CMU Assistant Professor Eric Miles, PhD. “The event gives high school students a chance to interact with fun and interesting mathematics that they wouldn’t normally see. The students have a chance to win prizes, and get to spend time with college students who are also excited about math.”

The students in CMU’s Math Club recruit additional college students to assist with activities designed to engage the high school students in mathematical concepts not typically seen in the standard high school curriculum.

"We math and computer science majors here at CMU look forward to Math Extravaganza each year.  As we approach that time of year we prepare to get high school students excited by our various intriguing stations," said CMU Math Club President Rayna Flemming.

This year’s activities include stations analyzing patterns and infinity, a presentation about how computers can learn, a campus tour and an awards ceremony. All activities except the campus tour are in the University Center. Activities begin at 8:30am, following a welcome from CMU Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Pemberton, EdD. Presentation of prizes should be competed about 1:30pm.

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