High schools students converge at CMU to celebrate math

About 150 high school students from the Western Slope are expected to gather at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, February 22, for the 20th Annual Math Extravaganza.

Colorado Mesa’s Math Club hosts Math Extravaganza annually. This year, students from Grand Junction, Central, Fruita Monument, Plateau Valley, Grand Mesa and Grand Valley 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.

This year’s activities include stations analyzing symmetry and probability, a presentation about how math shows up in nature, a choice of a campus tour or a tour of CMU’s Human Performance Lab, and an awards ceremony. All activities except the tours are in the University Center. Activities begin at 8:30am, following a welcome from Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, CMU’s vice president for academic affairs. Presentation of prizes should be competed about 1:30pm.

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