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CMU hosts 21st annual Math Extravaganza

University Math Club outreaches to local high school students

Grand Junction – About 150 western Colorado area high school students will gather at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, February 28 for the 21st Annual Math Extravaganza. 

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

“Math Extravaganza is a full-day event 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 and computer science that they wouldn't normally see. The students have a chance to win prizes, and also spend time with college students who share their enthusiasm 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 a math “escape room,” a station experimenting with probability, a presentation about how math shows up in physics, the choice of a campus tour or a tour of CMU’s Human Performance Lab and a prize ceremony. All activities except tours are in the University Center. Activities begin at 9:30am, following a welcome from CMU Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Kurt Haas.

Presentation of prizes will conclude around 2:30pm.

  • Math Extravaganza

    Math Extravaganza.

  • Math Extravaganza

    Math Extravaganza.


Written by David Ludlam