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FSU Math Fun Day

FSU Math Fun Day
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Saturday, February 1, 2020
Love Building on the FSU Main Campus
1017 Academic Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4510

The Department of Mathematics annually hosts FSU Math Fun, a joint Open House for the general public, including K-12 students and teachers. Come join us for some math fun! There will be lots of hands-on activities, presentations, exhibits, demonstration, and workshops. Activities are available for all ages in grades K-12, but students in kindergarten and grade 1 will need extra parental help. Anyone and everyone is invited to attend and all the activities are free.

Program of Activites

Printable Math Fun Day Brochure with a Schedule of Events:
FSU Math Fun Day Program Activities Image Page 1 FSU Math Fun Day Program Activities Image Page 2

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Please note that there is considerable construction occurring on the FSU Campus. There is construction along Antarctic Way and Chieftan Way and these roads are not always accessible to through traffic.

Information about FSU Math Fun Day

Do you want your children and families to experience mathematics in a fun and engaging way? Come to FSU Math Fun Day. Each year, faculty, staff, and student volunteers from the Department of Mathematics engage with the community, including K-12 students and teachers to demonstrate that MATH is FUN! If you have not attended before, we welcome you, and if you are returning, welcome back! The event is free and open to the general public. This is our 8th annual Math Fun Day! Follow us on Facebook for more details!

Hear more about Math Fun Day from a FSU Headlines Radio broadcast, or read about us in the FSU News.

Come join us! Please check back often for event updates.
Dr. Monica K. Hurdal, Event Director and Professor in the Department of Mathematics
Email: MathFunDay@math.fsu.edu or mhurdal@math.fsu.edu
Phone: (850) 644-2202 (Department of Mathematics Main Office) or (850)-644-7183 (direct)

Activity Rooms:

Activity rooms are an open house style event, where people can come and go.

  • Room 101: Math Escape Room Ghosts of FSU - New mystery this year! - (Sign-up Required Outside the Room)
    Ghosts from FSU's past have cursed you and trapped you and some friends in a room on campus. You will have use all of your mathematical knowledge to unlock clues to the ghosts' past, break the curse, and escape. Multiple escape sessions will be held, and participants will be given a set time limit to solve the mystery. Each session is limited, so be sure to sign-up outside Room 101!
    Audience: Recommended for Grades 5 and above.
  • Room 102: Fractals
    Fractals are infinitely repeating patterns that are similar at every scale and occur in science and nature. Learn what fractals are, and come create your own in 2D and 3D using geometry or a computer!
    Recommended for Grades 2 and up.
  • Room 103: Math In Nature - New activities this year!
    Organized by the FSU Student Undergraduate Mathematics Society (SUMS)
    Discover where math appears in nature, music, art, DNA, biology, plants, and animals. Learn about the Fibonacci sequence and investigate the golden mean spiral.
    Recommended for all ages.
  • Room 104: Secret Codes and Puzzles - New Activity Room this year!
    Create your own secret codes and ciphers and find out how to decipher messages! Be challenged by other mathematical puzzles and riddles! Which puzzles can you solve? Join us for a special workshop on Secret Codes 4-5pm! Workshop space is limited.
    Recommended for Grades 5 and above.
    Featured Faculty from Mathematics:
    • Dr. Giray Okten, Professor of Mathematics
      Join us for a special workshop on secret codes. Encode and decode your own messages! Workshop space is limited.
      Time: 4:00-5:00pm; Recommended: Grades 5+
  • Room 104A: Exploring Polygons through Computer Programming
    Faculty and graduate students will be on hand to aid students in working through a set of programming challenges related to mathematical ideas about polygons in the Scratch programming environment. No prior programming experience needed!
    Recommended for Grades 4 and above. Younger children are welcome to see how far they can get as well!
  • Room 106: Easy as Pi with Featured Faculty - New Activity Room this year!
    Join faculty in a variety of hands-on mathematical activities. Activities with numbers, shapes, and software defined radio are some of the things you can try! Or just come and chat about math!
    Recommended for all ages.
    Featured Faculty from Mathematics and Meteorology:
    • Dr. Samuel Ballas, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
      What is a Steinhaus longimeter? Learn how to measure the lengths of curves using this interesting device that was invented by a mathematician.
    • Dr. Arash Fahim, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
      Improve your mathematical skills with a variety of games using dice and numbers.
    • Dr. Aseel Farhat, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics
      Polyominoes are used in the games of Blokus and Tetris. Try out some new math games and puzzles!
    • Dr. Jon Ahlquist, Associate Professor of Meteorology
      Software-Defined Radio (SDR) is the future of radio communication! Become part of this fast-developing technology where most of a traditional radio is replaced by a computer and software.
      Time: 2:30-4:00pm
  • Room 107: Mathematical Games Room
    Try your hand at 3D tic-tac-toe and other games. Learn some of the mathematical strategies for playing various games and use mathematics to improve your playing style!
    Recommended for all ages.
  • Room 200: Women in Mathematics - New Activities This Year!
    This Activity Room is organized by the FSU Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics
    Do you know of any famous female mathematicians? There are lots! Come learn about some of the contributions women have made to mathematics and mathematical research. There are hands-on activities to demonstrate some of the fields of mathematics where women have made discoveries.
    Recommended for Grades K-12.
  • Room 201: Symmetries and Patterns - New Activities This Year! Explore geometries (rigid geometries and curved surfaces) through easy to make models. Find hidden symmetries by folding your own hexahexaflexagons and origami shapes. Try our challenges and puzzles.
    Recommended for all ages with mathematical challenges at all levels.
  • Room 204B: Geometric Constructions
    Build polyhedra and other shapes with mathematical construction tools, such as Zome. Discover the natural symmetries that govern 3-dimensional space.
    Recommended for all ages.
  • Other Activities: Throughout the event, come participate in other fun activities! Make awesome bubbles with 3D shapes (polyhedra)! Learn about snails with touch tanks provided by Sea-to-See and discover the mathematical intricacies of the snail shell and why we use the snail as our logo. Try our 𝛑endulum and obain 𝛑 in unusual ways. Attend workshops and demonstrations. Support FSU Student Math Societies - purchase snacks or your very own Math Fun Day t-shirt to support this event and future events!

Printable Math Fun Day Poster: FSU Math Fun Day Poster Image

Maps and Parking

Financial Support

FSU Math Fun Day is made possible through the generous financial support of
  • The College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University,
  • The College of Education at Florida State University,
  • The Department of Mathematics at Florida State University,
  • The Brennan Professorship of Mathematics,
  • Friends of FSU Math.

Support FSU Math Fun Day

If you would like to support FSU Math Fun Day, and other outreach activities provided by the Department of Mathematics at FSU, please become a Friend of FSU Math. Your donations to FSU Mathematics help support alumni networking, community outreach, research activities, and guest speakers.

Contact Us

If you would like to support FSU Math Fun Day, and other outreach activities
Event Director: Professor Monica K. Hurdal, Department of Mathematics
Email: MathFunDay@math.fsu.edu
Phone: (850) 644-2202 (Department of Mathematics Main Office) or (850) 644-7183 (Direct)

Information on this site will be updated periodically.

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