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FSU Math Fun Day 2017


FSU Math Fun Day
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Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00-5:00pm

1st and 2nd Floors, Love Building, 1017 Academic Way, FSU Main Campus, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4510


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Information about FSU Math Fun Day 2017

Do you want your children and families to experience mathematics in a fun and engaging way? Come to FSU Math Fun Day. Each year, over 60 faculty, staff, and student volunteers from the Department of Mathematics engage with the community to demonstrate that MATH is FUN! If you have not attended before, we welcome you, and if you are returning, welcome back!

The FSU Department of Mathematics will hold its fifth annual Math Fun Day on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00-5:00 pm. The event will take place on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Love Building on the FSU Campus. There will be presentations, exhibits, and activities for the general public, including students and teachers. Activities are available for all ages in grades K-12, but students in kindergarten and grade 1 will need extra parental help. The purpose of Math Fun Day is to celebrate the importance, ubiquity, beauty and fun of mathematics.

From 1:00-4:00pm there will be rooms set up with various activities, including workshops and demonstrations.
From 4:00-5:00pm there will be a Public Lecture on Mathematics and Gerrymandering -- why redistricting is so difficult and how mathematics can help.

Hear more about Math Fun Day from a FSU Headlines Radio broadcast.

Come join us! Please check back often for event updates.

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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)

Pre-Registration & Waiver Forms | Activities | Workshops & Demonstrations | Public Lecture | Maps & Parking | Brochure of Schedule of Events

Pre-Registration and Waiver Forms

FSU Math Fun Day is a free public event. As this event involves children, FSU policy is that participation and photo release forms need to be signed by all participants and minors must have their waivers signed by a parent/guardian.

The pre-registration site has now closed. Registration and waiver forms will be available on site.

You can still help speed up the registration process by bringing signed waiver and registration forms with you.
1) Download and fill out FSU Participation Photo release forms and bring them with you to Math Fun Day

2) Download and fill out the Onsite Registration form and bring the form with you to Math Fun Day

Activity Rooms: 1:00-4:00pm with last entrance at 3:45pm

Activity rooms are an open house style event, where people can come and go. Activity rooms will be open from 1:00-3:45pm, at which time they will begin to complete activities with existing guests so people can make their way to the Public Lecture.

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  • 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: Video Room
    Fun, short videos on mathematics, including Fibonacci Numbers and plants, hexaflexagons, juggling, and more! There are lots of amazing videos! Also a great place to sit and relax.
    Recommended for all ages.
  • Room 104A: Exploring Polygons through Computer Programming - New This Year!
    Presented by Dr. Christine Andrews-Larson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Muhammad Haider, FSU Mathematics Education Graduate Student and Jonathan Clow, FSU Computer Science Graduate Student and President of the FSU Chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
    People young and old may come and go as they choose from the room, which has a limited capacity. 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 is needed!
    Recommended for Grades 4 and above. Younger children are welcome to see how far they can get as well!
  • 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 hexaflexagons and origami shapes. Color and investigate the golden mean spiral. Learn about the Fibonacci Sequence! Try our challenges and puzzles, geared toward all ages and levels.
    Recommended for Grades K-12 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 Grades K-12.
  • 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. Hungry? Support the FSU Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics and buy some popcorn! Or get your very own Math Fun Day t-shirt to support this event and future events!


Workshops and Demonstrations: 1:15-5:00pm in Rooms 101, 104, and 106

Workshops and demonstrations are events that have specific start and end times. They consist of hands-on activities or demonstrations lead by a faculty member or graduate student. Once a workshop begins, it will be difficult to accommodate late arrivals. Workshops will generally last between 30-60 minutes. All workshops begin every quarter of the hour (on the hour or at 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes past the hour).

Printable Math Fun Day Brochure with a Schedule of Events

Workshops are listed by start time.

  • 1:00-4:00 in Room 104: Math Escape Room: Escape from Dracula's Castle - New This Year! - Sign-up Required Outside the Room
    Presenter: Matthew Mauntel, FSU Mathematics Education Graduate Student
    Solve a series of mathematical puzzles using clues and strategies to solve the mystery of Dracula's castle. Multiple escape sessions will be held during Math Fun Day and participants will be given a set time limit to solve the mystery. Each session is limited to 5 kids so be sure to sign-up for a session outside Room 104!
    Audience: Recommended for Grades 5 and above.
  • 1:15-1:45 in Room 101: How to Optimally Pack Oranges in a Box and What It Has To Do with Electrons
    Presenter: Dr. Alexander Reznikov, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, FSU
    How do small balls of different sizes (such as oranges) arrange themselves when we try to pack them properly? This mathematical question has applications to physics and electrons, and to honeycombs. This workshop will be interactive, and includes videos and NO formulas!
    Audience: 4th grade and above.
  • 1:15-1:45 in Room 106: How High Can You Count on Your Fingers?
    Presenter: Sigrun Ahlquist, FSU Computer Science Graduate Student
    This workshop will focus on how numbers can be represented in different ways using different "bases". Attendees will learn how to use their fingers and hands to convert between base 10 (our normal number representational method); base 5; and base 2 (binary, which is what computers use to store information).
    Audience: Be able to add multi-digit numbers; advanced 2nd grade and up including middle school and high school students. There will be "decode the secret message" activities geared for different levels.
  • 1:45-2:15 in Room 101: The Game of Chances
    Presenter: Dr. Arash Fahim, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, FSU
    In this session some very simple paradoxes in probability will be discussed and students will be shown some cool probabilistic tricks.
    Audience: Appropriate for all levels.
  • 1:45-2:30 in Room 106: Software-Defined Radio (SDR)
    Presenter: Dr. Jon Ahlquist, Associate Professor of Meteorology, FSU
    We'll look at what radio is and how SDR converts radio signals into a continuous stream of numbers that are processed by a computer to reproduce whatever was transmitted: talking, music, Morse code, etc. SDR is much more flexible than traditional radio. Even an inexpensive SDR can do things that are difficult or impossible to do with traditional radios. In this talk, we'll see that:
    1) SDR dates back at least to concepts introduced by actress-inventor Hedy Lamarr in the 1940s.
    2) You can purchase your own basic SDR for $30 from amazon.com, and
    3) You can listen to many SDRs around the world using a web browser.
    After my overview, you can play with my inexpensive SDR and listen to SDRs around the world accessible though the Web.
    Audience: 4th grade and up.
  • 2:15-2:45 in Room 101: Fun with Numbers
    Presenter: Dr. Amod Agashe, Associate Professor of Mathematics, FSU
    When playing around with numbers, one often notices some surprising patterns. How do we know if these patterns are true all the time or some of the time? We will explore some number patterns and try to answer these questions.
    Audience: Upper elementary and above; knowing multiplication is required and some algebra (middle school level and above) and knowledge of exponents is a pl us.
  • 2:30-3:00 in Room 106: Wisdom of the Masses: Using Probability to Learn about Pi
    Presenter: Dr. Sam Ballas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, FSU
    In this workshop the audience will calculate digits of pi using only toothpicks and paper. Along the way we will introduce the concept of expected value and Buffon's needle problem to see that our calculation of pi has a very geometric flavor.
    Audience: Middle school and above or interest in learning about pi.
  • 2:45-3:15 in Room 101: Why Can't You Beat the Casino?
    Presenter: Dr. Lingjiong Zhu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, FSU
    Why can't you beat the casino? Why is the casino business so lucrative? Through the examples of Roulette, Sic bo, as well as some common gaming strategies, we will try to understand why the casino has an edge, and why you can never beat the casino.
    Audience: 4th grade and above.
  • 3:00-4:00 in Room 106: Secret Codes
    Presenters: Dr. Giray Okten, Professor of Mathematics and Jamie Fox, FSU Mathematics Graduate Student
    This is an interactive, hands on workshop where students will learn about secret codes using cipher shifts and encode and decode their own messages.
    Audience: 3rd to 5th grade, and middle school.
  • 3:15-4:00 in Room 101: Math and Probability Associated with Hurricane Forecasting
    Presenter: Dr. Jon Ahlquist, Associate Professor of Meteorology, FSU
    The intent of this talk is to help people understand hurricane forecasts, particularly during this busy hurricane season. First, we'll talk about the process of forecasting, from collection of data through solving the equations that describe how weather changes. Second, we'll explain various hurricane forecast graphics, most of which involve probability.
    Audience: Attendees should have a basic understanding of probability.
  • 4:00-5:00 in Room 101: Public Lecture - Mathematics and Gerrymandering - why redistricting is so difficult and how mathematics can help. Click here for more information.
    Audience: Middle School and High School

Public Lecture: 4:00-5:00pm in Room 101

Title: Mathematics and Gerrymandering -- why redistricting is so difficult and how mathematics can help.
Speaker: Dr. Erika Ward, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Jacksonville University
Information: How we group people to elect representatives has a tremendous effect on who gets elected. How does the process work? How does Gerrymandering happen? Find out what is being done about the problem, and some new tools mathematicians are developing to help out.
Audience: Middle School and High School.
For more information on gerrymandering and mathematics in the news, here are a few articles:


Maps and Parking

Parking Information, including construction zones.
FSU Campus Map Highlighting the Love Building
Google Map
Google Map with Construction Zones around Love Building


Brochure of Schedule of Events

Printable Math Fun Day Brochure with a Schedule of Events

Pre-Registration & Waiver Forms | Activities | Workshops & Demonstrations | Public Lecture | Maps & Parking | Brochure of Schedule of Events


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


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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