The Fields-NSERC “Math for Real” Program

Title: “Math for Real: High School Math Solves Real Problems”

Date: Mar 12, 2018 – Mar 14, 2018

Location:  Room 230, The Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto, On, M5T 3J1 MAP

Sponsored by the Fields Institute of Mathematics and NSERC PromoScience

Description: Math modeling links classroom knowledge in mathematics and computer science to solve real problems in everyday life. It engages students in mathematical reasoning, creative problem solving and team working. We believe that students benefit greatly if they learn at an early age that how exciting and valuable it is to apply mathematics to real world problems.

As the 3rd International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM2C) is coming, we hold the three-day “Math for Real” workshop to help students gain confidence in the competition.  Although the Workshop is intended for students in Grades 9-12, teachers are also welcome to attend. Participants will have inspiring experience in modelling, programming, technical writing and team-building. At the end of the workshop, the participants will walk through the process via a mini mock contest. In addition, plenary talks on math modeling given by professors will take you to unexpected places.

Registration fee:

  • $50 per participant (lunches included, spaces limited).
  • Students with financial needs can apply for fee waiver if a letter of support from your teacher is provided

Organizers:

IMMC-Canada Committee:

Steven Chen, Kosal Chhin, Jane Heffernan, Robert Jordan, Neal Madras, Varvara Nika, Jianhong Wu, Jane Zhang, Hongmei Zhu

Schedule:

March 12, Monday:
9:30 – 9:45: Opening Remarks (Huaxiong Huang, the Fields Institute)
9:45 – 10:45: Mathive Warm-up (Varvara Nika, Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School)
10:45 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 12:00: Graph Theory and Scheduling (Neal Madras, York University)
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch at Mother’s Dumplings
13:00 – 14:00: Think about Modeling (Varvara Nika, Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School)
14:00 – 14:15: Break
14:15 – 15:00: Think about Modeling (Varvara Nika, Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School)
15:00 – 15:30:  Have fun! Let us team up! (Kosal Chhin and Jane Zhang, York University)

March 13, Tuesday (Bring your own laptop if you can!)
9:30 – 10:45:  Be an Octave Programmer!  (Steven Chen, Hongmei Zhu, Kosal Chhin, and  Samuel Wilson, York University)
10:45 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 12:00: Maple and Math Modeling (Erik Postma and Paulina Chin, MapleSoft)
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
13:00 – 14:00: How to write clearly? (Robert Jordan, York University)
14:00 – 14:15: Break
14:15 – 15:00: How to write clearly? (Robert Jordan, York University)
15:00 – 15:30:  Have fun! Let us team up! (Kosal Chhin and Jane Zhang, York University)

March 14, Wednesday (The Pi Day)
9:15 -10:00: Plenary Talk: Mathematics and Biology (Jane Heffernan, York University)
10:00 -10:45: Mock IMMC Contest: the question (Jane Heffernan, York University)
10:45 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 11:45: Mock IMMC Contest: Team up and brainstorm (Jane Heffernan, York University)
11:45-12:00: Invited Talk: IMMC 2017: Jet Lag (David Wu and Zehao Zhou, A.Y. Jackson Secondary School)
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
13:00 – 14:00: Pi Day Celebration with the Fields, Survey and Conclusions

We appreciate your interest in the Fields-NSERC "Math for Real" workshop. The session is currently full. We may hold another session in the Summer break. Please check our website (http://im2c-canada.math.yorku.ca/wordpress/) for the update around May 2018. Please visit contact list page for more information.

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