The Mathematics Visiting Speakers Program offers support for teachers through enrichment activities that help motivate students to explore mathematical ideas beyond the classroom curriculum. Faculty get an inside look at the local schools and gain first-hand experience with the students, while public school teachers help their students broaden their perspectives on mathematics.
Axelle Faughn, Assistant Professor Mathematics Education
Faculty from the Colleges of Education and Allied Professions, Arts and Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts are involved in a number of collaborative activities with western North Carolina public schools.
Mathematics Visiting Speakers Program
Western Carolina University’s mathematics and computer science department implemented a Mathematics Visiting Speakers Program, supported by the School University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP). A list of possible topics was distributed to WNC schools. WCU mathematics faculty members were invited to share enrichment talks in local middle and high school classrooms, extra-curricular events, Math Club meetings, etc.
This outreach program has been running for five years and provides an opportunity for public school students to look at mathematics from other perspectives than they might encounter in their regular classes. This years' list of topics includes:
- Fractals and the Chaos Game
- Mathematics and Poetry
- Pythagoras, his Followers, and his Theorem
- The First Attacks on a “Man-Eating Problem:” the Four Color Problem in Nineteenth Century Britain
- How proportional are we?
- What is it like to major in Mathematics at WCU? What will I do afterwards?
- Connect the Dots from Geometry to Botany
- Art and Mathematics
- 2-D, 3-D and Mystery Buildings
- Fun with Cryptography
- Binary Numbers Card Trick
- Mira, Mira, on the Special Right Triangles
- "H1N1 and Mathematics? Modeling the Spread of a Disease"
Click here to see a detailed list of available Program talks. There may be talks added to this list later in the year, so please check the WCU Math and Computer Science website for the most up-to-date list of talks.