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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Houghton hosts local high school students for a Math Discovery Day


Recently, Houghton College hosted nine area high schoolers for Math Discovery Day, an event designed to acquaint the students with math at the collegiate level. A Dolciani Grant from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) provided the funding.
While here, the students attended three different mathematics sessions with college faculty, featuring topics like using slope functions to find chocolate hidden in the science building, the “Pigeonhole Principle,” and how a perfect voting system is mathematically impossible. 
“We are excited to host talented area mathematics students for Math Discovery Day, and we hope that it serves as an opportunity for them to deepen their interest in and understanding of the field of mathematics,” said Jill Jordan, assistant professor of mathematics.
Houghton selected students for participation based on their scores in the American Mathematics Competitions, annual contests held by the MAA, which they entered last February during Houghton’s Math and Science Day.
The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation has provided funding for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to award grants for projects designed to develop mathematical enrichment programs for talented students in middle school or high school. The goal of the program is to interest students who are ready for more challenge in the study of mathematics and encourage them to further their mathematical studies.