Math Day on Campus
On April 23, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in collaboration with the Alaska Space Grant Program presented "Math Day on Campus" at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for 6th grade students who are in a pilot program for highly advanced math. Approximately sixty students from six different schools participated in this all day event focusing on the application of mathematics in different fields of study. Four different colleges and schools at the university showcased how they use math through the following projects:
School of Management (SOM):
Will a lemonade stand make money? Using special techniques we will show you how to predict how much lemonade you will have to sell to make a profit!
College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM):
How big were ancient sharks and dinosaurs? Learn how to calculate body size of ancient creatures from clues like fossilized teeth and tracks.
School of Natural Resource and Agricultural Science (SNRAS):
Fractals in Nature: What are fractals? How are fractals used in science and industry?
College of Engineering and Mines (CEM):
How does a robotic mouse figure out how to get through a maze without being able to see the entire maze at once? How much does it cost to make yourself toast in the morning, make a smoothy after school, or blow dry your hair?