Mathematics Awareness Week 1996

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Central College
Houston, Texas

Scene from MAW '95 at Central College. Pictured (from
left to right) are: Natasha Henry, Tyson Henry, LaJoi
Kennedy (standing), LaNetra Moneta, and Maya Matthews.

Community Service Activities

Seventh and eighth graders will participate in a "Mathematics Riddles" Contest. Students will solve problems that will assist in their preparation for the TAAS test, administered by Houston Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency. Students will use decision-making to guess the answer to number theory problems.

Date of Contest: Second Week in April, 1996

Place: S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Houston, Texas

Contact Persons: Jacqueline B. Giles or Deloyd Parker

Voice: 713-521-0641

Fax: 713-521-1185

College Level Activities

Teams of students enrolled in College Algebra will prepare:

(1) 5 Bulletin Boards in classrooms and the computer laboratory

(2) A mathematics newsletter will be prepared and distributed during April, 1996

(3) A panel discussion will be held in April, 1996. Topic: Mathematics and Decision-making (Using statistical data to support opinions relating to Affirmative Action.)

Affirmative Action Panel Discussion
Place: Dr. J. Don Boney Building, Room 305
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Date April 25, 1996, Thursday

Mr. Herbert Hamilton (faculty)
Mr. Tim Sever (faculty)
Mr. Joel Williams (faculty)
Ms. Gabe Espinosa (student)
Ms. Fatou Bao (student)
Mr. Phillip Saud (student)

Question and Answer Period

Reception 3:50 P.M.

Mr. Chris Williams
Ms. Eryn Bywater
Ms. Laurie West

Contact: 713-630-1881
(4) Students will design and conduct an assessment of activities to determine interests and peer evaluation of the Central College MAW projects for 1996.

(5) Class activities include completion of projects to determine minimum cost for packaging basketballs to be sent to students in South Africa. Students are to estimate the cost of sending inflated basketballs in a rectangular box of specified dimensions. Minimum conditions are given in the problem statement so that students will impose their own conditions to complete the task. Team work and research are encouraged so that students gain real world experiences while completing the project.

(6) Colloquium:

Speaker: Dr. James Ginn, Head,
Mathematics Department,
Texas Southern University,
Houston, Texas

Topic: Mathematical Expectations

Time and Date: 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 1996

Place: Central College Mathematics Department
Room 311, Dr. J. Don Boney Building
1300 Holman, Houston, Texas 77004

Contact: 713-630-1881
For more information on Math Awareness Week activities at Central College, please contact Jackie Giles at

Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.