3rd Annual Focus on Mathematics Expo Highlights Creative Achievements by Boston-area Students

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

The 3rd Annual Student Mathematics Exposition will highlight the most creative achievements in mathematics by middle and high school students in the Boston-area.

The event will showcase research projects designed and created by students from school districts in Arlington, Chelsea, Lawrence, Waltham, and Watertown. Student projects on such topics as the mathematics involved in Sudoku, Fibonacci patterns, cryptography, and data mining will be showcased.

Over 2,000 students participated in Math Fairs leading up to this event. On display will be the 102 projects judged to be the best, based on mathematical skill and depth, entered in the fairs held recently in each district.

The Expo will highlight the culmination of mathematical investigations by hundreds of middle and high school students who have been supported and mentored by their teachers and mathematicians in the Focus on Mathematics Program.

Partners include Boston University, Education Development Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, UMASS Lowell, Lesley University, and five greater Boston school districts – Arlington, Chelsea, Lawrence, Waltham and Watertown public schools. Corporate Sponsors include Holt, Rinehart and Winston, The MathWorks, and Raytheon Company.

A reception with university mathematicians, teachers, parents, and students will be held following the Expo.

The 3rd Annual Student Mathematics Exposition

Saturday, June 10, 2006

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Science
The Washburn Pavilion
Science Park
Boston, MA

For more information, contact Ava Berinstein, 617-358-2388, ava@Focusonmath.org or visit http://www.focusonmath.org

Focus on Mathematics, a Massachusetts-based Math/Science partnership funded by the National Science Foundation, is a unique partnership of teachers and mathematicians at the secondary and collegiate levels committed to increasing student achievement in and enjoyment of math.