Maryland Mathematics Institute -- Summer 2009
The Department of Mathematics at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland (UMD) is pleased to announce the second Maryland Mathematics Institute (MMI), a week-long summer course for secondary school mathematics teachers. The MMI will consist of presentations and discussions that are designed to be stimulating, accessible and useful for teaching.
- Dates: Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 2009
- Times: 8:30am- 3:30pm, lunch to be provided by the University
- Location: Room TBA in the Mathematics Building,
College Park campus of the University of Maryland
- Credits: 2 continuing professional development (CPD) credits, MSDE-certified
- SUPPORT STIPEND: $300 for full participation in the week's activity
- Also provided without charge: the credit-certificate fee; lunch; parking; and the price of the Geometer's Sketchpad and Fathom software packages for participants who do not have them.
- Professor Denny Gulick ( 301 405 5157)
- TO REGISTER FOR THE MMI: Mail in the registration form and check (click HERE for the form and address).
Day and Half-Day Interactive Presentations by University of Maryland Faculty:
- Dr. Mike Boyle Struggles of the Past: How New Types of Numbers Emerged in the History of Mathematics
- Dr. Michael Brin: Parallax, or How to Find the Distances to the Moon, Sun and Stars
- Dr. Denny Gulick: Introduction to Chaos, with Applications
- Dr. Frances Gulick: Explorations with Geometer's Sketchpad
- Dr. Frances Gulick: Exploring Statistics with Fathom
- Dr. Eric Slud: How Monte Carlo Sampling Contributes to Data Analysis
- Dr. Larry Washington: Introduction to Cryptography, or How to Share Secrets
We intend to get the software packages Geometer's Sketchpad and Fathom onto the personal computers of teachers who do not have the software, for effective hands-on instruction at the MMI and use in the future.
Also: Discussions on in-school topics of interest to teachers.
Prerequisites. The segments will be most useful for teachers with a basic foundation in algebra, and in some cases as indicated by the title geometry or probability/statistics. We offer 5-week summer courses for high school teachers , beginning the week after the MMI, which are more appropriate for training in the basic foundations.
Here are more details on the vision of the Mathematics Department of the University of Maryland, College Park, with respect to the Maryland Mathematics Institute:
The Department envisions the MMI as an annual one-week, two-credit summer course featuring several College Park faculty. The aim is to provide high school mathematics teachers with interesting and enjoyable mathematics relevant to teaching high school students, and to communicate to the teachers the pleasure and relevance of mathematics. The topics entailed in the MMI will go beyond the standard courses preparatory for teaching high school mathematics.
The Department also aims to build communication between College Park faculty (primarily from the Mathematics Department but also from Mathematics Education) and high school teachers, and to provide high school mathematics teachers a setting to learn from each other and enhance their own community.