APU Hosts Math Field Day and STEM Festival

by University Relations

Celebrating the challenges and triumphs inherent in mathematics education, Azusa Pacific hosted the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Math Field Day for the first time on April 29, 2017. The event, sponsored by University Libraries, the Center for Research in Science, and the Department of Mathematics and Physics, featured a math competition for L.A. County students in grades 4-8. LACOE’s annual Math Field Day provides creative and exciting activities that promote mathematical reasoning, teamwork, and a balanced curriculum for students in traditional and charter schools. Teams of four selected by districts throughout the county competed in events that called upon various math skills, including computational and procedural, conceptual understanding, and problem solving.

The day began with a general assembly where students and their proctors learned the format and scoring policies. Round one, the conceptual understanding competition, and round two, problem solving, evaluated how well the four students functioned as a team, listened to one another, shared strategies, and worked collaboratively on the task. The computational and procedural skill category provided an opportunity for team members to compete individually by answering 10 skill-level questions each.

Following the competitive events, students celebrated at the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Festival, where they participated in fun activities involving robotics, environmental photography, molecular gastronomy, computer programming, video and game production, flight simulations, neuroscience, and chemistry. At the close of the day, an awards ceremony recognized the top scorers and encouraged all students to regard their participation as a testament to their outstanding focus, commitment, and academic success.

For information on this year's upcoming Math Field Day visit here.

Originally published in the Summer '17 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.