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April 4, 2018

Students and children sitting at desks using crayonsApril 04, 2018

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Math Department will host its annual Math Night, open to all students in grades K-12, on April 16 from 6-8 p.m. The registration cost is $5 per student (maximum $10 per family). Register for Math Night.

Themed “Math Olympics,” the event will challenge grade-level teams to compete in fun math games at different stations in the Hamann-Ray Science Center. A prize awaits the winners!

Designed to introduce students to new math concepts, Math Night incorporates hands-on activities in a fun environment. Each grade will complete different material, targeting different preparation levels, but they all have the same goal — to experience math in a new way.

“We want K-12 students to be able to experience math content that they don’t normally see in a regular classroom at school,” said Eryn Baldwin ’17, last year’s assistant director for Math Night. “In years past, we’ve done a lot with different types of patterns and sequences, origami and creating tessellations. This event lets students to do a lot of hands-on activities that go beyond the state curriculum.”

Students and children at desks learning shapesMath Night is an opportunity for Asbury students, as well. All students become better mathematicians by teaching math concepts, and Math Education students in particular can earn valuable experience presenting information in a creative way.

“I’ve been able to help organize this event as part of my leadership project for student teaching,” Baldwin said. “I’ve gotten to see a little bit more behind the scenes of math education.”

Dr. Cheryll Crowe, a math professor at Asbury and director of Math Night, says the event is a reflection of the Math Department’s enthusiasm and commitment to service. Asbury’s Math Department not only prepares students to be excellent mathematicians — it encourages them to use their gifts in the service of others.

“We see Math Night Math as an investment in our community,” Crowe said. “It’s a way for us to share our love for math and introduce kids to new concepts and fun activities. It’s also outstanding experience for our Math Education students — they get firsthand experience in designing learning experiences that will hold kids’ attention while illustrating important concepts. Asbury’s Math Department has a contagious enthusiasm for math, as well as a desire to serve, and this event combines both.”

To learn more about Asbury’s Math Department, visit: asbury.edu/math.

To register for Math Night, visit: https://start.asbury.edu/register/Math_Night_2018.