An important part of IGL's mission is to support departmental efforts to engage local, state and national communities through outreach and to share our passion for mathematics beyond our campus. In recent year we have organized classroom visits at local schools and we had local schools make field trips to our lab. During these visits we engaged students from preschool to high school in hands-on activities that highlight the creative, discovery driven side of mathematics.
The goal of the project "Developing Exciting Outreach Material" is to develop new activities for future classroom visits and large outreach events and (in normal times) try it out in classroom visit.
This is a continuation of a successful project from previous semesters in which undergraduate scholar prepared outreach material about platonic solids, the Four Color theorem, Algorithms, Symmetry groups and Julia Robinson. Newcomers are welcome!
Possible themes for this semester are following:
Celebrating David Blackwell: David Blackwell, an alumni of the Math Department, was - among many other things - the first African American named to the National Academy of Sciences (see https://math.illinois.edu/david-blackwell). The IGL is preparing a large outreach event to belatedly celebrate Blackwell's 100th birthday and share his passion for mathematics with the next generation. In this project we will develop material for this event.
Going online: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, classrooms visits have been impossible. As part of this project, we will work on developing online outreach lessons based on the classroom material we already have.
We are looking for students with a clear (and preferably documented) interest in teaching and who consider a future career in education, possibly in K12 education.