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Western to celebrate Math Madness with film screening, 3.14 mile walk/run this month

March 03, 2015

Pi Day falls on 3.14
Pi Day falls on 3.14, but Western is celebrating Math Madness all month long!

ROCK SPRINGS  – It’s Math Madness at Western Wyoming Community College this month!

In honor of Pi Day, which falls on Saturday, March 14, the WWCC Math and Science Division will host a Math Trivia Challenge on campus Thursday, March 5, followed by a screening of the acclaimed film “Stand and Deliver” on Thursday, March 19, and a 3.14-mile walk/run on Thursday, March 26.    

Pi Day is a worldwide annual celebration of the Greek letter and mathematical symbol π, which mathematicians use to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – approximately 3.14. More information about Pi Day may be found at http://www.piday.org/.

The Math Trivia Challenge will take place between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Pendulum. Students and visitors to campus are encouraged to stop by and attempt to answer three math questions correctly. Those who do will win an individual-sized fruit pie, courtesy of the WWCC Cultural Affairs Committee.

On Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., the Math and Science Division will host a screening of the acclaimed 1988 drama “Stand and Deliver” in Room 1005. The film stars Edward James Olmos as real-life East Los Angeles math teacher Jaime Escalante, who inspired his at-risk students to learn calculus and pass the Advanced Placement exam. The Mustang Athletic Department will provide free popcorn during the movie.    

Finally, on Thursday, March 26, Western’s Exercise Science students will facilitate a 3.14-mile walk/run. The event begins at 1:30 in Rushmore Gymnasium.

Aside from celebrating one of the most famous of all mathematical symbols, and math’s general overall awesomeness, Math Madness at Western is intended to highlight for students the value of math and science degrees in professional careers. Jobs that call for a degree science, technology, engineering, and math – the so-called STEM disciplines - are among the highest paid professions in Southwest Wyoming and across the nation.     

Western offers associate-degree tracks in biology, chemistry, engineering, pre-pharmacy, pre-med, geology, environmental science, and mathematics, all of which require proficiency in math. These degrees can put students on the path to completing their bachelor’s degrees in STEM programs at four-year universities, which can lead them to graduate school or directly into a job market with high demand for science and math graduates.

Math Madness is sponsored by the WWCC Science and Math Division, and its events are free and open to the community. For more information, contact Professor of Developmental Studies Stacie Lynch-Newberg, Ed.D., at snewberg@westernwyoming.edu or at (307) 382-1826, or Associate Professor of Mathematics Sarah Pauley at spauley@westernwyoming.edu or at (307) 382-1755.     

 



For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or aharton@westernwyoming.edu.
 
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