Genesee Community College Math Club Holds Poster Contest & Awards Prizes

Genesee Community College is once again celebrating Mathematics Awareness Month by sponsoring a poster competition for the middle school students in Genesee County. The posters will be on exhibit throughout the college, both in the William B. Stuart Forum and in the Math/Science suite. The contest concludes with an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 6:30 PM in Room T119 of the College’s Conable Technology Building.

The fourth annual Math Poster Contest is sponsored by Genesee’s Math Club, whose goal is to generate a positive awareness of mathematics in the world for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participants. There are monetary awards for first, second, and third places as well as two honorable mention awards.

Based on the theme “Math in Nature,” contestants’ posters will be judged in four categories:

- Overall Impact - eye-catching appeal and visual attractiveness 
- Clarity - demonstration of how math is evident in nature 
-  Appropriateness - graphics for the message being conveyed 
-  Creativity – how uniquely the theme “Math in Nature” is illustrated

The contest is open to all middle school students (grades 6-8) in Genesee County. The 2007 Math in Nature Poster Contest Winners will be honored at the event on Wednesday, April 18th.

Genesee Community College’s Math Club provides college students with the opportunity to join together to promote a healthy interest in math. Some activities sponsored by the Math Club include the New York State Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges’ Math Contest (NYSMATYC), which occurs each fall and spring semester. This year, trips to Laser Quest have provided a pleasant diversion for students

“The poster contest is one way that we can have a positive impact on younger math students in our region,” said Mary Knappen, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Genesee Community College.
“Nationwide there is a push to raise math achievement scores. If students can see math as an exciting and fun field of study, their achievement grades will naturally increase. Math is required for numerous types of jobs in today’s world. If we can help students enjoy math at a young age, they will continue that interest when they reach college and be better positioned to pursue careers in technologically advanced fields.”

For further information about Genesee’s Math Club, please contact Mary Knappen or Phil Pickering, Genesee Community College Mathematics Professors at (585) 343-0055 (extensions 6382 or 6388, respectively) or email: mcknappen@genesee.edu or ptpickering@genesee.edu.

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