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A Day of Mathematical Exploration for High School Students

CMU Math Club announces 26th Annual Math Extravaganza

On Monday, March 4, nearly 200 high school students from Mesa County Valley School District 51 as well students from Delta and Montrose will visit Colorado Mesa University’s campus to attend the 26th Annual Math Extravaganza.

Math Extravaganza is organized by CMU Math Club and aims to engage high school students from across the region, providing them with a unique opportunity to delve into the realms of mathematics, statistics and computer science. The day will be filled with interactive activities led by CMU students, offering a hands-on experience that goes beyond traditional classroom learning.

“The event gives high schoolers a chance to interact with fun and interesting mathematics that they wouldn’t normally see. By being exposed to this sort of math being taught by their peers (not just faculty members), and seeing their peers excited about mathematics, high schoolers can learn that mathematics is fun and engaging. Several current math students at CMU once participated in Math Extravaganza during their high school years, highlighting the impact this event can have on high school students,” said Math Club Advisor and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Megan Wendler, PhD.

The event will feature three distinct activity stations, covering game design, the Euclidean algorithm and discrete natural disasters. The day's highlights include a special welcome address by CMU President Marshall and a keynote presentation by Assistant Professor Ana Berrizberitia, PhD, on the mathematics of juggling.

While the event primarily involves CMU students, it's not limited to math majors. Six dedicated students, including four math majors, one computer science major, and one environmental science and technology major, will lead the various stations. Additionally, volunteers from across campus will assist at the activity stations.

Wendler added that the day is to be a dynamic and intellectually stimulating day for all participants.

The event will be held from 9am-2pm on the second floor of the UC and media is invited to attend.


Written by Kelsey Coleman