Congratulations: QED Turns Gold; Tricolorability for Pre-Teens

When our judges saw Lillian Jirousek’s project at QED they were blown away. Now they aren’t the only ones.

Congratulations to Lillian for earning best in category (math!) at the state science fair, which came with a $2,000 scholarship! In her project, “The Mercurial Matrix,” Lillian explored the relationship between the adjacency matrix and walks on graphs.

Kudos for Amanda Ruch and Sara Rezvi for recently publishing, Untangling the “Knot” Your Typical Math Problem in the 25th Anniversary issue of Teaching Children Mathematics. Sara and Amanda based their article on an activity they implemented in MC2’s summer camp in 2018. Amanda is the lead teacher for MC2’s Haynes level (5th and 6th graders); Sara is the city wide lead for Brahmagupta (7th and 8th graders).

Amanda and Sara’s lesson concerned ways in which mathematicians can use the tricolorability to distinguish knots. Pulling off this topological lesson for 5th and 6th graders involved pipe cleaners, colored pencils, and a willingness to explore.

Congratulations to you all!