This is the central planning location for Girl's Math Day. This is a random idea which Richard thought up. It would be similar to Girl's Science Day, put on by Women in Science at Columbia.
Please add any ideas you have to this wiki. This wiki will be the central organizing point. Everything will be public, to enable anyone to jump in and take part, as well as producing an excellent online resource for others to use and copy.
Will Girl's Math Day actually happen? It is nothing but a pipe dream right now, Richard has no idea if people will want to do this, but at least this page will allow people to discuss, add ideas, and see the feasibility. Someday someone might stumble upon this and use our ideas.
Please add your name here if you would like to help, and in what capacity. You do not have to be a math student to help or run experiments!
- Richard - I will help organize people into making this happen, and do logistical support, but I don't want to be the public figurehead.
Roles (fill in your name here if you can do the job, more than one person per job is fine):
- Outreach/marketing (getting girls to come):
- Website (would be good if we can mooch off the WISC webspace):
- Logistics (setting up rooms and space here):
- Experiment leaders:
- Volunteers (group leaders, other stuff):
For now, see GirlsScienceDayExperiments for a list of experiments. A fair number of the ones on that page are mathy. Richard has some math puzzle books which can give a plethora of ideas.
Graph theory: Bridges of Königsberg, experiment designed and already been run once.
Trigonometry: Make sextants and measure the height of buildings and width of things (roads/hudson river/campus areas?).
Monty Hall problem: three doors, pick one, another opened, do you switch?
- Möbius strips and topology: make them, cut them down the center and see what happens.
- Something with Symmetry
- Something with knot theory (?) (see richard's contact)
- Something game related (see richard's recreational math puzzle book for ideas)
Write down your random thoughts in this section, and organizers can use them in their planning.
- Start off with the prototype of Girl's Science Day
What age range will we target to? (Will we expect the students to know algebra? We should probably not assume that).
- Get WISC to reserve Havemeyer rooms (just like GSD) and Mathematics building rooms. They are all very close to each other.
- GMD could have longer experiment sessions, and less time spent on demonstrations, if we can't think up as good demonstrations as the GSD ones.
- Funding/sponsorship sources
- Columbia/Barnard Math
- Teacher's College
For more experiment ideas, see the book The Most Beautiful Mathematical Formulas, by Lionel Salem, et. al.. It is a fun and accessible look at a wide variety of math principles, and some could be adapted to experiments. A fair number need Algebra, though.
- What if we increased the ages so that the students would have studied some algebra? Or made it for students who were in algebra at the current time?