Mathematics And Statistics Fair DETAILS
From the Physics & Engineering Festival organizer:
Join the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics for a day of games, crafts, magic and learning open to the Bryan-College Station community and greater Brazos Valley.
On Saturday, Feb. 24, the John R. Blocker Building on campus will once again host hundreds of eager young minds ready for a day of learning and fun.
The event, which is free and open to all ages, targets school-aged children and features interactive games, puzzles, crafts, magic tricks, statistics and problem-solving stations. Organizers add another layer of fun by utilizing the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival format. With each game played, craft created and problem solved, students earn a raffle ticket. The more tickets they earn, the better their chance of winning a prize and the more they learn to love math. A pizza lunch will be provided for all fair participants.
This year’s fair will also host one of the department’s many popular professors, Dr. Gregory Berkolaiko, who is known for making complex topics understandable. He will teach a lesson about probability in presenting “The Many Colors of M&Ms and the German Tank Problem.”
Berkolaiko describes the lesson as follows: “Your friend chooses a die at random and rolls it several times, announcing the results. How many sides does the die have and with what certainty? This question has some interesting history connected to it. To answer the question, we will learn the basics of probability, including conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem.”
Founded in 2002 by Texas A&M husband and wife mathematics professors Dr. Peter Kuchment and Dr. Mila Mogilevsky, the fair was created to increase understanding and appreciation for math. The partnership with the Department of Statistics was added in 2017. The popular event serves as the highlight of the department’s spring outreach events.
The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Blocker Building. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Berkolaiko’s lesson at 1 p.m. The raffle prize winner will be announced at 2 p.m.
Free parking is available in Lot 47 near the Bonfire Memorial on the Texas A&M campus. Participants may also pay to park in the Northside Garage on the corner of University Drive and Ireland Street near the Blocker Building.
Please let us know in advance you plan on coming if you’d like to make the registration process faster.