Making Mathematics Fun and Accessible for Everyone
If you are a high school student interested in math, you are encouraged to attend Point Park University's annual Mathematics Symposium. At the symposium, you will discover a fun, interesting and accessible approach to engaging in mathematics while learning about career opportunities in this field.
At the symposium, Matthew Pascal, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, Mark Marnich, Ed.D., associate professor of mathematics and Darlene Marnich, Ed.D., professor and chair of the education department at Point Park University, lead students in hands-on mathematical activities such as:
- Using ancient Chinese documents (first century, BC) to provoke ways to compute the height of a distant object;
- Going on scavenger hunts of mathematical persuasion in Downtown Pittsburgh; and
- Allowing students to showcase their results and computations through PowerPoint presentations.
Lunch is provided and served in the Lawrence Hall Dining Room.
Students who are accepted to participate in the Mathematics Symposium are sent a list of challenging problems to solve before the event. Prizes are given to groups who solve the most problems correctly.
Nominations and Registration
Teachers throughout Western Pennsylvania can each nominate up to four high school students to attend who show an interest in mathematics and/or mathematics education. Students may also apply.
Check back to this page for information about the 2016 symposium.
For questions or more information, contact symposium organizer Matthew Pascal, Ph.D., at 412-392-3892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
- “Point Park University program helps high school students add to their math skills,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/2/2012.
- "Point Park hosts inaugural mathematics symposium for high school students," Point Park University website, 11/13/2012.
- "Math Symposium introduces students to Ancient Chinese surveying," Point Park News Service, 11/30/12.