Math Explorers' Club (Grades 8–12)

With support from the National Science Foundation, graduate students have developed a collection of more than 40 mathematics modules that cover a wide variety of topics accessible to middle- and high-school students. We implement one or two of these modules on the Cornell campus each semester in what we call the “Math Explorer’s Club.”

When and Where

November 4 and 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., pizza at 12:30
Cornell University, Malott Hall, room 532 (changed from room 207)

Please sign up below at least two days before the start of the module if you plan to attend.
If you’re willing to help us advertise, please use one of our posters.

Previous offerings


Introduce new mathematical concepts and problem solving strategies to grades 8-12 students who will, in turn, communicate their new knowledge in public forums (i.e., through posters and/or presentations).

What to Expect

Interactive lessons in a cooperative and supportive learning environment = lots of fun!
(See recent coverage in the Cornell Chronicle.)

Topic - Groups Around Us

Instructor: Hannah Keese

How can we mathematically capture what it means for an object to be symmetric?  How is the symmetry of a butterfly different from the symmetry of a starfish?  We’ll answer these questions and more using a branch of mathematics called group theory, developing the necessary abstract framework along the way.

About the instructor: Hannah is a second-year graduate student in mathematics. She moved to Ithaca from Australia one year ago and can often be found (fruitlessly) practicing her American accent.

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Please sign up by November 2nd if you plan to attend.

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