David Hemmer, Chair, UB Department of Mathematics, demonstrates the mysteries of the Mobius strip, for Grade 6 students from Westminster Community Charter School, Buffalo, NY. Each January, K-8 students from Westminster Community Charter School visit UB for hands-on activities in science, engineering and math involving demonstrations, experiments and small group sessions.
The Dodge Elementary School’s PTA “Super Dodgers” program, led by UB Math Chair David Hemmer, has been selected as this year’s winner of the New York State PTA Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) Award.
The award letter indicates that Hemmer’s PARP program had a very creative theme that encouraged students and their families to read in a fun and exciting manner while promoting lifelong learning. The committee was impressed that the “Super Dodgers” program ran for nine months and involved not only students and parents but also school personnel and the community.
The award recognizes the use of technology and social media to spread the word about PARP, plus the use of Google Forms for feedback. The committee also noted the effective way book reviews encouraged students to write, and how each event or activity had reading as the focus. The fact that the school’s ELA scores increased was cited as a tribute to the success of Hemmer’s program.
From among all the region winners, only the “Super Dodger’s” were chosen for the State PARP Outstanding Program. A special plaque will be presented to the school on November 4, 2017, during the General Session if the 2017 NYS PTA 121 Convention in Niagara Falls.
Many participants from the previous NMC competitions (some in the group photo above, 2011) are now college students majoring in math and science.
NMC Buffalo-Rochester Region
NMC 2009 – UB Mathematics
NMC 2010 – UB Mathematics
NMC 2011 – UB Mathemaitcs
NMC 2012 – Canisius, Old Main
NMC 2014 – Canisius, Science Building
NMC 2015 – Canisius, Science Building
NMC 2017 – UB Mathematics
UB Mathematics and Canisius Mathematics departments have been hosting the National Mathematics Competition (NMC) since 2009. The NMC is a nationwide annual mathematics competition for students from Grade 4 to 11 administered by the Korean-American Scientists Engineering Association. The annual competition, held in April, provides an advanced level of mathematics problems for students across the US.
The regional NMC, includes the Buffalo and Rochester areas, is organized by Dr. Jung (UB) and Dr. Kahng (Canisius). The purpose of the event is to bring together local students for a day filled with exciting opportunities for students to participate in a math competition while working with peer students on math projects.
For a successful organization of the event, a small army of volunteers includes our graduate and undergraduate math students who serve as a event managers and mentors.
This NMC event promotes interest in mathematics and science for students in Grades 4 to 11 by showing them how to develop more advanced levels of mathematical thinking.The NMC in Buffalo has only a short history, but has been establishing a tradition as a community event.