USF Sarasota-Manatee Students to Host USF (SM)²ART FAIR FEB. 23RD

Children are invited to engage in hands-on mathematical art projects in a fun, interactive event sponsored by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Sharing Math [USF(SM)² Club] in two sessions on February 23, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium. The campus math organization hosting the fair exists to promote, encourage and support sense-making in mathematics among its members and the extended community. Members are primarily elementary education majors who will be the classroom leaders of the future.

“The (SM)²Art Fair reflects our desire to reach out to our community in a unique way to inspire children who may not associate math with creativity, expression or fun,” said Tricia D. Hunsader, Ph.D., assistant professor in the USFSM College of Education and faculty advisor for the event. “We hope that this event will get kids engaged and allow them to connect their creativity to mathematical contexts. We are not attempting to teach the math underlying the activities, much of which is aligned with high-level high school or college courses. But we will use the projects to stimulate children’s imaginations and whet their appetites for future learning.”

Fifth and sixth grade students from all Sarasota and Manatee County schools may try out 27 different activity stations centered on themes such as kaleidoscopes, optical art, symmetry, tangrams, patterns, fractals and origami. Not only will the children learn and grow through the activities, but USFSM’s future educators will be gaining ideas and resources about mathematical art that they can apply in their classrooms someday.

Attendance is limited to the first 200 students, and advanced registration is required.

To see a video of last year’s well-attended and highly rated event, go to www.sharingmath.shutterfly.com/smartfair/25.

Registration information is available at: www.sharingmath.shutterfly.com/smartfair