# The Missing "M" in STEM

NM STEM Symposium 2017

Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Hotel & Spa

1000 Woodward Place NE Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

Ocotillo II

This is a hands-on workshop (all software used is either free or free versions exist), with a highly collaborative angle. A Math Circles-inspired approach takes mathematical discoveries and extends them using computer modeling tools.

Based on our experience in STEM programs over the past couple of decades, it's clear to us that there's very little M in STEM – with that morsel of math generally being used in service of science or computer science. In most cases, a teacher or mentor just tells the students the math they should use, perhaps with some hand-waving, and they incorporate it into their projects.

Can you see the light? That is, can you see the patterns in light bulbs that are left on, after repeatedly following a simple rule to switch them on and off?

JMM 2017 A701, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta, GA

James Taylor presents a Math Circles & modeling-based approach to teaching computer science and computational science.

Explore the surprising variations in conceptually simple sequences of numbers, constructed by applying one of two operations to generate each successive term. Can you make the sequence return to its starting value?

What happens when generous people sit in a circle, and share candy – under some conditions – with each other?

Fold a long strip of paper in half several times. Can you see a pattern in the creases formed along the length of the paper? What sorts of route do we trace if we use the creases to direct our turns along a path?