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The Importance of Celebrating Mathematics

Posted on May 20, 2013 by admin


Many of todays elementary and high school students look at their
mathematics and science classes as either a waste of time or irrelevant to
their future lives. But as the world becomes ever more digital and
opportunities in career fields such as engineering and manufacturing
become more of a priority, it will be increasingly difficult to avoid these
academic subjects.

It was this lack of interest by students in mathematics that prompted


President Reagan to initiate the annual promotion of Mathematics
Awareness. Since his term in office more than 30 years ago, the American
Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics each April have been
celebrating and bringing awareness to the study of math via
the Mathematics Awareness Month. This demonstrates to students that
math and the real world are more intertwined and connected than they
thought.
This years theme was on the Mathematics of Sustainability. This years
celebration to focused attention on the use of mathematics training to show
how scientists and engineers can work via their academic training to
balance the use of our natural resources with the need to conserve and
preserve it. Weve kept these notions with us even though the celebration is
technically over.

In the spirit of Mathematics Awareness Month, especially with the focus on


Mathematics of Sustainability, Gage thought it would be a great time to
mention our support of the EcoCar2 competition. The EcoCar2 is a
competitive challenge that brings students from 15 leading North American
universities to retrofit a regular car and turn it into a competitive green,
sustainable vehicle.
In our next blog, we will provide more details and coverage on this
competition and our participation. Until then, take time to think about how
much math you use on a daily basis. Besides all of the digital devices that
you use daily (thanks to algebra, trig, calculus, and stats), theres that tip
you add onto a restaurant bill, the calculations to figure out whether you
owe taxes to Uncle Sam, or the simple addition as you determine how many
calories you just consumed. Math is truly as fundamental as reading.
Celebrate it!
Education institutions of all levels everywhere nationwide will be celebrating the annual
National Science Club Month (NSCM) this September. The theme for NSCM 2016
is AGRINNOVATE: Revolutionizing Agricultural Outlook for Sustainable Growth.

the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC) explained that the focus on
education aims to make students realize the importance of the sector that brings food on
our tables. PSYSC is one of the organizations that plans the activities related to the annual
celebration of science month.

According to the organization, this years theme also seeks to rekindle the Filipino youths
interest in agriculture and to raise awareness on its current situation in the country through
its four major annual events:

1) National Science Clubs Summit (SUMMIT)

2) PSYSC Science Olympiad (PSO)

3) Math, Science, and Kapaligiran (MathSciKa) workshops

4) I Teach Science Seminar (ITSS)

This years theme is all the more relevant given the campaign pledge of President Rodrigo
Duterte to pour more resources in the agriculture sector, especially in Mindanao.

September has been designated as Science Month as mandated by former President


Gloria Macapagal-Arroyos Proclamation 264, which she signed in 2002.