PI: Eric Dyreson, Department of Mathematics, University of Montana Western

"Mathematics has beauty and romance. It's not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It's an extraordinary place; it's worth spending time there." -- Marcus du Sautoy

We will develop a series of Mathematical Explorations designed to enhance 4th-8th grade students’ understanding of the nature of mathematics modeled on the successful SPOT program pioneered by the MSGC. We aim to provide the proper context in which to explore mathematics and encourage the creativity that is integral to mathematical exploration.

Mathematica (the lingua franca of mathematics) will be used to create a series of interactive Explorations in Mathematics in which students will travel to far realms of the mathematical universe and using the rules of the specific realm create mathematical artifacts for transport back to earth to be printed on a 3D printer.

Teacher Education candidates at the University of Montana Western will lead these mathematical explorations for 4th-8th graders in our Rural Fridays Program. Each exploration will be led by one Mathematics officer and one Art officer in charge of guiding the students through glitches in Mathematica and encouraging creative exploration.


Contact Information

Mail: Eric Dyreson
Department of Mathematics
University of Montana Western
Dillon, MT 59725
E-mail: Eric Dyreson
Phone: (406) 683-7275


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