Math Circles: Sitting ‘Round A Campfire


Talk Story / Paper


As educators in an increasingly diverse global forum, it is imperative to recognize that mathematics has long been perceived as inaccessible and impersonal. Key advancements in this image can come from engaging with communities in ways that resonate with each specifically. Participants of all backgrounds will be asked to share thoughts on just how “real world” mathematics adds value to their communities, and how their community influences the work of mathematicians. They will be encouraged to use different tools to communicate mathematical ideas than they might be used to, such as body language. Especially in mathematics, talking story has value, and this session hopes to encourage that. Mathematics educators live the Seventh Generation philosophy, because every person has some deep-seated emotional experience tied to numbers, to patterns, to logic, and that in turn inspires the journey this session will take.

Session Recording

STEMS² Pillars: Aʻo, Moʻolelo, Sense of Place


June 30th, 2022, 10:45am–11:45am HST

Location: Aʻo (Gather.Town)

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    Janani Lakshmanan
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa