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Elementary students enjoy Math Kids Night

Trine University’s Math Club welcomed 40 elementary-age students to its annual Math Kids Night on Nov. 2.

Held inside the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, the event is designed to encourage a love of mathematics in local elementary school students. Students and families enjoyed free food and engaged in math-related activities including origami, tangram puzzles, tower building, STEM building structures, bingo, a clock walk and a scavenger hunt.

The event also included the Elementary Math Challenge, consisting of a 20- to 25-minute written math competition designed for fourth- and fifth-graders. Contest winners were:

  • First place, Jameson Johnson, a student at Prairie Heights Elementary
  • Second place, Leah Ravellette, Ryan Park Elementary
  • Third place, Peter Smith, Ryan Park Elementary.

The Trine Math Club is a student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

“Math Club officers and members did an outstanding job in planning and hosting this event,” said Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., faculty advisor. “We are so very proud of having a dedicated team of such brilliant young scholars and future leaders. We are also very thankful to the elementary school students, their parents and teachers, who show great support for various initiatives and activities led by our Trine students.”

  • Elementary Math Challenge

    Elementary Math Challenge - Kendra Truesdale, second from right, president of Trine University's Math Club, with the winners of the Elementary Math Challenge held as part of Trine University's Math Kids Night: from left, Peter Smith, Ryan Park Elementary; Leah Ravellette, Ryan Park Elementary; and Jameson Johnson, Prairie Heights Elementary.