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For Immediate Release
COUNTDOWN TO MATH WEEK
City of Halifax Launches First Ever
Mathematical Sciences Awareness Week, November 15-21
Mathematics considered the language of Halifaxs knowledge economy
Halifax, Nova Scotia November 16, 2009 Its time to calculate the importance of mathematics in our daily lives. That is the message of the City of Halifax in declaring the first ever Mathematical Sciences Awareness Week, November 15-21.
Math is much more than a school subject; its all around us, says Dr. Jeannette Janssen, Professor, Mathematics at Dalhousie University. Mathematical ideas are at the heart of many modern inventions: they make iPods possible, video games more realistic and cell phones more efficient. Math also teaches the skills of sound reasoning and recognizing patterns.
Janssen who is also a researcher with MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems), a Vancouver-based national research network that connects university-based math researchers with organizations to solve real-world challenges explained that the goal of Mathematical Sciences Awareness Week is to reinforce the message that mathematical sciences play an essential role in our society and to get Nova Scotia residents more interested in sharpening their skills.
Mathematics is the universal language of science and technology and is also fast becoming the language of business and medicine. Chances are that any child today will need quantitative skills to get ahead at some time in their career, yet children are turning away from mathematical sciences in large numbers which is cause for concern, Janssen said. Avoiding math will put a barrier in a persons career path - something we'd like to change.
So, what can Halifax residents do to give a boost to a topic that upon mere mention makes 20 per cent of Canadians palms sweat? Here are a few suggestions from MITACS regarding how individuals can participate in Mathematical Sciences Awareness Week:
Review the basics of math by using online programs such as Math.com, Coolmath.com or Mathplayground.com. For those kids who like online gaming, why not give HYPERLINK "http://www.mathamaze.com/"www.mathamaze.com a visit. Sites like these offer lessons, games, puzzles and information for parents and children to enjoy together.
Speak to your childs high school math teacher about Math Circles, a program launched by Dalhousie University, which brings students to the university to take part in interactive activities that demonstrate the real-world application of advanced math concepts, from game theory to cryptology.
Strengthen problem-solving skills through games and puzzles. The card game Set, for example, is a good way for all ages to increase visual perception and pattern-finding abilities. Students in grade one can play and beat adults, even mathematicians.
Any activity that exercises logic will improve a persons math ability. Logic and basic arithmetic puzzles such as Sudoku, Kakuro and Kenken are ideal.
Electronic games such as Minesweeper or Lemmings might not look like math at first glance, but they sharpen ones cognitive abilities. Regular and repeated problem-solving builds the neural pathways that flow between the areas of the brain that are involved with doing math.
Pick up a copy of Our Days Are Numbered by Dalhousie Math Professor Dr. Jason Brown. In this book, Dr. Brown shows that from the moment we wake until the moment we go to bed, mathematics is everywhere!
Improving math skills not only benefits individuals on a personal level, but it also plays a central role in building Halifaxs future knowledge economy, said Janssen, whose MITACS organization celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.
For more information about Mathematical Sciences Awareness Week, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.mitacs.ca/"www.mitacs.ca.
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