Sessions are held on Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am followed by lunch in 161 Coburn Hall on UMass Lowell's campus. Free parking is available at the Coburn Hall Parking Lot located on Wilder Street.
Details about our third season are in the works, check back soon!
Our second year, but our first in-person season!
September 11: Game Day at the Math Mill! Ken Levasseur facilitated a session looking at the game of SET. One lucky participant won a copy of the game to take home.
October 9: Who says math can't be beautiful? Daniel Glasscock led us through explorations into fractals. Folding strips of paper, we combined our efforts to create The Dragon (pictures below!)
November 13: Daniel Glasscock and Katie Miller engaged us in solving geometric puzzles and designing our own. Plus, a lucky winner won a copy of Geometry Puzzles in Felt Tip by Catriona Agg (@CShearer41 on twitter)
December 11: Tom Heywosz led us through an investigation into living wages using online resources. Will a $15 minimum wage give anyone in the US a living wage?
February 19: Katie and Tom led us through an iteration of the Kitten Problem, looking at exponential growth and how assumptions can impact our mathematical modeling.
March 26: Dr. MJ Kim from UML's School of Education joined us as the team facilitated a session looking at mathematics-based children's literature!
April 9: We collaborated with UMass Lowell's UTeach program to support our aspiring mathematics educators in implementing projects for their Project-Based Instruction course. High school students from multiple area schools took a field trip to campus, got to tour our mathematics department, and then joined several members of the Math Mill to work on problems.
April 30: Ken led us through some investigations into using mathematics visualization in proofs.
Check out some images from our virtual sessions from our inaugural 2020-2021 season!
Tom Heywosz first asked us to maximize and minimize the area of a triangle using some constraints, and then led a great discussion about how to use questions like this in the classroom.
Ken Levasseur introduced us to the game of SET and had us think about optimal strategies for playing the game.
Daniel Glasscock asked us to investigate the use of yes-no questions. Using various perspectives brought by each participant, we connected yes-no questions to Guess Who, pooled COVID testing, scratched CDs, and the binary system.
Brendan Kelly facilitated a session on modeling income inequality. Participants were asked to discuss what data are needed to measure income inequality. Conversation included wondering about the implications of quantifying inequities.
Katie Miller surprised us with an animal-awareness question about how quickly cats can reproduce. While we had several lingering mathematical questions, the overall answer is: Listen to Bob Barker, and spay or neuter your pets!
Libby Often and Tom Heywosz brought us a task adapted from the Association of Indigenous Math Circles looking at ranked choice voting. Is there a clear winner? We discussed a variety of models of selecting a winner, all of which gave us a different outcome!
Megan Staples and Kyle Evans asked us to think about how to model the spread of the pandemic, and got us thinking about how policy changes can impact how much spread is in the community.
Anna Ferrara and Roser Gine began with an innocent-seeming question about sequences of subsets that led us into the beautiful field of graph theory. We even encountered a real tesseract (and it didn't look anything like the one in the movies).
Stew Miller brought us real (anonymized) data from a school district. He challenged us to think about what makes a student "successful" and how the high school might work to support more students to be "successful."
Ken Levasseur facilitated a session on integer trains using Cuisenaire rods. Participants wondered about connections to Pascal's Triangle and thought through various ways to prove their findings.