Math Fair 2018
Students and teachers started arriving at the venue, the JFK Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. The Open Ceremony was held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The event was well subscribed by schools with over 500 students in attendance.
The chair for this event was Dr. Donna Dyer, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST). Following her opening remarks, Dr. Terry Mohammed, Deputy Dean of Outreach, brought greetings on behalf of the Dean, Dr. Cockburn. Then, the Vice Principal of SJCSJ, Mrs. Linda Atwaroo-Ali spoke about the event, welcoming both new and returning students to the Fair.
Following her speech, mathematicians from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (DMS) gave brief motivational speeches regarding mathematics and its applications.
These persons included Dr. Angela Shirley, Lecturer and Member of the Outreach Committee, as well as Professor Farrell (Emeritus). A UWI Alumni and past student of SJCSJ, Ms. Khadine Bovell, also provided students with a short anecdote of her experience with Mathematics and how it impacted her life.
At the end of the formal session, students were invited to peruse the various booths to participate in games and logic puzzles. Door prizes were donated by the Dean’s Office as well as various sponsors. A short movie on Mathematics was also projected for all to view.
Many students participated in the Mathematical Maze puzzles, logic games and brain teasers. Students were excited to participate and win prizes. The students of the Nerd Herd Math Club of SJCSJ were in charge of the booths and provided instructions to the students.
The DMS also had a booth with posters created by both undergraduate and postgraduate students on research within the Department, as well as brochures on programmes offered. By extension, the Actuarial Science Club, the Trinidad and Tobago Mathematics Olympiad (TTMO) and FST also provided information to interested students and teachers at their respective booths.