The month of April marks Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, and Huntington Learning Center is recognizing this important annual event.
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. These disciplines play an important role in addressing real-world problems facing our society, including security, sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge and more.
This annual program began in 1986 with a proclamation made by President Ronald Reagan to establish National Mathematics Awareness Week. The event was renamed in 1999 as Mathematics Awareness Month and moved to April and has been called Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month since 2017. It now celebrates mathematics and statistics and the diverse researchers and students in these fields who are contributing to furthering discoveries, solving problems, and finding beauty in the world.
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is a program of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, which is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics.
Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that math and statistics are essential aptitudes used in so many different fields. “We recognize that math and statistics are integral to researching and solving worldwide problems and also are a big part of fields like medicine, technology, business, energy, manufacturing, biotechnology and others,” says Huntington. “Our goal in teaching children is to help them see the practical application of math and the power that it has to drive true innovations in today’s complex world. We’re pleased to join educators, parents, universities, schools and others nationwide to recognize this annual event and to encourage our communities to do so too.”
Huntington offers parents the following tips to put math at the forefront of their children’s lives and remind them of its applicability in daily life and big-picture importance: