Huntington Learning Center is celebrating Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month in April 2017

Huntington Learning Center  is celebrating Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month in April 2017, an annual event that recognizes the importance of mathematics and its applications and developments in specific areas.

Huntington joins schools, educators, colleges, universities, communities and others to celebrate mathematics as an integral part of everyday life. Math is the building block for many essential careers and plays a central role in some of the world’s greatest innovations.  In the past year alone, we’ve seen technological advancements that are changing the way we live—from smart robots to genetic engineering to artificial intelligence—all of which are examples of math in action. This month, we pay special attention to math’s many applications in solving real-world problems large and small.

Parents can join their efforts this month and year-round by helping their children recognize math’s important uses and put it into practice in their daily lives. Here are some  suggestions:

  1. Have your child estimate the grocery bill as you shop.
  2. Point out careers that require math skills, especially among people your child knows or admires.
  3. Plan a family trip, and have your child calculate drive time or mileage between destinations based on speed limits and distance as well as a trip budget that includes the cost of flights, hotels, gas, meals and other expenditures.
  4. Invite your child to cook with you and calculate all measurements for recipes.
  5. Take your child to the bank every time you go and talk about money—saving it, earning it and how interest compounds in an interest-bearing account.
  6. Take note of the use of statistics in everyday life: in the polls for the recent Presidential election, to deliver accurate weather forecasts, in stock market predictions and more.
  7. Talk about math’s role in some of the most significant discoveries in history: the landing on Mars and the invention of photography, for example.


Mathematics Awareness Month began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation to establish National Mathematics Awareness Week. This annual celebration 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. In 2017, the name of the holiday was changed to Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month.

To learn more about Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month, visit www.mathaware.org

 

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