What's the Big Idea: A Game Show Featuring Students and Mathematicians (Encore Showing) | National Math Festival
What's the Big Idea Game Show

What's the Big Idea: A Game Show Featuring Students and Mathematicians (Encore Showing)

Saturday April 17, 2021 from 11:00am - 12:30pm ET

Join elementary, middle, and high school students for a whirlwind presentation of big ideas in math — presented by mathematicians — and judged by students! Students will assess the mathematicians' explanations based on fun and clarity. Come ready to listen to some BIG math ideas, aimed at audiences from elementary school through university level mathematics.

Featured mathematicians and topics include:

  • Jessica Andrews-Todd: Is a Square a Rectangle?
  • Fega Okwa: Is 0 an Even Number?
  • Dr. Pamela E. Harris: Why is 0.99999... = 1?
  • Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez: Arithmetic & Geometric Sequences
  • Michael Dairyko: Can We Divide By Zero?
  • John Urschel: Are Some Infinities "Bigger" Than Others?

This event is an encore broadcast of the February 2021 live game show presented by the Young People's Project, which uses a near-peer mentoring model to support student achievement in math.

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Shawn Bernier

Shawn Bernier is a College STEM Literacy Worker (CMLW) at the Young People’s Project and a student at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. He is studying business and economics and minoring in computer science. His claim to fame is helping his community discover themselves socially and helping them value leadership. He began working with the Young People’s Project at the beginning... Learn more

The Young People’s Project (YPP)

The Young People’s Project (YPP) brings together middle school students and high school mentors to celebrate, encourage, and motivate mathematical learning. Our focus is around Math Literacy, Near-Peer Mentorship, and Social Justice. YPP trains high school students, and then employs them as Math Literacy Workers, to develop interactive games to improve their own math literacy... Learn more