##### Organizing Committee

- Katharine Ott
*Bates University* - Jenna Sousa
*ICERM*

##### Abstract

GirlsGetMath is a weeklong mathematics summer day-program for 9th and 10th grade high school girls in the Providence, RI area.

GirlsGetMath occurs in an encouraging environment that builds young women's confidence in math and science.

GirlsGetMath expands participants' understanding and knowledge of mathematics through computations and experimentations.

GirlsGetMath provides expert mathematical training and mentoring.

GirlsGetMath will become a replicable national model of mathematical outreach for high school girls, with an emphasis on mathematical experimentation.

This five-day non-residential mathematics program is open to high school girls from the greater Providence, RI area who will have just completed either grade 9 or grade 10 by July 2015.

GirlsGetMath@ICERM will encourage 20 young women to explore, and invite them to excel in, the mathematical sciences. Accomplished professional women, enthusiastic about serving as career models as well as scientific mentors, will lead the program. Potential topics include: cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals.

The goals of the program are:

- to show high school women that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful, and useful
- to build confidence in students' mathematical knowledge through engaging and expert mathematical instruction
- to introduce high school students to a variety of career opportunities in which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role
- to emphasize the strategic role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers
- to provide the participants with a support group and expert mentors who are successful undergraduate, graduate students, postdocs, and professionals from the STEM workforce
- to have a positive influence on the way students view their mathematical interest and ability.

*The GirlsGetMath@ICERM program is made possible solely through grants and donations. The 2015 program was co-sponsored by a grant from the Phoebe Snow Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)*

#### Program Details

Starting August 1, 2020, watch this space for links to a small selection of modules related to the GirlsGetMath curriculum, consisting of videos and downloadable activities. These will be available for the entire month of August, and will offer a glimpse into several of the fun topics generally presented during the program.

#### GirlsGetMath Schedule

##### Monday, August 17, 2015

Time | Event | Location | Materials |
---|---|---|---|

9:00 - 10:00am EDT | Cipher Scavenger Hunt | 121 South Main St\, 11th Floor | |

9:00 - 10:00am EDT | Cipher Scavenger Hunt | 121 South Main St, 11th Floor | |

10:00 - 10:10am EDT | Break | ||

10:10 - 11:00am EDT | Fractals | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

11:00 - 11:10am EDT | Break | ||

11:10 - 12:00pm EDT | Fibonacci numbers | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

11:10 - 12:00pm EDT | Fibonacci numbers | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

12:00 - 1:00pm EDT | Lunch | 11th Floor Collaborative Space | |

1:00 - 1:50pm EDT | Modular arithmetic | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

1:50 - 2:00pm EDT | Break | ||

2:00 - 3:30pm EDT | GirlsGetMATLAB, an introduction to MATLAB | 11th Floor Lecture Hall |

##### Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Time | Event | Location | Materials |
---|---|---|---|

9:00 - 10:00am EDT | The game SET | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

10:00 - 10:10am EDT | Break | ||

10:10 - 11:00am EDT | Probability and counting | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

11:00 - 11:10am EDT | Break | ||

11:10 - 12:00pm EDT | Introduction to Markov chains | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

12:00 - 1:00pm EDT | Lunch | 11th Floor Collaborative Space | |

1:00 - 1:50pm EDT | Long run predictions and steady states | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

1:50 - 2:00pm EDT | Break | ||

2:00 - 2:45pm EDT | MATLAB - Matrix Algebra | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

2:45 - 3:30pm EDT | MATLAB - Markov chains predictions | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

2:45 - 3:30pm EDT | MATLAB - Markov chains predictions | 11th Floor Lecture Hall |

##### Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time | Event | Location | Materials |
---|---|---|---|

9:00 - 10:00am EDT | Fractal cuts | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

10:00 - 10:10am EDT | Break | ||

10:00 - 10:10am EDT | Break | ||

10:10 - 11:00am EDT | Transforming images with matrix arithmetic | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

11:00 - 1:00pm EDT | Tour of Brown University and lunch at the "V-Dub" | ||

1:00 - 1:50pm EDT | Image filters and effects | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

1:50 - 2:00pm EDT | Break | ||

2:00 - 2:45pm EDT | MATLAB - Image transformations | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

2:45 - 3:30pm EDT | MATLAB - Obama me! and other image effects | 11th Floor Lecture Hall |

##### Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time | Event | Location | Materials |
---|---|---|---|

9:00 - 10:00am EDT | Logic puzzles | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

10:00 - 10:10am EDT | Break | ||

10:10 - 11:00am EDT | Fair division | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

11:00 - 11:10am EDT | Break | ||

11:10 - 12:00pm EDT | Apportionment I | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

12:00 - 1:00pm EDT | Lunch and College Planning | 11th Floor Collaborative Space | |

1:00 - 1:50pm EDT | Apportionment II | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

1:50 - 2:00pm EDT | Break | ||

2:00 - 2:45pm EDT | MATLAB - Apportionment | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

2:45 - 3:30pm EDT | MATLAB - Modular arithmetic | 11th Floor Lecture Hall |

##### Friday, August 21, 2015

Time | Event | Location | Materials |
---|---|---|---|

9:00 - 10:00am EDT | Thomas Jefferson's wheel cipher | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

10:00 - 10:10am EDT | Break | ||

10:10 - 11:00am EDT | Elementary cryptography | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

11:00 - 11:10am EDT | Break | ||

11:10 - 12:00pm EDT | A brief prime-er | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

12:00 - 1:00pm EDT | Lunch | 11th Floor Collaborative Space | |

1:00 - 1:50pm EDT | Public key cryptography | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

1:50 - 2:00pm EDT | Break | ||

2:00 - 2:45pm EDT | MATLAB - Multiplication, Caesar, and affine ciphers | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

2:45 - 3:30pm EDT | MATLAB - Exponentiation ciphers and public key exchanges | 11th Floor Lecture Hall | |

3:30 - 4:30pm EDT | Awards Ceremony | 11th Floor Lecture Hall |

#### 2015 Participating Institutions

- Attleboro High School
- Blackstone Academy Charter School
- Classical High School
- Cranston High School East
- East Greenwich High School
- Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts
- Moses Brown School
- Paul Cuffee High School
- Rhode Island Nurse Institute Middle College
- Rocky Hill School
- Rogers High School
- South Kingstown High School
- The Greene School
- Warwick Veterans Memorial High School
- West Warwick High School

#### Purpose of Program

Despite the fact that jobs in STEM are multiplying and pay better than other careers, women remain woefully underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. Some of this imbalance may be traced back to attitudes about mathematics and sciences in middle school and high school. There is a documented decline in girlsâ€™ positive feels about mathematics beginning in middle school, and from this point forward girls are far less likely than their male peers to choose elective courses in mathematics and the sciences^{[1][2]}. The absence of girls in mathematics and science elective courses is especially severe among low-income and disadvantaged students. Research has shown that school-aged girls may not realize that their preferred career choice requires coursework in mathematics and sciences^{[3]}, so these decisions can have long lasting consequences.

GirlsGetMath@ICERM aims to build knowledge and confidence in mathematics ability early in education, ultimately shaping the way the students view themselves and their mathematical interests and potential. The program will:

- Demonstrate through hands-on activities, games, and computer simulations that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful and useful;
- Introduce the high school participants to a variety of career opportunities for which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role, with an emphasis on the central role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers; and
- Provide the participants with a support group of like-minded peers and mentors.
- An outstanding feature of the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program is its commitment to quality. The program content is created by Ph.D. mathematicians who collectively have many years of experience as researchers and educators. The content is chosen to be at the appropriate level for the participants, but at the same time challenging, useful, and engaging to high school students. The Faculty Organizers of GirlsGetMath are college and university faculty in mathematics with experience leading summer mathematics programs for students. The Teaching Assistants are undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics and computer science.

References:

[1] J. Blue and D. Gann, When do girls lose interest in math and science?, Science Scope, (2008).

[2] J. Wilkins and X. Ma, Modeling change in students attitude toward and beliefs about mathematics, Journal of Educational Research, (2007).

[3] L. Pettitt, Middle School Studentsâ€™ Perception of Math and Science Abilities and Related Careers, 61st Biennial Meeting of Research in Child Development, (1995).