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Clarke To Host Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival October 12

By Clarke News  |  October 4, 2019

Clarke University and Dubuque Math Teachers’ Circle (MTC Dubuque) are hosting an inaugural K-12 grade Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival on Saturday, October 12, in the Wahlert Atrium. Stop in anytime between 3 and 5 p.m. for fun, hands-on mathematics activities. This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

This Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival ( is an event at which students play with mathematics. Twelve tables will each have a facilitator and a problem set, game, puzzle, or activity. Students play and explore individually or in groups, share insights, and make discoveries. Facilitators elicit logical processes for approaching, exploring, or solving problems. The facilitator strives to ask questions rather than provide suggestions or answers. Success is not measured by the number of problems solved nor students’ speed, but rather by how long students stick with activities and by the breadth and depth of their explorations and insights. Festival activities are designed to open doors to higher mathematics for K–12 students, doors that are not at the top of the stairs, but right at street level. Clarke University students and professors will be involved, along with community members and local school children.

The Dubuque Math Teachers’ Circle is a project for people who are passionate about teaching, mathematics, and supporting teachers of mathematics. MTC is mathematically rich and incorporates techniques that would assist in the integration of problem solving in a math teacher’s classroom. Led by people from both middle schools and postsecondary institutions, MTC provides an opportunity to engage with a mathematical community in Dubuque and the surrounding areas.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Amanda Matson said, “I am very excited to bring a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) to Dubuque. Mathematics has so much more to offer than we have time to explore in a classroom. I’ve worked with area math educators for years now through MTC Dubuque at Clarke, and we would love to see passion for mathematics come alive in our community. This JRMF is an excellent opportunity to stop in and play with other people who enjoy mathematics.”

For more information, please contact Matson at  (563) 588-6790.