Remember Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? How about Who Wants to be a Mathematician? The competition, in which students compete for scholarship money, is just one of the events kicking off this April for Mathematics Awareness Month.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan inaugurated Mathematics Awareness Week to encourage a greater appreciation and understanding of math. “It is appropriate,” he stated in his opening declaration, “that all Americans be reminded of the importance of this basic branch of science to our daily lives.”
Over time, the tribute shifted from centralized national events to local, state, and regional activities. In 1999, the week-long event became Mathematics Awareness Month. The number and quality of events grow by the year, and with the increased focus on STEM education, Math Awareness Month is more significant than ever.
At Dig-It, we enthusiastically support Mathematics Awareness Month’s goal to grow an appreciation of math as a field of study, and to promote math as intriguing, exciting, and fun. If you think math is boring, baffling, or intimidating, you are exactly the kind of person Mathematics Awareness Month wants to reach. Instead of something daunting, we want math to be seen as something accessible—an irreplaceable part of people’s everyday lives and careers.
This year’s theme is “The Future of Prediction,” exploring how data and statistics help with everyday complex systems like the Internet and power grids and how data can drive innovation and insight into the future.
Mathematics Awareness Month is celebrated all over the country, but here are some events local to Dig-It’s studio for you to explore.
- The American Mathematical Society’s Who Wants to Be a Mathematician? competition comes to Washington D.C. on April 16.
- Browse plenty of math-related activities and exhibits at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, also hosted in Washington D.C. this year.
- Visit www.mathaware.org to find outreach events and activities all over the country and read essays on this year’s theme.
- Don’t forget to take a look at Dig-It’s math-based games! Our Loot Pursuit Early America game is being released this month. Check out the game trailer below.
You can keep up with what’s happening on the Mathematics Awareness Month Facebook page, follow along on Twitter, and check with local school systems and universities to celebrate math close to home. We will be featuring our math games from game developers throughout the month.
Happy math month!