Gateway to Exploring Mathematical Sciences: CURRENT YEAR: 2017-2018 (Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2, 2017)

What is GEMS?

The Gateway to Exploring Mathematical Sciences program (GEMS) is a once monthly, Saturday morning workshop designed to get young students excited about math and science.  GEMS is designed to reach eighth, ninth and tenth grade students who may have an interest in mathematics or science. The workshops present mathematics and science applications in an exciting way that catches young students’ interest from the surrounding areas. Professors, undergraduates and graduate students from each of the six colleges in the Claremont Consortium take part in the GEMS program, thus offering the incoming students, their parents, and teachers a chance to meet and work with the large variety of excellent and award winning faculty, staff, students and alumni at the Claremont Colleges. The GEMS program helps excite the interests and curiosity of young students and shows them how amazing and satisfying the mathematical sciences can be.

*Participants limited to 80 and pre-registration is required. Links attached below by the workshop descriptions*

 ******** PARTICIPANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER********

Program Format : The Saturday morning workshops begin at 10:00 and go through to 12:00 noon. They typically begin with a forty-five minute presentation by a professor, then a break with a snack, followed by a forty-five minute breakout session, in which students in small groups conduct their own hands-on personal exploration. Each breakout group consists of approximately six to eight students and is assisted by the colleges' undergraduate and graduate students. The breakout sessions are followed by group presentations, posters, explanations, and discussion.

 GEMS is grateful to the following sponsors:

 

Claremont Graduate University’s Blais Foundation Challenge Award and Research Initiatives

Parking: Participants can park for free on any of the surrounding streets. In addition there is a parking lot adjacent, on the N side of 11th St.

 

Transportation for the young students is provided by the respective school districts (bus, van, carpooling by parents, teachers, etc) or personal transportation and the site for the 2017 GEMS program is in the Drucker Building on Claremont Graduate University's campus (see directions above).  Registration is open and free of charge to all students in the eighth, ninth and tenth grades. Because each session is independent from the other sessions, a student may choose to participate in one workshop, or all of the workshops. However once a student has experienced one session, it is unlikely he or she will want to miss a single one.

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2017-2018 Year

 

Fall 2017 Dates

October 7 at 10 AM
 

MUST PREREGISTER HERE

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gems-october-tickets-38083253035)

 
Speaker: Professor Weiqing Gu, Harvey Mudd College

Topic: Mobius Bands
 
Abstract: In this presentation, you will learn a lot of important advanced mathematical concepts, theories, and applications just by visualizing the intuitive geometry behind them without deep theoretical definitions.  We have also designed some hands-on expedients for getting your hands dirty to learn some advanced mathematics concept.  You will also see many many examples demonstrating why geometry is fun, powerful, and useful.
 

Location: Burkle 16, Claremont Graduate University. The address is1021 N Dartmouth Avenue Claremont CA 91711. The Drucker building (CGU School of Management, also called Burkle) is bounded on the North by 11th St, (now called Drucker for one block). It is bounded on the South by 10th St, on the East by Dartmouth Ave, and on the West by College Ave . The room is located below street level and is best accessed from the outside, say from walkways close to the SE corner. Map is at http://cgu.edu/pages/1418.asp

 

 November 4 at 10 AM

 PRE-REGISTER HERE:

www.eventbrite.com/e/gems-november-tickets-39023593619 

 

Speaker: Professor Lenny Fukshansky, Claremont McKenna College

Topic: A difference in numbers
 Abstract: We use different kinds of numbers daily -- whole numbers, fractions, irrationals. What are the properties that distinguish them? What unifies them? In which ways can numbers be represented? These are classical questions that mathematicians thought about for centuries. In this lecture, we will revisit some of the origins of the theory of numbers, and also touch upon its application to astronomy, dating back to medieval Europe and even Ancient Greece.
 
Location: Burkle 16, Claremont Graduate University. The address is1021 N Dartmouth Avenue Claremont CA 91711. The Drucker building (CGU School of Management, also called Burkle) is bounded on the North by 11th St, (now called Drucker for one block). It is bounded on the South by 10th St, on the East by Dartmouth Ave, and on the West by College Ave . The room is located below street level and is best accessed from the outside, say from walkways close to the SE corner. Map is at http://cgu.edu/pages/1418.asp
 
 
December 9 at 10 AM
 

 

PRE-REGISTER HERE:

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gems-december-tickets-39631657354


Speaker: Professor Adolfo Rumbos, Pomona College
 
Topic: Why Are Soap Bubbles Round?

Abstract: Have you wondered why soap bubbles are round, or spherical?  Why aren’t they ovals, or in the shape of a cube?  In this workshop we’ll be learning about properties of soap films; these are the films that span a wire frame after it is dipped into a soapy solution.  Physical and chemical reasoning involving properties of soap molecules and surface tension implies that surface area of the film must be the smallest possible.  For this reasoning, the mathematical models for soap films are called minimal surfaces.  We will be looking at area minimization problems in space and length minimization problems in the plane.  Bring your calculators; we’ll also be doing some computations.
 
Location: Burkle 16, Claremont Graduate University. The address is1021 N Dartmouth Avenue Claremont CA 91711. The Drucker building (CGU School of Management, also called Burkle) is bounded on the North by 11th St, (now called Drucker for one block). It is bounded on the South by 10th St, on the East by Dartmouth Ave, and on the West by College Ave . The room is located below street level and is best accessed from the outside, say from walkways close to the SE corner. Map is at http://cgu.edu/pages/1418.asp
 
 

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Speaker:  Shanda Nelson Topic: Symmetry 

Speaker: Shahriar Shariari   Topic:  Can you make a soccer ball using only 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons? How about with 13 pentagons and 12 hexagons? 

Speaker: Blake Hunter   Topic: Matheematics of Tessellations 

And many more since 2008...

 

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