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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 3, 2017

Math department sponsoring Global Math Week activities

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Northwest Missouri State University is hosting a week of activities and contests to commemorate Global Math Week.

All are invited to visit the second floor study lounge in the Garrett-Strong Science Building between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday to solve a variety of puzzles and games. All who participate may enter a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card.

The celebration will culminate with “Exploding Dots,” an interactive presentation by Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Dr. Christine Benson in Garrett-Strong Room 1850 from 12:50 to 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Drawings for prizes will take place about 1:40 p.m., immediately after the presentation.

“People often think of math as just arithmetic and algebra, all of which you must do fast in order to be considered good at it,” Benson said. “Global Math Week offers the view mathematicians see. The activities are puzzles, and ‘Exploding Dots’ is an engaging presentation for anyone regardless of math experience. We want to bring a sense of joy, wonder, mystery, humanness, intrigue, delight and meaning to mathematics.”

Details about other activities throughout the week are provided below. All activities begin in the second floor study lounge at Garrett-Strong.

The Global Math Project invites students, teachers and communities to think creatively, explore patterns, explain structure and solve real problems in an effort to share a unifying, joyful experience with mathematics. The project is hosted by the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mathematics research and education through collaborative problem solving. For more information about Global Math Week, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468