Davidson faculty and students participate in several activities to encourage mathematics interest and talent in regional schools, from elementary to high school.
Annual Saturday Programs at Davidson
The MOSAICS program is an afternoon on Davidson's campus devoted to math and science activities for elementary school students in grades 3 through 5. The March Mathness program is a Saturday where professors lead high school and middle school students in exploring mathematical ideas and activities.
Charlotte Mathematics Club
Professor Stephen Davis is a coordinator for the Charlotte Mathematics Club which works with middle and high school students who have high levels of interest and talent in mathematics. The club meets once a month to provide opportunities, including competitions, for mathematical enrichment and service, as opposed to remediation. Professor Carl Yerger also helps lead many of the activities. The students come from public, independent, parochial, and home schools and live in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
Charlotte Teachers Institute
Through this Institute, professors Molinek and Chartier have given extensive seminars on topics in mathematics that enrich the experience and instruction of area high-school teachers.
Museum of Math
Professor Chartier is Chair of the Advisory Council for this New York City museum with exhibits that travel around the country.
High School Speakers Program
Occasionally, a Davidson faculty member will speak to a local high school class, math club, or larger group about some intriguing topic in mathematics. Contact Dr. Chartier or Molinek for more information.
Tim Chartier, a professor of Mathematics at Davidson and a professionally-trained mime, developed the presentation "Mime-matics" that explores math through the art of mime and introduces mathematical concepts such as patterns, division, and infinity. Workshops, led by Davidson College undergraduates often accompany the presentation and are led in classrooms (in schools) or at booths or exhibits (in museums or libraries).
Near the beginning of every semester, the department gathers a list of Davidson mathematics students who are interested in employment as tutors for high school (and college) students. Contact our assistant Vanessa Victor for a copy of the list. The department does not subsidize or endorse the tutors, but just provides this service to facilitate connections.
Lower and middle school visits by mentored college students
Occasionally, a Davidson student or group of students will be mentored by a Davidson faculty member to present some activity or lesson in an area elementary or middle school. For examples: in 2011-12, Chartier organized a new math performance group called Main Street Math that visited four 3rd grade classes, Community School of Davidson, October 2011 with Brandon Smalls '11, Lori Pitts '11 and Derek Marsh '13; in 2010-11, Ausin Totty '12 taught a 5th grade class on A pattern of Fibs, a lesson on the Fibonacci numbers. Beth Peters '11 worked on developing a middle school curriculum on Graph Theory.
Participation in Broader Mathematics Education Organizations
Professors Bivens, Davis and Klein are involved in activities of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Bivens and Klein coauthored the State Mathematics Contest throughout the decade 1991 – 2000 and have resumed writing the State Comprehensive Finals.
Professors Davis, Klein, and occasionally others, have been important leaders in the College Board Advanced Placement Program for Calculus. They have been leaders in AP Calculus reading (grading) and on the AP Calculus Development Committee.
Many faculty members contribute to mathematics exposition relevant to teachers of advanced high school mathematics.