CNAS Math Day engages more than 100 teens

CNAS Math Day engages more than 100 teens

CNAS Math Day engages more than 100 teens

A team of students pause for a photo during Math Day on Nov. 19, 2022, at the University of Guam.
Shangrong Jiang collaborates with teammate Caleb Kim during Math Day on Nov. 19, 2022, at the University of Guam. 
Visiting speaker Michael Dorff, a Brigham Young University (Utah) professor and former president of the Mathematical Association of America, engages teens about the application of mathematics in movies.

More than 100 people came out for the 12th annual Math Day hosted by the University of Guam Division of Mathematics & Computer Science on Nov. 19, including five middle and high schools that competed in the Math Quiz Competition. 

Following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Math Day was able to resume this year, with Associate Professor Hideo Nagahashi taking the lead to plan the event. The event is meant to inspire an appreciation for math in the community and ignite a passion in local students for math as a potential career path, according to Leslie Aquino, chair of the UOG Division of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The participants this year heard from visiting mathematician Michael Dorff, a professor from Brigham Young University (Utah) and former president of the Mathematical Association of America, who works to promote math to the general public, industrial careers in the mathematical sciences, and undergraduate research.

Dorff's lecture, titled “Math, Movies, and Bubbles," gave insight into how math was used to create realistic looking snow in “Frozen” and to make an animated character move faster in “The Incredibles.”

In the second part of his talk, Dorff provided a hands-on demonstration of how that concept is connected to creating soap bubbles.

“I liked how he presented rough concepts and magical mathematical phenomenons. He explained and demonstrated mathematics in a very comprehensive way,” said Jake Tae, a student at St. John's School, in coverage of the event by the Pacific Daily News

In addition to St. John's School, the other teams who competed were George Washington High School, Harvest Christian Academy, Okkodo High School, and John F. Kennedy High School. 

Math Quiz Competition Winners: 

Calculus Division
  • 1st Place: Edward Ju and Jake Tae (St. John's School)
  • 2nd Place Tie:
    • Kelvin Lee and Luke Jang (St. John's School)
    • Kangsan Yoon and Charles Wei (Harvest Christian Academy)
    • Lulu Shao and Taiyo Tagami (St. John's School)
Pre-Calculus Division
  • 1st Place Tie:
    • Caleb Kim and Shangrong Jian (Harvest Christian Academy)
    • Dylan Chong and Allan Zeng (St. John's School)
  • 2nd Place: Kathleen David and Joruss Bautista (George Washington High School)
Basic Algebra Division
  • 1st Place, Round 1: Sujin Oh and Kailee Wong (St. John's School)
  • 1st Place, Round 2: Noah Kim and Christian Shinohara (Harvest Christian Academy)
  • 2nd Place, Round 1: Jayon Lee and Justin Lee (Harvest Christian Academy)
  • 2nd Place Tie, Round 2: 
    • Shiyori Shibahata and Chloe You (Harvest Christian Academy)
    • Kristian Austria and Myka Janelle Imbat (Okkodo High School)