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AMC-8/Middle School Math Day

The Department of Mathematical Sciences will host our Eleventh Annual AMC8 Middle School Math Day on Saturday, January 22, 2022. This year, our program will be HYBRID, so that you can participate at your comfort level. There will be a limit of 100 participants, with up to 50 in-person participants with a parent, and the remaining participants/parents virtual. Please note that is will be a computerized version of the AMC8, so emails are needed for all attendees. Those on-site will be taken to a computer lab for the AMC8 contest.

The program will begin with the AMC-8 Competition , a contest sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were encouraged to participate in the AMC-8. High scoring students will be invited to participate in the AMC 10 Contest in November 2022. We are also very excited to virtually welcome Dr. Po-Shen Loh who will give our Mathematical Talks to both our students and our parents/teachers.

In addition to a very distinguished career as a mathematician, Dr. Poh-Shen Loh has been involved in mathematical competitions since his high school days, having been a silver medalist in the 1999 Mathematical Olympiad. Currently he is the coach for the US International Math Olympiad Team, and he has led this team to victories in the years 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019. The 2015 victory was the first time the U.S. came out first in the Olympiad since 1994 (see https://www.huffpost.com/entry/math-olympiad-usa-win_n_55ac7f83e4b065dfe89ea295). His talk should be of great interest.

After lunch, our Math Day fun will continue where all students will participate in a team contest, led by our very own Dr. Tomas Schonbek. 

A tentative schedule appears below: 

Scheduled Place: Canvas and Zoom Links will be provided after registration
Time: 9:00am to 1:45pm

9:00-9:20am   Arrival of Students/Greeting
9:30-10:40am    AMC8 Contest for students /
Talk for Parents/Teachers, by Dr. Po-Shen Loh
10:45-11:30am    "When Will We Ever Use This?" A Mathematical Talk,
by Dr. Po-Shen Loh
11:30am-12:30pm    LUNCH Break
12:30-1:30pm    Math Trivia Challenge/Team Contest
1:30-1:45pm    Wrap-up/Team Prizes/Dismissal


Descriptions of our Talks for the Day:

TITLE FOR PARENT/TEACHER TALK: Roadmap to Success in School, College, and Beyond, Paved by Math

DESCRIPTION: Congratulations on your son or daughter having the courage to participate in the AMC 8! Many people rush into math competitions, without a clear idea of what to do next. The speaker has been working with some of the country's top math talent for over a decade. This will be an interactive talk in which the speaker starts by sharing a few concepts to stimulate discussion. Then, the speaker will adapt the remaining content based upon the specific interests of the audience.


It's one of the most common questions math teachers get: "when will we ever use this?" In this talk, the speaker will tell about some of his work, which spans from healthcare to social behavior. The speaker also did math competitions when he was growing up. He studied pure math throughout all of his schooling, all the way up to when he became a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University. But now his work is seen across the world outside of math, from YouTube to national newspapers. This talk will show how you can use a mathematical mind to think about the world, and do plenty of non-math things.


Po-Shen Loh is a mathematician who enjoys people. That background fuels his work as a serial innovator and social entrepreneur, where he uses math to discover fundamentally new approaches to address major societal issues. Formally, he is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, the founder of Expii, Inc., and the national coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team. The general public knows him as a YouTuber with over 10 million views, or the discoverer of an entirely new method of fighting pandemics powered by self-interest, or for quadratic equations. For some time, his expii.com website has defined "Scientific Fact" for everyone in America who Googled for it. Recently, he made it possible for anyone to turn Zoom chat into an Instagram Live style experience, and will use that system to make this talk more engaging. And, his latest innovation brings the engagement of Instagram Live and Twitch into live-streamed math classes for middle school students.

For further information on registration or questions, please contact:

Ms. Emily Ann Cimillo 
Phone: 561-297-3342
Email: amcfauboca@fau.edu

Updated 1/19/2022