Math club at Lycoming College invites middle school students for superheroes in space adventure

Members of Lycoming College’s math club invite 7th and 8th grade students interested in math to join them for a fun-filled day at Lycoming College on Feb. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Registration for the free “Superheroes in Space” event ends Jan. 29 with a limited number of openings remaining.

Lycoming math students have once again planned an exciting day of activities, along with lunch, to share real-world applications of math and foster an interest in higher levels of mathematics. This year, the math club has teamed up with the college’s physics club to showcase the upgraded Detwiler planetarium at the new Lynn Science Center. Activities include applications of probability, systems of equations, the Cartesian plane, and other topics relating to Pennsylvania 8th grade mathematics standards, all in the fun and whimsical context of superheroes in outer space.

“We want to show students that applying math concepts doesn’t keep you seated at a desk doing monotonous calculations,” said Chris Reed, a mathematics professor at Lycoming College and faculty advisor for the club, called the Association of Mathematically Interested Students. “We show them the incredible results of the math that lands people on the moon, enables objects to navigate in the vastness of space, and helps astronomers solve the many mysteries of planets light years away from Earth.”

The program is open to the public; homeschooled children are welcome to attend. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by emailing the number of students and adults who will be attending to Coral Chiaretti, mathematics major and president of the math club, at mailto:chicora@lycoming.edu. You will be sent details about the event upon registering. Questions can be directed to Professor Reed at mailto:reed@lycoming.edu.

Useful Resources