High school students participate in math academy at Northwestern

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High school students participate in math academy at Northwestern

June 4, 2009

 2009 NWOSU Math Academy
High school students and Northwestern Oklahoma State University faculty from the mathematics summer academy include (Front row, L to R) Dena Walker, instructor of mathematics; Shauna Guyle, Hazelton, Kan.; Shelby Nottingham , Rush Springs; Serena Kilian, Medford; Matthew Chuning, Barnsdall; Ryan Sutton, Oxford, Kan.; Dr. Timothy Maharry , associate professor of mathematics. (Back row) Kelli Krows, student assistant, Seiling senior; Brandon Huddleston, Harper, Kan.; Anthony Williams, Murdock, Kan.; Jacquelynn Miller, Oxford, Kan.; Kyle Karinshak, Lawton; Scott Cline, student assistant, Covington senior; Macolm Diveley, Ponca City; and Dr. Sheila Brintnall, associate professor of mathematics. Billy Stewart, professor emeritus of mathematics, was unavailable for the photo.
Ten high school students were on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus at the end of May for a summer academy titled “Mathematics Technology: An Applications Paradigm.” The academy is sponsored by a grant from ConocoPhillips.

The academy featured hands-on use of Texas Instruments graphical calculators and mathematical computer packages such as Derive and Mathematica.

In addition to laboratory work, the students visited businesses and facilities such as the Cargill Salt Plant near Freedom, Vance Air Force Base in Enid, a wind farm north of Woodward and ConocoPhillips in Ponca City, and to the Great Salt Plains State Park to discover how industry applies mathematical concepts. At Vance AFB, the students were allowed to operate flight simulators.

Leisure/fun activities included swimming, bowling, pizza party, cookout and visit to Alabaster Caverns State Park.

Dr. Tim Maharry, chair of the mathematics and computer science department, was the director of the academy. He was assisted by Dr. Sheila Brintnall, associate professor of mathematics; Billy Stewart, professor emeritus of mathematics; Dena Walker, instructor of mathematics; Scott Cline of Covington, a May graduate majoring in mathematics education, and Kelli Krows, Seiling senior, majoring in mathematics education.

Students participating included Shauna Guyle from South Barber High School; Shelby Nottingham, Rush Springs High School; Serena Kilian, Medford High School; Matthew Chuning, Barnsdall High School; Ryan Sutton and Jacquelynn Miller, Oxford High School; Brandon Huddleston, Chaparrall High School; Anthony Williams, Kingman High School; Kyle Karinshak, Lawton Academy; and Macolm Diveley, Ponca City High School.