On why hes designed these walks around the country: People see mathematics as something that is abstractthat only happens during math class and isnt connected to the rest of the world. see pageAnd so, what we and our partners in doing walkSTEM want to accomplish is to show how mathematics actually threads through all the things we see around us in everyday life. On how math is behind the plant life in the Dallas Arts District : These organisms [ornamental grasses] evolved to maximum their chances of reproducing and passing on their genes and so you can see that in something as simple as the arrangement of the seed pods around the central stalk of the grass. It wants to be able to distribute its seeds in as many different directions as possible and you see how thats evolved to a certain geometric arrangement of the seeds around the stalk. On what inspired him to do these walks: I think at the root, we have a cultural problem with mathematics in this country because its seen as disconnected. Its dismissed as unimportant, irrelevant, scary, too difficult to bother with. And thats setting us back. We dont have enough people who get excited about the field, who go into it and help us develop the new ideas and techniques were going to need to push our technology forward. On the problem with how math is taught: Math teachers do a great job. They have a tall hurdle to get overwe dont have the same support at home that we do with reading. We get the message all the time: read to your children, talk to them, describe the world they see around you. We need similar messages with mathematics. On the end goal for walkSTEM : For people to even if they dont feel like theyre a math person, even if theyre not going to be a mathematician to able to understand how mathematics is connected to the world around us and to get a chance to appreciate the beauty and the achievement of mathematics.
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