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MATHFEST 2005
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Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

Monday March 14, 2005

The MATC math club arranged a day-long celebration on Pi Day (March 14 = 3/14) called MATHFEST 2005.  The day included a special guest lecture, a mathematics competition for high school students entitled "WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPER MATHEMATICIAN?", a pie eating contest, and a poster competition for MATC students.

The mathematics competition involved ten area high school students who answered multiple choice questions about pre-calculus mathematics.  The competition was adapted from  ABC's "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?", and was back by popular demand from the previous year.

Schedule for MATHFEST 2005

(Links on the events below will take you to pictures of those events)
 

 

List of Contestants for WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPER MATHEMATICIAN

Student NameSchool NameTeacher Name
Emily Attwood Jefferson High School; Jefferson, WIJoan Fitzgerald
Bryce Lampe Madison East High School; Madison, WICynthia Chin
Alex Lang Sauk Prairie High School; Sauk City, WIMary Walz
Robert Lemke Oliver James Madison Memorial High School; Madison, WIV. Levine
Jason Malinowski Middleton High School; Middleton, WIMary Detert
Bob Martin LaFollette High School; Madison, WIShane Adams
Eric Meunier Reedsburg Area High School; Reedsburg, WIDennis Birr
Jason Thill Montello High School; Montello, WIJohn Borud
Nick Wilson Baraboo High School; Baraboo, WIChris Labeots
David Yu Madison West High School; Madison, WIStephen Lang

 

Welcome Address Pictures


Some supporters of Madison West's David Yu show off their mathematically inclined limerick placards.

Ed Clarke, Vice President of Strategic Innovations, welcomes participants to the day's events.
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Guest Lecture Pictures


Beloit College Professor Glenn Appleby begins his guest lecture.

Beloit College Professor Glenn Appleby giving his guest lecture.
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Round #1 Pictures and Summary

(In a nutshell: Robert Lemke Oliver of Madison Memorial High School answered all twelve questions correctly to win $1,024 and a copy of Mathematica.)
 

Some limerick placards from Madison West.

A close-up of a limerick placard from Madison West.

A close-up of a limerick placard from Madison West.

Contestants (From left to right)
Emily Attwood of Jefferson High School,
Bryce Lampe of Madison East High School,
Alex Lang of Sauk Prairie High School,
Robert Lemke Oliver of Madison Memorial High School,
and Jason Malinowski of Middleton High School

Contestants (From left to right)
Bob Martin of LaFollette High School,
Eric Meunier of Reedsburg Area High School,
Jason Thill of Montello High School,
Nick Wilson of Baraboo High School,
and David Yu of Madison West High School

Emily Attwood shows off one of the TI-84 Plus calculators she and the other nine contestants won for making it to the competition.

Emcee Kevin Mirus of MATC explains the game to the audience.

Robert Lemke Oliver of Madison Memorial High School listens to Kevin Mirus read one of the early questions in the round.

Robert Lemke Oliver does some thinking while Kevin Mirus records his results thus far.

Robert Lemke Oliver working on a question.

A light hearted moment in round #1.

Supporters of Robert Lemke Oliver contemplate one of his questions.

A happy Robert Lemke Oliver after winning $210.
 
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Round #2 Pictures and Summary

(In a nutshell: Alex Lang of Sauk Prairie High School answered seven questions correctly, but then answered the eighth question incorrectly, resulting in a prize of $16)
 

Alex Lang does some calculating while Kevin Mirus reads a question.

Alex Lang does some more calculating.

Alex Lang's supporters in the audience.

Beloit College Professor Glen Appleby and MATC Math Club advisor Jeganathan "Sri" Sriskandarajah watch Alex work.

The eight other contestants think about how they would answer this question.

PartTimeFaculty Coordinator Todd Stebbins, Arts and Sciences Dean Jody Thrush, and Associate Dean Marian Timmerman discuss the competition.

Alex Lang fills out some paperwork after his round is over.
 
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Round #3 Pictures and Summary

(In a nutshell: David Yu of Madison West High School answered eight questions correctly, but then answered the ninth question incorrectly, resulting in a prize of $16)
 

The eight remaining contestants write out their answers to the round #3 fastest finger question.

Supporters of David Yu, third round contestant, are happy about his "fastest finger" victory.

David Yu thinks about one of his answers.

David Yu contemplating another question.
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Round #4 Pictures and Summary

(In a nutshell: Bob Martin of LaFollette High School answered all twelve questions correctly to win $1,024.)
 

Bob Martin of LaFollette High School works out the answer to one of the questions.

Bob Martin works on one of the questions as Kevin Mirus reads on.
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Group Pictures


From left to right:
Al Lehnen, MATC instructor and competition helper,
Alex Lang of Sauk Prairie High School,
Robert Lemke Oliver of Madison Memorial high School,
David Yu Of Madison West High School,
Bob Martin of LaFollette High School,
and Kevin Mirus, MATC instructor and competition emcee.

From left to right:
Alex Lang of Sauk Prairie High School,
Robert Lemke Oliver of Madison Memorial high School,
David Yu Of Madison West High School,
and Bob Martin of LaFollette High School.

 

 

 

 
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PIe Eating Contest Pictures


MATC Math Club advisor Jeganathan Sriskandarajah listens to the pie eating contest instructions along with the contestants.

Punky Eagan of MATC's culinary program gives the pie eating contest rules to all interested parties.

Mmm... pie.

Mmm... more pie.

Culinary instructor Punky Eagan and PartTimeFaculty Coordiantor Todd Stebbins monitor the pie eating competition.

Mmm... pie.

Eating... too... much... pie...

Eating... too... much... pie...
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Poster Competition Pictures

(In a nutshell: First and second place posters won $50 and $25, respectively.  All other posters received a $15 prize.)
 

The winning poster by ??? of MATC's design program.

The runner-up poster by Kevin Christensen of the MATC design program.

A poster by Adam Carrico of Gaila Olsen's Calculus 3 class.

A poster by Scott Poole of Gaila Olsen's Intermediate Algebra class.

A poster by Travis Dollack and Nick Konopacki of Gaila Olsen's Calculus 2 class.

A poster by Julie Kosivchuk.
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Lunch Pictures


The MATC jazz ensemble entertains over the lunch hour.

$1,024 prize winner Robert Lemke Oliver and friends at lunch.

MATC instructor Pam Larsen (who also took most of the pictures for this web site) and Beloit College Professor Glenn Appleby.

MATC's Dean of Arts and Sciences Jody Thrush talks to a table of stduents.

MATC's Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Marian Timmerman talks to Matt and Rick Storhaug, who are the Treasurer and Vice President of the MATC Math Club.

Marian Timmerman, Matt Storhaug, and Rick Storhaug.

MATC Math Instructor and WWTBASM emcee Kevin Mirus.
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Promotional Brochure


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Our Sponsors

Bernard C. Turner of Texas Instruments Herbert H. Kohl Charities Inc.
Jody Thrush and Marian Timmerman of the MATC Arts & Science Division Jim Rodman of State Farm Insurance
Robert Dinndorf of the MATC Foundation Patti Kearney of MacKichan Software, Inc.
Ellen Brothers of American Girl Catherine Boucher of Wolfram Research, Inc.
Thomas Golden of First Supply Group Inc. Paul Altier of Addison-Wesley
Rajan Sheth of Mead and Hunt Inc. Steve Stembridge of McGraw-Hill
Ann Hlavin of Capitol Bank  

 

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