Changing The Culture 2017


The annual Changing the Culture Conference, organized and sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, brings together mathematicians, mathematics educators and school teachers from all levels to work together towards narrowing the gap between mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, and between those who do and enjoy mathematics and those who think they don't.


Changing the Culture



Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017

Location: SFU-Vancouver at Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, Canada


As in past years, registration for this event is free, but you will be asked to complete this RSVP form to allow us to plan the event.



Conference Program


8:00 Registration

8:45 Opening Remarks, (Room 1900 - Fletcher Challenge Theatre)

09:00 Plenary Talk: Mathematics in the Common Core: Exploring a single problem from elementary school to graduate school  Fok-Shuen Leung, UBC (Room 1900 - Fletcher Challenge Theatre)

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Workshops A, B and C

Workshop A Coding Unplugged: Introducing Some Fundamentals of Computer Logic Susan Milner, UFV
Computer screens can get between you and many of your students, and between those students and the concepts they are meant to be learning. Come experience these well-tested, highly engaging hands-on introductory activities for students of all ages. Examples include binary code, digital pictures, sorting, and error detection. This workshop is meant for educators who have little background in computing, yet are now expected to teach coding. No computers required.

12:00 PIMS Award Ceremony, (Room 1900 - Fletcher Challenge Theatre)

12:15 Lunch 

13:00 Plenary Talk: Making Mathematics with Needle and Thread: Quilts as Mathematical Objects Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta (Room 1900 - Fletcher Challenge Theater)

14:15 Coffee Break

14:30 Panel Discussion, (Room 1900 - Fletcher Challenge Theatre)

16:00 Concluding Remarks