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Research Symposium: May 1, 2014

posted Apr 20, 2014, 4:19 PM by Brad Kohl

2014 Math Research Symposium
May 1, 2014, 5:30 PM
Upper School 3rd Floor Math Commons

Math Research in the Nation's Capital

posted Apr 20, 2014, 4:12 PM by Brad Kohl   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 2:25 PM ]

Math Research was proud to be invited to participate in the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being in the city during the famous cherry blossom season, students Parker Montgomery, Amanda Zeidner, and Christopher Walker presented a 90-minute workshop on the math research program.  During the Service-Learning Showcase, they shared their individual projects in a more informal way.  Christopher Walker has been invited to co-write a State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant with his research client, El Sistema Minnesota (ACME).  Parker Montgomery and Maya Maddaus' Spectrum of Service has reached new audiences and organizations, and Amanda Zeidner's My Name is Not "Those People" event served as an inspirational model for visitors from Australia.  Other opportunities are in the works as well.  Congratulations!


Math Research Escapes the Cold at the Creating Balance Conference in Los Angeles

posted Apr 1, 2014, 5:09 PM by Brad Kohl   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 5:10 PM ]


Emily, Lesile and Amanda with the conference organizers/new friends.

Researchers Emily Colwell, Leslie Hayes, and Amanda Zeidner braved 90° temperatures in Los Angeles over the MLK Holiday Weekend in January 2014 to present at the Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on Math and Social Justice.  In addition to their well-attended workshop, the students created allies from around the US by attending workshops, school site visits, and social events.  Many of the workshop themes related directly to their projects and everyone found it exciting to collaborate with others working toward similar goals.  We even had a couple hours on Sunday afternoon to explore the cultural phenomenon known as Venice Beach.


Walker and Kohl co-present at IARSCLE in Omaha, November 7-8, 2013

posted Apr 1, 2014, 4:48 PM by Brad Kohl

What is IARSLCE besides an unpronouncable acronym?  It's a conference where researchers from around the world get together to share their work.  This conference is primarily for university faculty and graduate students to present scholarly work, so it was a particular honor to be the only high school invited to present and one of the few non-university presenters.  

Student Researcher Christopher Walker and program leader Brad Kohl led a workshop on the math research program.  It was an interesting opportunity and some of our students' ideas are being implemented as far away as South Africa!  We also had an opportunity to meet with other researchers to share ideas.  Because of the quality of his research and his ability to share his ideas, Christopher was often mistaken for a graduate student.  Imagine people's surprise when they found out he was a junior in high school!

Math Research at WE Day 2013!

posted Apr 1, 2014, 4:43 PM by Brad Kohl   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 4:44 PM ]

Math research was well-represented at Minnesota's first WE Day ( on October 8, 2013. 

Speakers and performers included Martin Luther King III, Queen Noor of Jordan, Mia Farrow, Barbara Pierce Bush, Carly Rae Jepsen, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers in their final performance before the break-up.  Local celebrities included Governor Mark Dayton, #13 Jack Jablonski, and Breck alumna Hutton Phillips who was instrumental in bringing WE Day to the US.

Not satisfied to just be in the audience, though you can see Mr Kohl in his pink suit front and center in the picture, math research students were there for another special reason.  Researcher Eileen Bayer's project focused on the General Mills Yoplait division's efforts at promoting breast cancer awareness in their sponsorship of WE Day.  Several of the math research students helped her organize moms that were special guests of Yoplait at WE Day as well as help her collect data on the event.  Even Mr Kohl got into the spirit with his pink suit for breast cancer and his math research T-shirt.

Math Research Has a New Home!

posted Mar 30, 2014, 12:21 AM by Brad Kohl

After spending a year in temporary classrooms in the fieldhouse, the NEW Breck Upper School opened just in time for the 2013-2014 school year.  We're all excited about the new collaborative space for Math Research in the third floor math common area. The area overlooks the first and second floors as well as offering a panoramic view of the campus.

Thanks to everyone who made this a reality!

2013 Colloquium on P-12 STEM Education at the University of Minnesota

posted Mar 30, 2014, 12:00 AM by Brad Kohl   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 4:54 PM ]


Your abstract has been accepted to be presented at the 2013 Colloquium on P-12 STEM Education. Attached is the full list of sessions sorted by day and time. We have done our best to accommodate every request possible. All rooms will have projectors available for use. Please see the list for your presentation day, time, and room assignment.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us any time.

Thank you,

STEM Education Center

University of Minnesota

It was exciting news, to be asked to present at conference dedicated to STEM education.  Math Research alums Nicholas Thyr and Daniel Bergerson were joined by newcomer Christopher Walker on an August day to present at the 2013 Colloquium on P-12 STEM Education at the University of Minnesota on August 5-6, 2013.  Participants found the session inspiring and informative.  

It also marked the debut of the math research Venn diagram, the result of student discussions arising from having presented at STEM conferences, service-learning conferences, and social justice conferences, and the unique challenges and opportunities offered by each.

Did you know:  The acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) came from the National Science Foundation.  In their internal conversations they were referring to the new initiative as SMET, but realizing the public would misinterpret it, they changed it to STEM.  Should have been METS if you ask me!

Math Research Alums Give Workshop at July Free Minds - Free People Conference

posted Mar 29, 2014, 11:41 PM by Brad Kohl   [ updated Apr 2, 2014, 9:20 AM ]

Free Minds - Free People was an activist social justice conference in Chicago from July 11-14, 2013.  Daniel Bergerson '13, Patrick Curoe '13, and Gaia Ramsdell '12 all stepped out of their comfort zone to present to a culturally diverse audience, learning firsthand that credibility isn't assumed, it's earned.  Not everyone agreed with them or their work.  In spite of some challenging discussions, they rose to the occasion with professionalism and gained a new respect for the nuances of social justice.  In the end, everyone learned, grew, and made new allies.  

As alumni, these young adults are now colleagues rather than students, and working with them as such was an inspiring experience.  As their mentor, I couldn't have hoped for a better experience.  As their colleague, I continue to learn and grow from them.  -BK

UPDATE:  April 2, 2014
Math Research is featured in the Free Minds - Free People conference video!
Patrick Curoe is interviewed from 3:09 - 3:29.

Researchers Nicholas Thyr and Eden Motto are Breck Valedictorians

posted Mar 29, 2014, 10:56 PM by Brad Kohl

Congratulations to valedictorians Nicholas Thyr and Eden Motto, both members of the Advanced Mathematics Research program, on their hard work an inspiration.  Salutatorian Daniel Bergerson was Eden's partner on Assessing the Power of Music.

A special kudos to Nick for running his first full marathon the day of Baccalaureate and still making it to the ceremony on his own two feet.

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