## Local students put math to work on projects they created

### Description

Over 200 students from eight schools in Lawrence developed mathprojects for school Math Fairs this semester. The Focus on Mathematics

"Research Projects Initiative" has given many students the opportunity

to experience mathematics as a scientific discipline and to be mentored

by a team with their classroom teacher working alongside a university

mathematician.

In this article, Professor Marvin Stick and an undergrad math student

from UMass Lowell are mentoring 13 eighth-graders as they prepare their

posters for the upcoming Math Fair. Of these projects, 5 were selected

for display at the Focus on Mathematics Expo, on June 11th at the

Boston Museum of Science. Adrianny's "Quilt Geometry" remains at the

Museum as 1 of 8 posters in a one-week Special Exhibit to publicly

recognize the depth and breadth of the mathematical projects in the 5

partner school districts, which include; Arlington, Chelsea, Lawrence,

Waltham, and Watertown.