Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute Challenges Students to Create Short Movies to Show Life, to the Power of Math

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The Dartmouth College Math Department and Neukom Institute for Computational Science are sponsoring a movie competition for high school students. Registration is now open. Winners will receive up to $4000 for 4-minute movies illustrating the presence of mathematics in the world around us.

Math-O-Vision Contest
When you open your math eye, what do you see? Tell us a story about the way math fills our world.

From November 26, 2012 through March 31, 2013, an exciting Math-O-Vision contest is available for U.S. high school students to create and submit original 4-minute movies illustrating how to see the world through mathematical eyes. The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth College Math Department are challenging high school students to use their “Math-O-Vision” to create movie shorts exploring the world of equations that surrounds us.

Entries may come from individuals or from groups. Each original movie should be a story inspired by mathematics. Dartmouth’s Harrison Whitecloud explains, “We want students to explore ideas such as visualizing emotions mathematically, or the nexus of math and our eco-system.”

The contest organizers want students to consider things such as the connection between the wind riffling through trees or creating ripples across water, or the beauty of math and music. Whitecloud encourages entrants to look beyond traditional math topics in creating a movie: “When you open your math eye, what do you see? Tell us a story about the way math fills our world.”

Contestants may choose to delve into themes such as Fibonacci series, or whether we reside in a world of shapes or a world of patterns. Others might create movies showing creative explanations of mathematical ideas or creative explorations of how math appears in the world in technology, nature, or the arts. The aim is explore the patterns and abstractions that are a part of our world, and the world of equations that surrounds us.

The team behind Math-O-Vision hopes high-school educators and math teachers will help their students get involved. The contest presents a unique opportunity for high school math students to expand their view of mathematics in the universe and present what they learn in a creative way. High school math students can compete either individually or in groups, making the math competition a great classroom assignment or class project.

In 240 seconds, students may use animation, storytelling, humor, and more to show life, to the power of math. Although the topic is about math, this competition is not just for mathematicians. Winning entries must creatively demonstrate their ideas, and communicate that creative and mind-expanding view to the world in an engaging and visual manner. According to Dartmouth’s Whitecloud, “Our goal is to bring Math-O-Vision to life!”

Entries will be exhibited on Math-O-Vision.com and the Math-O-Vision Facebook page, where Math-O-Vision members will vote for the movie they believe shows the most creative, engaging and well-made explanation of mathematics in the world around us. Every two weeks a public choice winner will be chosen as a featured movie. Math-O-Vision administrators will select the top 10 finalists, who will be submitted for a second public voting period. Math-O-Vision administrators will select the winners taking into account originality and creativity, relevance to mathematics, and public voting totals from the second voting period.

Prizes for the competition are:

  • First Prize: $4,000
  • Second Prize: $2,000
  • Third Prize: $1,000

Students may submit videos from November 27, 2012 through March 13, 2013. To enter, visit Math-O-Vision.com or http://www.facebook.com/mathovision.

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Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science’s primary goal is to enable the integration of computational technology into curriculum, scholarship and most critically, into thinking. The Neukom Institute supports the development of new technologies to change the way we think and work and seeks to catalyze creative thought throughout the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Business disciplines. Visit their website at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~neukom/.

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