Explore Mathematics During a Virtual Walk Through SMU With talkSTEM’s New Video Series

As part of a new partnership, talkSTEM and SMU have launched an initiative that aims to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math.

In an effort to expand awareness on the importance of studying science, technology, engineering, and math, talkSTEM has partnered with Southern Methodist University in a new initiative for students.

talkSTEM is a Dallas-based nonprofit that aims to broaden participation in STEM. The organization’s walkSTEM program, which is part of the new partnership with SMU, features a collection of videos on YouTube that explore “where real world mathematics and classrooms connect.”

As part of the program, viewers will have the opportunity to experience virtual walks through the university’s campus, while also learning about the various topics in mathematics that are available. 

The partnership officially launched during the Science in the City event at SMU on April 13.

“We believe that math is everywhere,” talkSTEM Founder and CEO Koshi Dhingra, EdD, said in a statement. “Working with SMU on producing these videos is an exciting way for us to illustrate this point.”

The instructional videos—created by Dr. Glen Whitney, walkSTEM adviser and founder of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York—address a wide range of subjects on SMU’s campus. Whether it’s estimating the capacity of Ford Stadium, determining the right setting for a sun dial at the Dallas Hall Sun Dial, or analyzing the symmetry of a building at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, the videos all represent the new walkSTEM@SMU experience.

“The potential for these videos is immense: from sharing the mathematical, architectural, natural, and other beauty on the SMU campus with students and community members who may not be able to visit in person, to serving as models we can pair with in person visits to think with as we develop mathematics students’ and teachers’ own lenses for seeing mathematics in the world,” Dr. Annie Wilheim, assistant professor of mathematics education in SMU’s Department of Teaching and Learning, said in a statement.

Dr. Candace Walkington, an associate professor in teaching and learning at SMU specializing in mathematics education, agreed: “We are excited to have this resource to add to our courses and the professional development and outreach we offer.”

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