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03/08/2013

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TWICE THE FUN Future teachers Jamilla Ali (right) and Denisha Allen (left) take a quick timeout from working with Candace Dixon on a project. Photo by Scott Proffitt UNIVERSITY'S SM2 EVENT OFFERS A DIFFERENT TAKE ON MATH CLASS By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer Tricia Hunsader likes math. No, I mean really, she does, as she clearly demonstrated in her responsibilities for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (SM)2 Art Fair. but can be made easily understandable. Exposing the youngsters to these ideas plants the seed that math cannot only be interesting but even fun. SM2 — or SM squared — stands for the Sara- When asked how she came up with the idea sota Manatee Sensational Mathematical Art of an art fair to teach math, Hunsader told Fair, which was held Feb. 23. The Sarasota News Leader, "I'm the advisor And it was both sensational and mathemati- of the math club, which is [SM] squared, or cal. All the arts and crafts projects were edu- Sarasota-Manatee Sharing Math, and I get to cational and hands-on, with students learning teach the math methods courses, which is a how to make a wide variety of objects that lot of fun." employ or represent mathematical concepts. She added, "But we don't have the freedom Some of the concepts they worked with — to do the kind of stuff we're doing here at the and utilized in creating things — are complex fair, because there is so much content we have

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