Abbot Initiative in

Mathematics

October 3, 2021

The Abbot Initiative in Mathematics (AIM) serves to empower young people of underrepresented genders in STEM through a one-day celebration of mathematics.

Eligible students includes students grades 4-8 identifying as cis women, genderqueer, trans women, genderfluid, gender neutral, trans men, and agender.

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Event

AIM 2021 will be a virtual one-day event including a competition, speaker event, and community bonding activities for young mathematicians.

View each panel for more details about each section.

Contest

The competition aspect of AIM will consist of two rounds. Each round will be split into different sections depending on the participant's grade level.

  • Sprint Round
    (30 Minutes, 20 Questions)
  • Challenge Round
    (60 Minutes, 10 Questions)

Rounds will be proctored by Phillips Academy students.

Want more specifics of the competition?

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Math Minis

Math minis are fun, short classes that cover a variety of interesting math topics. Each math mini will last for 30 minutes.

  • A Learning Circle for Learning Circles
  • Graph Theory and Euler Characteristics
  • Cars, Goats, and Infinity
  • Buying Chicken Nuggets

Minis will be taught by Phillips Academy students.

Want to learn more about Math Minis?

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Community

The Abbot Initiative in Mathematics is proud to announce several workshop offerings centered around cultivating joy and exploring innovative mathematical concepts.

  • Student Panel
  • Industry Pathways
  • Queer Affinity Space

Workshops will be facilliated by Phillips Academy students and alumini.

Want to learn more about our community bonding activities?

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Schedule

AIM 2021 will be held on Sunday, October 3rd.

10:00 Check-In
10:30
11:00 Sprint Round2 Difficulty Levels
11:30 Break
12:00 Challenge Round2 Difficulty Levels
12:30
1:00 Lunch
1:30
2:00 Math Mini Math Mini STEMpower
2:30
3:00 Meet Our Speaker Dr. Rachel Levy
3:30
4:00 Math Mini Math Mini Community Workshops
4:30
5:00 Phillips Academy Student Panel See below for more details
5:30
6:00 Award Ceremony See below for more details on prizes
6:30

All times listed are in EST.

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Rachel Levy

Dr. Rachel Levy is Professor of Mathematics and the Executive Director of the North Carolina State University Data Science Academy, a universitywide interdisciplinary effort to meet the growing needs of data science research, education and expertise in North Carolina and beyond. Her writing, research and teaching has been honored with the MAA Alder award for teaching, the NCTM award for linking research and practice, the AWM EvenQuads card game and the SIAM Fellows Program.

She has served as an American Mathematical Society Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, the Deputy’s Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America, the Vice President for Education for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Harvey Mudd College, where she was a member of the mathematics department for over a decade. She also taught middle and high school at Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC.

Dr. Levy's research has focused on two areas: fluid mechanics and education. Her work in fluid mechanics explained phenomena such as the way soap can make oil move and how whales leave flukeprints on the ocean surface. Her education research centers the idea that mathematics and data science belong to everyone, which means we need to choose empowering ways of building mathematics, statistics, data and information literacy. Her work has appeared in many news and media outlets including NPR, the Australian Radio Broadcast Company, Boingboing, Slate, the LA Times, USA Today and Education Week.


If you have any specific topics you would like Dr. Rachel Levy to speak on,
please write to us at info@abbotinitiative.org or fill out the following survey.

Contest

The problems we compose will appeal strongly to the critical thinking abilities of young students, such as problems requiring application to real-world problems, logical thinking skills, and more. In doing so, we can optimize a student’s experience in exploring mathematics as a widely expansive and intimately personal subject.

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Sprint Round

The AIM Sprint Round is a 20 question exam that will take 30 minutes to complete. The AIM Sprint Round will primarily test accuracy and speed. Topics on the test include geometry, combinatorics, number theory, and algebra problems.

Each problem is worth one point, and there are no penalties for incorrect answers. Calculators are permitted, and contestants will work individually. Please click here to view our released sample problems for the 2021 event.

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Challenge Round

The AIM Challenge Round is a rigorous 10 question exam that will take 60 minutes to complete. The AIM Challenge Round will primarily test problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge. Topics on the test include geometry, combinatorics, number theory, and algebra problems.

Each problem is worth two points, and there are no penalties for incorrect answers. Calculators are permitted, and contestants will work individually. click here to view our released sample problems for the 2021 event.

Read more about contest rules and guidelines here


Have questions or concerns? Reach out to us at contest@abbotinitiative.org!

Math Minis

Each math mini coordinator has had mathematics experience throughout their time on and off the campus of Phillips Academy. Over the course of two months, math mini directors designed and edited syllabi to create the most engaging and positive experience for AIM participants. Participation is optional, but valuable for all those interested!

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A Learning Circle for Learning Circles

This workshop circles around all things circles. Circles, omnipresent in nature, serve as the foundation for countless math concepts and are an extremely useful tool for creative problem-solving. This workshop explains the core concepts related to circles—ranging from the story behind the number π to tangent, secant, and external segments—through fun, informative, and interactive activities. By the end of the workshop, students will have a better grasp of applying circles to solve various geometry problems. This workshop is for all students who are fascinated by shapes and wish to dive deeper into the world of geometry!

Lead by Erin Kim '23

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Graph Theory and Euler Characteristics

Graph theory sees applications in social networks analysis, computational biology and many other areas. One of its very cool theorems is the Euler Characteristics. In this workshop, we explore general graph theory, planar graphs, and Euler Characteristics. We then pivot to discuss a fun application of Euler Characteristics: using it to derive Pick’s Theorem (which allows us to compute the area of a polygon on a grid just by counting!)

Lead by Michael Huang '23

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Cars, Goats, and Candles

By working with fun examples, students will learn about combinations, permutations, constructive counting, complementary counting, principle of inclusion and exclusion, as well as delve into two popular probability paradoxes. The curriculum is written for students with minimal counting/probability background (a good understanding of algebra is preferred!) There will also be a chance for participants to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Lead by Sarah Pan '23

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Buying Chicken Nuggets

If given only boxes of chicken nuggets of size 6, 9, can we buy 39 chicken nuggets? What about 40? This question is the most important question you should ask when buying chicken nuggets. Its solution involves the Frobenius Number, which also has a minor application in the design of coin systems. What values should coins take on, optimally? In this workshop, we discuss the number theory concepts of divisibility and modulo arithmetic. We then extend the discussion to the Frobenius Theorem (aka. Chicken Nugget Theorem), its proof, and applications.

Lead by Michael Huang '23

Prizes!

Middle School Division
Top scorer: $750 cash prize, Trophy, Free Merch
Runner-up: $200 cash prize, Trophy, Free Merch
Third Place: $100 cash prize, Medal, Free Merch
Fourth Place: $50 cash prize, Medal, Free Merch
Elementary School Division
Top scorer: $200 cash prize, Trophy, Free Merch
Runner-up: $100 cash prize, Trophy, Free Merch
Third Place: $50 cash prize, Medal, Free Merch
Fourth Place: $25 Amazon gift card, Medal, Free Merch

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible students includes students grades 4-8 identifying as cis women, genderqueer, trans women, genderfluid, gender neutral, trans men, and agender.

Yes! All events and tests will be conducted virutally through Zoom.

The event is scheduled for October 3rd, 2021 and registration closes September 26, 2021. Only conflicts with a religious observance are accommodated.

Our mission is to provide accessible resources to students everywhere. Thus, we have no registration fees, and each student will be mailed exclusive AIM and Phillips Academy merch.

Questions generally increase in difficulty from beginning to end. For ties between participants, the student with a higher score from questions 10 through 20 on sprint will be ranked higher than the other student with the same score. Learn more about our contest guidelines here.

Have more questions for us?
Reach out to us at info@abbotinitiative.org!

Team Members

Meet all of the people that make AIM possible!

Olivia Yang

Executive Director

Erin Kim

Managing Director

Alex Shieh

Managing Director

William Yue

Problem Organizer

Ali Yang

Problem Organizer

Chelsea Hu

Outreach Coordinator

Nathan Xiong

Problem Organizer

Jaeho Lee

Outreach Coordinator

Joshua Park

Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Pan

Workshop Organizer

Silvia Ng

Workshop Organizer

Iris Guo

Outreach Coordinator

Jenny Jin

Outreach Coordinator

Michael Huang

Workshop Organizer

Tristan Fain

Workshop Organizer

Anthony Yang

Problem Contributor

Raina Yang

Problem Contributor

Kyle Chen

Problem Contributor

Karsten Rynearson

Advisor On Queer Topics

Jessica Guo

Registration Director

Emelia Yang

Registration Director

Aleena Kibria

Registration Director

Chloe Kindangen

Digital Manager

Charlie Benjamin

Digital Manager

Abigail Cheng

Graphic Design

Madison Yuan

Graphic Design

Jeffrey Shi

Web Manager