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Howard Community College Hosts Howard County Math Festival November 5

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Columbia, MD – Have you ever wondered how ancient Egyptians measured pyramids, or how mathematics plays a key role in magic tricks? Come explore mathematics in new, exciting, and unexpected ways at the Howard County Mathematics Festival 2.0 “Measuring the Fun in Mathematics,” hosted by the Mathematics Division at Howard Community College (HCC) on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The event, which is part of the larger Maryland STEM Festival, sponsored by STEMulating Minds, will take place in the new Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Building on the college’s campus from 1 to 5 p.m. 

“Families and friends can spend an afternoon enjoying the company of each other while exploring mathematics and hopefully discovering something they did not know before,” said Dr. Mike Long, co-chair of mathematics at HCC. “Mathematics is like a giant puzzle, after all. Finding ways to solve the puzzle is what makes mathematics fun.” 

Attendees will have a chance to celebrate the importance of math in our daily lives while participating in a variety of activities, such as using historical means to take measurements, determining the correct amount of rubber bands necessary to make a bungee cord for a Barbie doll, and watching a magic show performed by HCC students – complete with tricks that only work because of math. Other activities include “Metric Olympics,” mathematical puzzles, and a demonstration on why measurement is critical in cooking. Various displays from mathematics-related organizations will also be on site.

The Maryland STEM Festival takes place October 31 through November 12, 2017, throughout Maryland. For more information, visit

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