The Workshops and Keynote Addresses present mathematical
concepts and applications of mathematics to real life problems.
Here are some of the topics we have covered in previous
years:
Cracking the Enigma Cipher: How
Mathematics played a role in History
Our 2012 Keynote Speaker was Catherine Micek, Senior Consultant in Analytics and Research at Travelers (an insurance company) in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, and in her Ph.D. thesis, Katy developed mathematical models for polymer gels used in artificial bone implants and drugdelivery devices. How does an insurance company determine what price they should charge in order to make a profit on the policies they sell? To help answer this question, students used cards, dice, and probability to conduct a handson simulation of pricing a car insurance policy. The students formed groups, each group representing a car insurance company, and were given a deck of cards, dice, and a calculator, which they used to calculate the probabilities of car accidents and claims submitted to their insurance company. Based on the results, each group came up with a price for car insurance. However, upon comparison of the results, some groups had priced their insurance higher than others, and they had to decide whether to adjust their quotes in order to offer a more competitive price. 
Students explored Kepler's laws by constructing their own ellipses using the gardener's method and using them to approximately compute the swept areas. A computer simulation was also presented to illustrate the Three Body Problem. 
Our 2013 Keynote Speaker was Deepa Mahajan, a Mathematics Ph.D from the University of Minnesota, who works in for Boston Scientific, Inc, a company that develops and manufactures medical devices. Deepa is a Principal Scientist in Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. She gave a presentation on the basics of interpreting Electrocardiography (ECG) rhythm using a graph paper, in order to detect possible irregularities in the heart rhythm. 
Drawing
an ndimensional cube
How can we visualize objects in dimension higher than 3? This workshop presented a way to generalize what we know about squares on the plane and cubes in 3 dimensional space into higher dimensions. Students were able to draw representations of 4 and 5 dimensional cubes. 
Game Workshops
Many familiar games have features or winning strategies that can be used to illustrate mathematical concepts. Here are some of our past Game Workshops and the math topics they covered:




Topology
Topology is an area of Mathematics that studies the properties of objects that are preserved under deformations such as stretching and bending (but cutting, tearing, or gluing are not allowed). Our past workshops on topology have explored the following topics:



Other topics
Other presentations have explored:
