High School Students Find Their MathROOTS at MIT

Published in MIT News on July 8, 2015, by Brendta Schroeder

Program aims to inspire female and underrepresented minority students to pursue STEM fields.

In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.

Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem.

Now the only sounds in the room were Falt’s voice, explaining every move in her solution, and the click of her chalk moving across the board. She had everyone’s rapt attention.

When she put the chalk down, both teams erupted into cheers. The judges awarded her full points.

The final session of the MIT MathROOTS program was off to a strong start...

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