Mathematics Awareness Month - April
Each year in April the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics sponsors Mathematics Awareness Month to recognize the importance of mathematics through a series of essays and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.
This year's theme is Mathematics of Sustainability. As noted in the theme announcement, "Humanity continually faces the task of how to balance human needs against the world's resources while operating within the constraints imposed by the laws of nature. Mathematics helps us better understand these complex issues and is used by mathematicians and practitioners in a wide range of fields to seek creative solutions for a sustainable way of life." See the 2013 theme announcement, essay and poster; link to related resources; and submit your school's activity to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month.
AMS Mathematics Awareness Month-related resources:
This year's theme was chosen to coordinate with the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 initiative. See AMS resources on mathematics and the environment to inform and inspire. Also, the April issue of Notices of the AMS and April Feature Column will feature pieces on mathematics of sustainability.
Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, VA, created this showcase of posters and books–including some from the AMS–to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month.
The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics is an organization of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
Mathematics departments in institutions around the U.S. use Mathematics Awareness Month as an opportunity to promote awareness of mathematics --its applications and beauty--by offering special lectures, events, contests, and more. See themes of the current and past years, download the posters, read the theme essays by specialists in each field, use the suggested resources, get ideas on how to publicize activities, and link to the websites.
Themes from previous years: