DODEA high school math students in Pacific tackle golden ratio
February 10, 2011
ONNA VILLAGE, Okinawa — Fifty-seven high school students from Pacific bases converged on the Kafuu Resort this week to talk and breathe mathematics.
The Far East MathematicaFest began Sunday afternoon and wrapped up Thursday with group presentations on the mathematical principle known as the golden ratio, the ratio of length to width in rectangles that is most aesthetically pleasing and is often observed in nature, art, and architecture.
“It’s really allowed students and teachers to step outside the regular academic curriculum that they otherwise would not be able to do,” said Amy Fines, a teacher from Sasebo Naval Base and co-director of the Department of Defense Education Activity event.
Over the course of the week, groups of students competed against each other in problem and puzzle solving and were judged on their final presentations by teachers.
“I have really enjoyed myself this week,” said Tyler Stanley, an 11th-grader from Guam High School. “I’ve learned a lot and it has been great being here with students of similar academic levels.”
For Yokota High School’s Tjaden Cornell, 17, the week was a true learning experience.
“Before coming here, I had no idea what the golden ratio was,” Cornell said.