WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:06.000 Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Western Oregon University is a Saturday workshop for high school girls. 00:00:07.000 --> 00:00:12.000 The purpose of Sonia Kovalevsky Day is to encourage the girls in their study of mathematics 00:00:13.000 --> 00:00:16.000 and show them that it can be interesting and fun and have a purpose. 00:00:16.000 --> 00:00:20.000 So, we did that by making this bigger circle but we want to write down what the number is. 00:00:21.000 --> 00:00:24.000 Today the participants will be engaging in sessions on geometry. 00:00:24.000 --> 00:00:30.000 They will learn about what happens if you take a sting and you put it around the equator and you add 6 feet to the string. 00:00:30.000 --> 00:00:34.000 How much space do you create? The result is very surprising. 00:00:35.000 --> 00:00:39.000 They will also be looking at games, simple games and learn how to win them every time using mathematics 00:00:39.000 --> 00:00:41.000 so they can play their friends and always win. 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:49.000 Finally, they will be looking at the shape of doughnuts and coffee cups and thinking about how to stretch and turn different shapes in space. 00:00:49.000 --> 00:00:58.000 Balance seems to be an important concept for this game and so being the 'balancer' of the game is the winning strategy. 00:00:59.000 --> 00:00:66.000 This day is important to me personally because as a teacher so many times I've heard girls say to me that math is too hard 00:01:07.000 --> 00:01:10.000 and it will drive them away from pursuing a career that they are really interested in. 00:01:11.000 --> 00:01:16.000 So, I am hoping that today they can see that math isn't that hard, that they are capable of doing it and can pursue a career in mathematics.