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Math + Dance: Physical Problem Solving Methods

A week-long intensive introduction for middle and secondary mathematics teachers to the use of physical problem solving to teach mathematical concepts.  
The modules alternate between creative problem solving and reflective discussion. Accessible and adaptable for everyone; dance experience is not necessary although welcomed. 
Each concept begins with a physical problem to solve that involves pattern recognition and draws on memory, walking, counting, moving, and making shapes. 
Activities promote differentiation by creating a low floor entrance to begin the problem and a high ceiling of exploration.


Learn More:

Review proceeding papers that reflect the success of math and movement research. Watch Erik Stern present with a colleague, Karl Shaffer, their work on mathematics and dance for TEDx.

Math Dance: A Study of Effectiveness PDF 

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Movement & Mathematics in College PDF

Selected participants will be awarded:

  • $500 stipend 
  • $100 for travel expense* 
  • On-campus housing*
  • Breakfast and Lunch 
  • Local Outdoor Outings

plus a
Complete Math + Dance 

Course Packet*

Submit Your Application Today:

Online Application Closed
Applications are due by January 15th, 2018. 



Monday, June 11th through
Friday, June 15th, 2018


Beautiful Weber State University
3910 West Campus Dr. Ogden, UT 84408


*Additional scholarships awarded to long-distance travelers. Six nights maximum stay in campus housing and parking provided. And, the complete course packet comes ready for classroom implementation.

Rachel Bachman,

Assistant Professor
WSU, Department of Mathematics
Tracy Hall 381N


Erik Stern,

Professor of Dance
WSU, Department of Performing Arts
Val A. Browning Center #213B

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Brent G. Parkin, MBA
Sr. Development Director
College of Science 
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