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Michael Young promotes innovative learning during ISU Day at the Capitol

Michael Young shows Gov. Kim Reynolds how to play an interactive math game

Michael Young, Scott Hanna Faculty Fellow and associate professor of mathematics, represented the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during ISU Day at the Capitol. The half-day event was held on March 6 in the capitol rotunda.

Young demonstrated important messages about math equity while showcasing interactive games and innovative approaches to teaching mathematics. The impactful lessons caught the attention of Gov. Kim Reynolds and several Iowa lawmakers who participated in the games.

Iowa State students Joe Alameda (Ph.D. ’21 mathematics) and Courtney Tompkins (’20 mathematics) joined Young and engaged visitors in the games.

The team-based games included a collaborative counting exercise and a logic game played with ropes. The activities sparked lively dialog about overcoming math fears. Young often uses a variety of games to teach others that math is enjoyable, social and should be accessible to everyone—regardless of race, gender or background.