CMU hosts annual Math Extravaganza

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Math is one of those subjects most people aren’t crazy about, but a local event shows there are still some students passionate about the subject, and that passion appears to be paying off.

Colorado Mesa University hosted their 15th Annual Math Extravaganza today, with high school students from all over the Western Slope attending.

CMU’s Math Club has been working on today’s event since September in hopes of showing students that math can be interesting and how often we use it.

"We hope that they see a little beyond the punching a calculator, that they see that really mathematics is intertwined in everything we do and see around us," said Doctor Lisa Driskell, mathematics professor at CMU.

Showing students that math is more than just a subject seems to be paying off for School District 51; officials say last year’s math scores were higher than the state average.

With a little fun mixed in throughout the day, club members hope they shared their excitement about math with these high school students and that they’ll leave with a whole new perspective of the subject.

"It not only shows them what their teacher can teach them but it also shows them that other kids are excited about math too," said Alyssa Mitchell, CMU Math Club member.

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