Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Allegra Boverman
of members of the MathROOTS program at MIT. Back row, from left: Antonio Monreal and Sofia Dudas. Front row, from left: Brent Avery, Kalyn Younger and Trajan Hammonds.
In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.
Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem.
Now the only sounds in the room were Falt’s voice, explaining every move in her solution, and the click of her chalk moving across the board. She had everyone’s rapt attention.
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