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2015 Show Me Your Math!

On Wednesday May 6, Mi’kmaw elementary, junior high and high school students from across Nova Scotia came together in Membertou to celebrate math and cultural heritage during the annual Show Me Your Math! Regional Fair.

Show Me Your Math! showcases school projects that detail the math inherent in the Mi’kmaw culture. Primary to Grade 12 students from Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) schools, the Strait Regional School Board, and the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, presented individual and group math projects completed during the school year.

Show Me Your Math! changed slightly this year, with a smaller group of students sharing inquiry based investigative reports instead of having the traditional fair. Students were asked to present their projects to the group and answered questions about their project. Some schools shared short videos of the process of creating their project while others chose to present their work in person. 

Since the launch in 2006, over 3,000 Mi’kmaw students in MK schools have participated. In recent years the fair expanded to include public schools in Nova Scotia that serve Mi’kmaw communities such as the Strait, Chignecto Central, and Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Boards.

As part of their course work, students partner with elders, community craftspeople, family members, and friends on projects that explore the role of math in their everyday lives. In the past, students have learned lessons such as the importance of Pi in crafting quill boxes, spatial reasoning inherent in traditional baking, and how math plays a role in constructing a canoe or traditional drums.