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Math Exhibition

April 6, 2022 | Sam Choi

Have you ever wondered who discovered Algebra?  Or maybe you wanted to learn more about logarithms or matrices.  Do you know who is credited with writing the world’s first computer program or how math was used to secure victory in Europe for the Allies in World War II?  These and many other topics were presented by the 8th grade for their math exhibition which took place on Wednesday, April 6th.

The purpose of the math exhibition was to give the students a platform in which they can explore ideas or people that interest them in the arena of mathematics.  The research was done mostly independently since this was their penultimate exhibition, and they have had the practice of doing six of these so far.  The oral presentation was between 10 and 15 minutes with some students extending theirs to 20 minutes.  The oral portion is so important because it helps students to think about relaying complex ideas in a way that sixth and seventh graders can understand.  Also, having a time limit allows them to be concise with their wording and only talk about things that are important.

As a side note, when I hear back from students in high school and college, many have stated that presenting the exhibitions has helped them tremendously in their current classes.  Many are surprised at how little experience their fellow classmates have in researching and presenting long term projects.  They feel more comfortable in their abilities and credit doing the many exhibitions for their confidence.

Sam Choi

Teacher, Grade 8; Science, History, and Ethics, Sixth to Eighth Grades

Mr. Choi has been teaching for over twenty years. Prior to Mustard Seed, Mr. Choi taught at a high school and a middle school for students with language based learning differences. He has also taught at an after school tutoring center and a standardized test prep center.

Over his career, Mr. Choi has taught high school Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Computer Programming, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and US and European History. He has also taught middle school PE, Health, Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, World History and Language Arts, as well as Ethics, Civics, Economics, Christian Studies and Geography.

Mr. Choi enjoys running, watching movies, and cheering for the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs; he has been an avid fan of these teams since 1980.
He is married to Abby Hall Choi and is the father of Noah (MSS Class of 2027) and Jacob (MSS class of 2030).

Mr. Choi was born in Pusan, South Korea, and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his parents and older brother and sister. He first lived in Kansas City, Kansas and then moved to San Diego, California in 1986. In 2007, Mr. Choi moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. He quickly discovered that living in Southern California does not equip one to survive anywhere outside of Southern California.

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