Exploration plays a central role in the acquisition of strong, flexible reasoning abilities. Mathematicians explore ideas, make conjectures, describe patterns, construct rigorous arguments, verify results, and communicate their findings both orally and in writing. The goal of the Ellis mathematics department is to develop these skills in our students. Reading and writing mathematics is also an integral part of doing mathematics. In solving problems, students learn that a lucid explanation is as important as a brilliant insight.
Our intention is for students to appreciate the place of mathematics in our understanding of the world. Contextual problems allow students to see the power of mathematics in wide-ranging applications. But we also see mathematics as worth doing in its own right. It is a beautiful mode of thought and an unparalleled way to stretch our minds. Doing mathematics empowers girls in every area of life.
Ellis student Stephanie Somlo, Class of 2022, placed tenth overall out of more than one hundred students at the MATHCOUNTS competition at the A.W. Beattie Career Center on Saturday, February 11. Stephanie and the Ellis team went head-to-head against local schools to test their mathematical, probability, and problem-solving skills.
The Ellis Entrepreneurs Club was out in full force on Friday, December 2 as Ellis hosted the annual Holiday Shop in Janet’s Gym. Handmade candles, stress balls, and dog treats were just a few of the items up for grabs as the Ellis Entrepreneurs Club tested their business acumen in front of parents, employees, and students.
Google is hosting their popular Geek Street Fair for the first time in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 7, and The Ellis School is excited to join Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Technology Council, The Andy Warhol Museum, and others as a community partner. The Geek Street Fair is an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. The event is open to the public and community partners include technology companies, community based organizations, museums, and content creators from across Pittsburgh.