Moody’s Counts on Spring Recess to Motivate NYC Students in Math

Moody’s Counts on Spring Recess to Motivate NYC Students in Math

Company invests in American youth, one math challenge at a time

April 12, 2016

New York City, NY – It may be spring recess the last week of April, but dozens of students from underserved New York City high schools will be flocking to math class. More than learning equations though, they will be adding up the reasons why math is important in their lives.

It’s all part of a first-of-its-kind outreach initiative by The Moody’s Foundation and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics – called the Moody’s Mega Math Workshop – that is being held to promote the relevance of math beyond the classroom and encourage high school students to consider math-related careers, which are increasing in demand. Three lucky students participating in the workshop will be chosen at random to each receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

Media are invited to participate in the initiative at the following times. Excellent interview and visual opportunities will be available.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Motivational speaker Tim Chartier, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College and Mathematical Association of America national teaching award winner, will demonstrate to the students the value of math in everyday life.

High School of Economics and Finance, 100 Trinity Place, Manhattan

9:30 a.m. –11:00a.m.  

Hands-on workshop using math modeling to solve problems, led by Katie Fowler, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Clarkson University

.High School of Economics andFinance, 100 Trinity Place, Manhattan

11:00 a.m.

Lindsay Hall, Google Software Engineer, will share some of the cool ways Google uses math behind the scenes

High School of Economics and Finance, 100 Trinity Place, Manhattan

1:15 p.m.

News Conference by The Moody’s Foundation, recognizing the three workshop scholarship recipients

The Moody’s Corporation, 7 World Trade Center at 250 Greenwich Street

4:00 p.m.

Ringing of the closing bell, attended by the three scholarship recipients

New York Stock Exchange

“Math is the key to many of the most rewarding jobs in the country, and to providing insight on problems related to the environment, our weather, limited resources, and even everyday activities like comparison shopping,” said Fran Laserson, President of The Moody’s Foundation. “Our goal with these initiatives is to help young people open doors to future careers in math and science, and look at mathematics through a relevant and useful lens.”

The unique workshop – offered free of charge to participants – is being held to kick off the final event of the popular national Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, happening simultaneously at the World Trade Center. The M3 Challenge, organized by Philadelphia-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation, draws some of America’s brightest young minds who will be in Manhattan next week, using mathematical modeling to recommend solutions to real-world problems – in this case, to the future of the auto industry, from car-sharing to driverless technologies. 

Now in its 11th year, the MChallenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool and a viable, exciting profession. From a pool of 5,000 top 11th and 12th grade students from across the country, six finalist teams will vie for first place and a piece of the $150,000 being awarded in scholarships. The winning team will be announced at the 1:15 p.m. news conference by The Moody’s Foundation, and will go on to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 4:00 p.m. the same day.

For more information and to R.S.V.P.:

Gail Bergman or Elizabeth Glassen
Gail Bergman PR
Tel: 1-877-986-1340
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