Wolfram Computation Meets Knowledge

Wolfram Summer School


Monika Kiss

Summer School

Class of 2014


Monika is originally from Hungary. She has a BA, MA, and a PhD in mathematics. She earned her BA from Kean University and her MA and PhD from the University of Hawaii. She has been teaching at Saint Leo University for 11 years. She is an associate professor and loves her job. Her passions include teaching mathematics and providing enrichment opportunities for precollege students to have them engage in activities that are beyond the classroom. She is very much interested in learning how to show students the value of mathematics and is always looking for opportunities to improve her teaching and mathematical skills. In addition, she is a single mom who is trying to raise a young mathematician.

Project: Mathematical Educational Tools for Middle-School-Aged Students

Teach programming while learning math

I am a mathematics professor interested in many ways of helping students become better mathematics students so they can pursue careers in the STEM fields. One of my favorite pet projects is to design and run outreach programs for students prior to entering high school. One of the ways in which I do this is running weekly, hour-long Math Circles at Saint Leo University. During these hour-long sessions, my goal is to find different ways to make students of all levels understand the beauty of mathematics and to inspire them to see how mathematics is used in science and other fields. The Wolfram Language is going to allow me to help design and produce tools for students to engage in deeper mathematical ideas and be able to visualize them. The goal of my project is to create interactive tools for students to learn to program with the Wolfram Language and at the same time to develop a deeper understanding in mathematics in concepts like Pascal’s triangle in 2D, Pascal’s triangle mod p in 2D, Pascal’s triangle in 3D, Pascal’s triangle mod p in 3D, and the Fibonacci sequence.

Favorite Outer Totalistic r=1, k=2 2D Cellular Automaton

Rule 16