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  The AUIS Engineering Club is organizing an interdepartmental event, AUIS STEM, April 17-19 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day in the AUIS Conference Hall.    The event will be comprised of competitions and exhibitions by the Information Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Natural Science Departments.    April 17 - MathFest April 18 - IT Day April 19 - Engineering Day   For full details of each day and how to register to compete in the competitions, see the attached PDF. 

AUIS Wins MathFest 2016

  February 13, 2016 – The AUIS Math Club organized and hosted the first math competition in the region. Professors from the University of Sulaimani and AUIS presented a number of lectures, with topics including cryptology, sequences and topology. After these lectures, two series of competitions took place at the event. The junior competition was between four high school teams: The Classical School of the Medes, Shahid Jabar School, Sulaimaniyah Girls College, and Salahaddin Ayubi School. Shahid Jabar School took the winning prize. The senior competition took place between the fourth year math students of the University of Sulaimani, and the AUIS math team. It was a close call, but the AUIS Eagles ended up winning 9-6. “We have been practicing for over a year now and our hard work finally paid off,” said Shad Farhad, the student organizer for the event.  Dr. Mazen Bou Khuzam, Chair of AUIS Math and Natural Sciences Department, and also a member of the judging panel for the competitions, had many good things to say about the team and the event: “We are very proud of our team, they were well prepared, hosted a very successful event and deserved to win. They competed against a very strong team; ours consisted of engineering students and one business student, and still managed to win. We would also really like to thank the university of Sulaimani, the chair, faculty members and the team and we are very happy to build the link and to continue having this event for the years to come.” The AUIS Chess club set up a number of chess boards for guests to play with between breaks, and the Engineering Club held a number of games related to Math. The MathFest was very creative, intense and ultimately very fun. The AUIS team and Math Club would like to thank the University of Sulaimani for their important contribution to this event and for their participation, without which the MathFest would not have been possible.  Article and photos by AUIS student and communications intern, Lana Jabbar. 

Love of Teaching Math

Mathematics is the foundation of all sciences, but most students have problems learning mathematics. Although students’ success in life is related to their success in learning, many of them would not take a course in math if they didn’t need to satisfy the university’s core requirement. Teaching mathematics doesn’t depend on geographical regions or gender; it depends on good math teachers. Based on conversations with hundreds of students over many years from different regions, I have observed that poor understating of mathematics begins when a student goes two or three years in a row without an excellent math teacher. Many students can survive bad teaching for a year, but very few can go longer. Students who have continued to enjoy math can remember excellent teachers and describe their lessons, usually back to the mid-elementary years; I certainly can. I believe that any educative adult can do mathematics and that everyone can learn but may learn differently. There is no difference in understanding mathematics between males and females, and as a female, I must say that once all chances are given and barriers are removed, females can show themselves to be equal, and perhaps even better, to men in quantitative reasoning. I love mathematics and I love teaching students courses from elementary algebra to differential equations. I have often found myself filling napkins with computations while discussing math over dinner or lunch. I do talk a lot about math, think and write about math, but students rarely do. For this reason and many others, I advise you, as students, to not let unpleasant experiences in mathematics prevent you from understanding mathematics. Keep positive attitudes towards math, ask questions, practice regularly, and not to just read over notes but actually do the math. I hope that my knowledge, my love of math, and my love of teaching mathematics will result in students who will appreciate studying and understanding mathematics. Seeing the smile on my students’ faces when they finally understand mathematics is my reward.
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