Today I get to work on one of my favorite activities related to the annual INFORMS conference. Dvae Goldsman and I will assist Ken Chelst in giving a day long workshop for high school mathematics teachers on integrating operations research/analytics into their curricula. Ken does a terrific job organizing this event every year, and the participants are extremely enthusiastic. The teachers frequently comment on how much they look forward to returning to their schools so they can integrate topics that are actually relevant and will really engage their students. The program this year is maxed out – demand by potential participants far exceeds our capacity!
We’ll discuss decision analysis, queuing, simulation, optimization, etc. and show how these concepts can be made accessible to high school students. Working with these teachers is great fun – they are very committed to improving the quality and relevance of the education they provide their students, their enthusiasm is infectious, and their dedication is inspiring.