Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

Workshops

Why is Maryland such a "blue state"? - November 16, 2012

Dr. Felice Shore facilitated a math workshop for our Noyce Scholars on why is Maryland such a "blue state." Noyce scholars engaged in hands-on activities to correct deceptive election maps that show much more red (Republican) area than blue (Democrat), even when blue wins. They used a stretchable ruler to first re-scale population numbers, estimating the percent of MD's population that live in various regions and then used those numbers to construct a cartogram of the state of Maryland. The re-shaping of the map visually (and accurately) showed that nearly 2/3 of MD's population live in heavily-leaning blue areas.

Dr. Felice Shore of the Department of Mathematics presenting to the workshop.
Dr. Felice Shore of the Department of Mathematics presenting to the workshop.
Ms. Jennifer Marker holding a completed cartogram.
Ms. Jennifer Marker holding a completed cartogram.
Ms. Gabrielle Brown, a current undergraduate Noyce scholar, working on a cartogram.
Gabrielle Brown, a current undergraduate Noyce scholar, working on a cartogram.
Christopher Salata, a current M.A.T. noyce scholar, showing his comp;eted cartogram.
Christopher Salata, a current M.A.T. Noyce scholar, showing his completed cartogram.
Group Picture of Noyce scholars at the workshop, including current undergraduates, M.A.T students and graduate in-service teachers.
Group Picture of Noyce scholars at the workshop, including current undergraduates, M.A.T students and graduate in-service teachers.

 

Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
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