Youngstown State Math Fest challenges advanced students

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University held its annual Math Fest Thursday.

About 300 students from 40 different schools around the Valley spent the day on campus.

The event allows students from more advanced classes to learn about math topics that they aren’t taught in the classroom. They can also see different math applications and mingle with students from other schools.

Additionally, there was a presentation by a math magician and a competition between teams.

Organizers say one of the most valuable aspects of the program is learning about the different careers students can pursue with a math degree.

“There seems to be this huge misconception in America that the only thing you can do with a math degree is teach but in reality, even though we do need good math teachers, there are lots of things you can do with a math degree,” Julie Seitz said.

She says there are lots of big companies looking for employees who know how to analyze data, which is something taught in a math program.