I’m involved in popularizing mathematics among diverse audiences. For each activity that I lead, no advanced knowledge of mathematics is required.
I was a mathematics guest-host in the radio show L’oeuf ou la poule (in French). With Stéphanie Schanck (and previously with Élise Vandomme), I presented every month for four years for 7 minutes about mathematical news, a puzzle or a research problem. This was part of a show with other passionate scientists! You can still listen to all the shows online.
Stéphanie Schanck and I also designed and ran the Maths in the city walking tour (in French). We have used this as an opportunity to present downtown Montreal the way mathematicians see it. This is for adults or teenagers. I also designed a similar activity in Chicago and Trois-Rivières. THe activity is now guided by UQAM students.
For the a couple editions of the 24 hours of science in Montreal, I presented with Pauline Hubert, Mélodie Lapointe, and Fanny Desjardins an activity for an audience of all ages. This was meant to break open the secrets of the mathematics of magic tricks, where amazement meets math learning. I presented a similar activity by myself to teenage groups, and I’m open to present it again.
Are you a teacher? Invite me in your classroom!
For high school and cégep students, I give, with the support of the Institut des Sciences mathématiques a conference on How mathematics can help you finding the perfect partner! The Maths en ville walking tour is a perfect activity for high schoolers living in Montreal. Also about cities, I really like to talk about traffic, notably about the Braess’s paradox.
For elementary and middle school students, I designed a mathematical play called L’été, c’est mathématique! with Émile Nadeau. Independently, I also have workshops about mathematical aspects of magic and graph theory that are a good fit with any group of kids.