IGNITE Session

Polynomiography:   A Visualization Software for STEM Plus Art at K-12 and Beyond

IGNITE
General Session IV
Fri. 10:30am-11:15am

Abstract:
Polynomiography software has the potential to attract and invite students of all ages into working and playing with polynomial equations.  Equations are no longer dry, lifeless or scary.    On the contrary, Polynomiography turns them into desirable objects, leading to colorful images, as individual as any other artwork rendered via painting or photography.   Equally important, through Polynomiography both students and teachers can explore mathematical and algorithmic thinking, or discover algebraic and geometric properties on their own.  Many sophisticated properties become visually obvious.  Suddenly, new applications of polynomial equations become possible, combining STEM with art.  Polynomiography is a fantastic tool of STEAM.

Presenter:
Bahman Kalantari

Bio:
Bahman Kalantari is a professor of computer science at Rutgers University. His research areas include theory and algorithms for optimization problems, as well as for solving polynomial equations.  He has introduced the term Polynomiography for algorithmic visualization of polynomial equations and holds a U.S. patent for its technology.   Polynomiography has been featured in national and international media as a medium that combines art and math and has the potential to become a powerful educational medium.  He has delivered over 100 presentations on Polynomiography in more than a dozen countries to audiences that include, middle and high school teachers and students, educators, mathematicians and scientists, as well as the general public.  Polynomiography continues to attract students at Rutgers into creative and interdisciplinary activities that combine STEM and art.  With the help of interested educators, he hopes to introduce Polynomiography software into K-12 education in New Jersey and beyond. Over the years he has taken a keen interest in fine art, even fashion, all based on Polynomiography.  He is the author of the book, “Polynomial Root-Finding and Polynomiography.’’  He maintains the website www.polynomiography.com.