The seventeenth JRMF Webinar took place on Saturday, July 25th, 2020 from 11 am until 12:30 pm. This virtual event was organized by Dr. Hector Rosario, Director of Outreach and Teaching of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF). Participants were divided in several breakout sessions, depending on whether they were kids or adults. Dr. Jeanette Shakalli, Executive Director of FUNDAPROMAT, acted as the co-moderator in one of the breakout sessions for adults.
On this seventeenth Webinar, participants explored the math activity called “Mousetrap” which is used in Festivals all around the world. In this interactive activity, there is a mouse in the house that is trying to escape to the fields, represented by green hexagons. The catcher places traps in the hexagons trying to catch the mouse. The game is based on analyzing how the activity changes depending on the rules that we define, for example by allowing the mouse to move more than once per turn, or by allowing the catcher to place more than one trap per turn.