The eighteenth JRMF Webinar took place on Saturday, August 1st, 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 moderator in one of the breakout sessions for adults.
On this eighteenth Webinar, participants explored the math activity called “Squareland Arquitect” which is used in Festivals all around the world. In this interactive activity, we imagine we are architects in a world that is obsessed with squares and we want to design a square floor plan using square rooms. The game is based on figuring out if it is possible to create a 7 x 7 square floor with squares of the same size, then with 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 squares, and finally with 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 squares. Afterwards the activity evaluates more general cases.