National Developmental Mathematics Conference 1999

takes you on a

Mathematics Bus Tour of Saint Louis Sights

"Gateway to the West"

with Guides* and Speaker William V. Thayer, St. Louis Community College at Meramec

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 1999

Starting in front of Gander Hall at Maryville University

{ Bring $x.xx for lunch and $6 for optional amusement fees. }

Ending about 4:30 p.m. in front of Gander Hall at Maryville University


Gateway to the West Math Sights

If you have any questions, please contact me by email.


Location 1                Guide: Bill Thayer
Time 8:00 a.m. Thursday - Place: Gander Hall at Maryville University

Start Here For a Developmental Math Tour of St. Louis

Tour and Sight-seeing Handout.


Location 2        Guides: Danielle Adler and Wendy Truss
Time About 8:20 a.m. to 9:00

The St. Louis County Laumeier Sculpture Park

to measure the Rolling Explosion, Cubes, Tents and more.

One of two St. Louis County Park delights for our days outing.

We enter off the Rott Road Southwest back entrance to this park.


Location 3                Guide: Bill Thayer
Time About 9:05 a.m. to 9:15 (Drive By)

St. Louis Community College at Meramec

We take Geyer Road to Cragwold and drive through Powder Valley Nature Center to examine a foot bridge.

Then North on Geyer Road to Big Bend and around the block of the SLCC Meramec campus. We pass over RR Tracks for a sight of the St. Louis Arch "Gateway to the West" in the distance then one of the Kirkwood Elementary Schools with a new safety school zone.

This is a place for area neighborhood map and surface studies which lead to our Calculus III "Poly-Ring Surface Circus" performances in 4th and 5th grade elementary schools.


Location 4            Guides: Nickie Matula and Ryan Montgomery
Time About 9:35 a.m. to 10:20 [ Bus moves to S.S. @ 10:00 ]

St. Louis Science Center Planetarium

and Scott Zaiss made equations of the planetarium come to life.

http://www.slsc.org/ is a home page URL for the Science Center.


Location 5            Guides: Stuart Dill and Marie Dumey
Time About 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch after Garden sights!

The Shaw Botanical Garden has a geodesic-dome Climatron

With Host

Paul Brockmann, MOBOT Climatron Engineering Information

and a parabolic water fall!

http://www.mobot.org/MBGnet/index2.htm is a home page URL for the Garden and

http://www.mobot.org/MBGnet/projects/index.htm is an example education page for the Garden.

Botanical Garden Lunch


Location 6        Guides: Stuart Dill and Bill Thayer
Time About 12:40 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Cahokia Mounds State Park - Monks Mound

and a history/math lesson that faces the Arch.

State Historic Site Ancient Indian City home page URL for the next stop.


Location 7   Guides: Robert Green, Jim Lahm and Heather Voorhees
Time About 1:40 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

A Sample of Downtown St. Louis Curves, Functions and Surfaces:

City Curves and Functions

The Gateway Arch and a phantom curve within a triangular fortress of steel.

A URL for St. Louis Gateway Arch National Park information.

The Old Courthouse Library with Tom Dewey, Host Librarian

Kiener Plaza Contour Map and Open Amphitheatre.

The St. Louis Cardinals' Bush Stadium is an oval shape that is not an ellipse.

Calculus III students considered the stadium parking lot "HELIX" an interesting project.

The Regal Riverfront Hotel to get back aRound to an oval that is an ellipse.

The Old Cathedral Parking Lot to meet Larry Davis.


Location 8            Guide: Christina Miller and Shawn Wilson
Time About 3:30 p.m. to 4:16:32 p.m.

The Dentzel Carousel In Faust Park

for a horse ride ($1.00/ride) and a look at butterfly symmetry! A short walk to:

The Butterfly House ($5.00/person)

The Second of two St. Louis County Park delights for our days outing.


Location 1 back home.                    Guide: Bill Thayer
Time About 4:30 p.m.

In front of Gander Hall at Maryville University


*Thank you former students:

Danielle Adler, Stuart Dill, Marie Dumey, Robert Green, Jim Lahm, Nickie Matula, Christina Miller, Ryan Montgomery, Wendy Truss, Heather Voorhees, and Shawn Wilson

for the fine GUIDE help!



Thank you:

Paul Brockmann, MOBOT Climatron Engineering Information Host

Tom Dewey for Old Courthouse Library help

for interesting ideas!



Thank you Larry Davis for a safe bus tour!


These schedules may change due to activity adjustments.

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