As part of an optional extra credit project, students in Heather Trifiletti’s math classes at James Wilson Young Middle School created mock Instagram accounts for mathematicians throughout history. These accounts featured posts from the mathematicians’ points-of-view and comments by their contemporaries that demonstrate the public response to their work during their lifetimes. The research that went into this assignment gave the students valuable historical context for development of modern mathematics.
Pictured is James Wilson Young Middle School eighth grader Ella Silvestro’s mock Instagram account for NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.
Pictured is James Wilson Young Middle School eighth grader Shane Duerr’s mock Instagram account for early French mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes.