Math Poster Ideas

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Posters are a great way to learn about and explore the world of mathematics. Creating math posters will provide creative opportunities to express gained understanding of mathematical topics and share this knowledge with others. Below are a few ideas for creating interesting math posters.

Math Innovator Poster

Oftentimes, key individuals have been instrumental in enhancing our understanding of mathematics. Why not create a poster that places emphasis on an individual like Euclid, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton, or another famous mathematician? This type of poster should focus on the biographical information of these historical innovators and highlight their research, theories, and main contributions to mathematics, drawing from their original works. You can also include examples of the mathematics that the innovators worked with, such as geometric shapes or equations. To help you research some of these individuals, here are a few resources:

'How To' Poster

A simple way to test your grasp of mathematical concepts covered during the semester is to demonstrate methods for solving specific problems through a poster. A poster like this can cover anything from converting English units to the metric system, to geometric applications taught throughout the semester. This is a versatile project idea for any application. It's also a chance for you and your classmates to take on the role of teacher. Use the poster to illustrate the best ways you learned your own math skills so that others might benefit as well. This type of poster would be an ideal project for an end of the year review! Need some help with ideas for this poster? Check out our library of math courses to find one or several that are right for you. You'll find just about every math concept imaginable in these resources.

Solve a Problem and Display Research

One of the chief purposes of a poster is to illustrate one's research and findings. For this poster, take on a problem or question you can solve using mathematics. The poster will serve as a platform for you to illustrate your findings and how you went about solving the problem. Research problems can involve practical situations like, 'Where might the best location for a new school gym be on campus, and what might be a plausible length and width of the building?' To help you come up with practical questions/scenarios for the poster, check out this lesson on Using Math in Everyday Life.

Be sure to address what the problem or question is, explain how you went about answering the question, and what factors led you to your conclusion. In addition to demonstrating your understanding of math, this poster will help you develop critical thinking and research skills.

Math in Other Cultures

Math is a universal concept that has impacted cultures all around the world and throughout time. Create a poster that explores diversity and history, as well as how math has been used by various civilizations. As an example, students at Howard Community College participated in a study of how mathematics was used in Native American culture. These posters highlighted their use of math in everyday life, from constructing shelters and creating artwork to competing in recreational games played by tribes across the Americas!

Besides displaying information on the poster itself, you can incorporate an interactive element into your presentation. One way this can be done is by providing information and illustrations of cultural math games on the poster and then having viewers play the games themselves. Your posters can also include illustrations, photos, and even cultural items as attachments.

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