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Internationalization-Math: Fall 2018

Carbon Footprint Challenge

Dr. Carmen Paniagua

What is the Carbon Footprint Challenge? In this advanced math challenge, students assess carbon emissions on a personal, local, and global level and devise plans to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Complete instructions for the Fall 2018 project can be found in the file below.  Fifty-seven students submitted projects to the Carbon Footprint Challenge this semester, and from those entries, several winners were selected.  These students were recognized for their outstanding work on this project at an award ceremony in the Library on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.

Information on any upcoming projects can be found under the home tab above.  Any follow-up questions may be submitted to Dr. Paniagua at

Congratulations to the winners!

First Place:  Gabriella Mason (awarded a laptop)

Second Place (tie):  Daniela Spindler and Shaneil Taylor (each awarded a tablet)

Third Place (tie):  Cassidy Beavin and Eric Johnson (each awarded a graphing calculator)

Honorable Mention:  Aaron Jacobs, Noah Glover, Shelby Sims, Stephen Moore, and Tania Amador De Jesus (each awarded a backpack, power pack, and calendar)

All winners also received a certificate.  Prizes were made possible through generous donations from Cummins Inc., Roche Diabetes Care, Celadon, Raytheon, Prospanica, SHPE, the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, the IU East Asian Studies Center, the IU African Studies Program, and the many others who support the mission of Ivy Tech Community College. Thank you all very much!

How does the carbon footprint of the United States compare to other countries around the world?  Find out in these graphs:


East Asia:

Our Other Friends Around the World:

Fall 2018 Slideshow

Fall 2018 Welcome Week Activities

Welcome Week: Global Adventures in Africa! 

During Welcome Week, students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of library activities and contests.

Library Contest -- Students used Library props and posted pictures on social media to promote the Library. The winner of the Library Contest drawing was Brianna S.

Pie Charts Survey & Global Map of Desires -- Students stopped by the library to pick up a set of stickers that they used to answer the questions in the Pie Charts Survey. The winner of the Pie Chart Contest drawing was Amber C.

Panel Discussion -- The week culminated with a panel discussion on Thursday, August 23.  Attendees had the opportunity to view African artifacts, play musical instruments from Benin, and enjoy some traditional African treats prepared by the Ivy Tech Culinary Department.  Panelists included:

  • Dr. Betty Dlamini, from the IU African Studies Program, speaking about Swaziland and South Africa
  • Dr. Pierre Atchade, Ivy Tech faculty, speaking about Benin
  • Dr. Sidney Mmadi, Ivy Tech faculty, speaking about Malawi
  • Mr. Sam Teye, Ivy Tech faculty, speaking about Ghana
  • Mr. Keith Klein, Moderator

Library Assistant Juliet Roberts and IU Professor Dr. Betty Dlamini entertained the crowd with a performance of a traditional South African song in Zulu, Kwaze kwaxaban’oXaba noXulu exhibeni.

Comparison Graphs - African Countries

Dr. Carmen Paniagua We have teamed up with the Indiana University African Studies Program to expand this Math-Internationalization project. The intention of this collaboration is to connect mathematics with diverse perspectives on African trends and systems. The mission of this Math project is to guide students to learn and reflect on their own place in the world while allowing them to make connections with communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Using data from The World Bank, Dr. Paniagua created these interactive graphs to compare statistics from the United States to Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania.