Outreach Programs

F.L. Griffin Mathfest

Since 1987, the Reed College mathematics department has sponsored a Saturday workshop in the spring for area high school students and teachers interested in mathematics enrichment. The workshop gives students and teachers a hands-on opportunity to work on interesting problems in a mathematical topic complementary to the high school curriculum. Recent topics have included "Turing Machines," "Trigonometry by Example," "To Capture Infinity," "The Mathematics of Perspective Drawing," and "The Theory of the Rainbow."

There is no cost to participants. Lunch and campus tour provided.
Registration is limited to 25 students, plus teachers.

Program schedule

The Theory of the Rainbow

Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


  • Junior or senior standing in high school
  • Familiarity with the basic concepts of algebra and trigonometry
  • Serious interest in the topic
  • Pre-registration required by 3/10/14

Availabile for download

2014 Program Announcement (pdf)
2014 Registration Form (pdf)


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