UMaine professor to present at Bangor PechaKucha Night

Justin Dimmel, an assistant professor of mathematics education and instructional technology with the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, will present at the Bangor PechaKucha Night on Friday, Feb. 19.

Dimmel’s presentation — “Beyond Real World Applications: Place, Curiosity, and Disciplined Inquiry in School Mathematics” — is about a curriculum he developed that uses nautical science and observational astronomy to teach geometry. Incorporated in the talk are photos from the astronomy picture of the day archive and copies of plates from a 17th-century celestial atlas to illustrate the connection between geometry and astronomy.

The PechaKucha format features 20 images shown for 20 seconds each as part of the speaker’s presentation lasting exactly 6 minutes 40 seconds. PechaKucha Nights have become a popular way for creative people to get together and share ideas.

Dimmel did a version of his presentation at a PechaKucha Night hosted by the College of Education and Human Development in January.

The Bangor PechaKucha Night will be held at the Brick Church, 126 Union Street. Doors open at 7 p.m.; presentations begin at 7:30.