Small Number

Adventures of Small Number

Over the last 10 years, we have worked to create a series of short stories and animated films that teach math skills and problem-solving within cultural contexts. The main character in all stories is a boy called Small Number, who has an impressive aptitude for mathematics and a proclivity for getting into mischief. Through these stories, we show students that young people, like Small Number, encounter mathematics and require knowledge of it daily. The stories highlight how mathematics can be interesting and applicable in real life problems.

Math Catcher Outreach Program

The Math Catcher Outreach program aims to promote mathematics and scholarship in general by encouraging elementary and high school students to recognize how math is used in everyday life and how it forms the basis for many of our daily decisions and life-long choices. The storytelling, puzzles, pictures, models, and hands-on activities encourage young people to enjoy math and help dispel myths that math is boring and abstract.

More About Small Number

  • The Birth of Small Number: Veselin Jungic, Denise Low Horn, Wilf McDougall, Mark McLean, Rena Sinclair, and Natasha Water Chief, Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, Banff, AB, November 22, 2009 picture
  • My name is "Small Number" and I was born in Banff, Alberta
  • Premiere of Small Number 1: Dexter Anakson, Andy Gavel, and Veselin Jungic, The IRMACS Centre, SFU, September 29, 2010 picture
  • Small Number in the CMS Notes
  • In the News

  • Cultural Spotlight - Building fish traps, building community, The Source, a forum for diversity
  • Pi Day: How Indigenous stone-fish-traps contribute to mathematical education, SFU News
  • Math Catcher Festival: Learning math through storytelling, Teacher Magazine
  • New "Small Number" K-12 Math Learning Materials Available, SFU News
  • Indigenization in STEM Community of Practice Kicks Off with "absolutely great" session, The FAUW Blog
  • Approaching Math Through Story, The Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics and Science
  • Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling, MONTECRISTO Magazine
  • Math Catcher Outreach Program, Indigenous Education, The National Centre For Collaboration)
  • Basket motifs illustrate mathematical concepts , The Source, a forum for diversity
  • Digital weaving: Online tool teaches math using Tla'amin basket designs, The Salish Sea Sentinel
  • Weaving A New Future For Indigenous Education, PIMS Newsletter
  • Indigenous basket-weaving makes an excellent digital math lesson, The Conversation
  • Addressing Mathematical Inequity in Indigenous Education:Efforts by Mathematicians and Educators in Western Canada, AMS Notices
  • Exemplary Classroom Practice, Math Catcher: Mathematics through Aboriginal Storytelling, Martin Family Initiative, Indigenous Educational Resources
  • Kids' Math Motivation Stems From Proving Something To Themselves, Forbes
  • Funding uncertain for SFU?s Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students, The Peak
  • Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities: Rachel Crowell's Take, AMS
  • Math Catcher helps Indigenous high school students by using storytelling, traditions and culture, The Globe and Mail
  • Indigenous Storytelling Is Inspiring British Columbia And Alberta Youth To Study Mathematics, Huffington Post
  • Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities, National Post
  • Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities, The Conversation
  • Our Campus: Mark Mac Lean ? math undergraduate chair, children?s book author and epic shitposter, The Ubyssey
  • Interview with Veselin Jungic, Math Central
  • Finding strength in numbers, UBC Science
  • Math Catcher Outreach program offers different approach to numeracy, Windsor Start
  • Aboriginal teens hone math, English skills at SFU camp, Burnaby Now
  • Inspiring Dreams, Brooks Secondary School
  • UBC/CANADA: Mark MacLean Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Humana University News
  • Summer Camp Prepares Students for University, SFU News
  • SFU Reaching Out to Aboriginal Youth, SFU News
  • Math Catcher Outreach: seeing mathematics in our lives, Mathematics and Science in SD#38 (Richmond)
  • SFU professor makes math fun in a Coquitlam school, Tri-City News
  • SFU aboriginal program launches dream, Burnaby Now
  • Math and Science Field Trip at SFU, The Talking Stick