NEW YORK, October 2, 2014 — OppenheimerFunds, a leading investment management company, and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City today announced the launch of Infinite Potential, an initiative to promote mathematical literacy and affinity among America’s youth.
Following successful pilots in Rochester and Denver, OppenheimerFunds will formally kick off the program with two adopt-a-classroom events hosted at MoMath on Oct. 2 and 10. OppenheimerFunds will give over 300 first and second graders from Title I elementary schools in New York City the opportunity to visit the museum for a day of hands-on activities and learning.
Thirty-five employee volunteers will guide the students as they explore MoMath’s interactive exhibits. OppenheimerFunds President and CEO Arthur P. Steinmetz will give opening remarks during the Oct. 10 event.
“As the leader of an investment management firm, I am passionate about advancing mathematical literacy in this country,” said Steinmetz. “The United States currently ranks 25th in mathematics among industrialized nations. Only 16 percent of high school seniors are prepared for and interested in a career that relies on math. It is important to engage students at this age to get them excited about math.”
OppenheimerFunds has partnered with MoMath since its opening in 2012 to help make math more fun and less intimidating for young people.
“We are excited to continue our work with OppenheimerFunds and look forward to bringing the love of mathematics to an even broader audience. We hope MoMath’s interactive and entertaining exhibits will spark students’ curiosity and keep them interested in mathematics for life,” said Glen Whitney, MoMath co-founder and co-executive director.
Steinmetz is a member of MoMath’s board of trustees. Under his leadership, OppenheimerFunds and MoMath will expand the Infinite Potential program to other U.S. cities.