Anup A. Somalwar
Anup Anand Somalwar is a secondary mathematics teacher and graduate student at Villanova University. He wrote his paper "Fractals: Analysis of Fractals from Mathematical and Real-World Perspective" in order to better understand the mathematics behind some common fractal designs and see how these mathematical structures could help society solve every-day problems. As a math teacher, he was most interested in seeing how knowledge of fractals could help secondary math teachers get students more excited and interested in math. In his spare time, he enjoys making beats and math rap songs under the moniker, SomaBeatz, on his SoundCloud page. He also has a YouTube channel, SomaMathVidz, where he posts math tutorials to help facilitate the flipped classroom and interviews STEM professionals to help encourage students to learn more about STEM careers. Currently, he is working on his thesis project on the flipped classroom and wants to see how this type of pedagogy will impact students’ mathematical performance, self-efficacy levels, and engagement levels in a urban high school setting.