Here’s the latest news from Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro.
Math Literacy Training
MTSU’s College of Education continues to strengthen its relationship with schools in the city of Murfreesboro, this time through math training for K-5 teachers.
The Optimal Project, or Continuing Professional Development for Mathematics and Literacy Teachers, trains educators to teach four national math literacy standards introduced a few years ago.
Jeremy Winters, Professor of Mathematics Education and Project Lead, guided the first cohort of 26 educators through 10 sessions last year working with Maths Professor Dovie Kimmins, MCS Mathematics Coordinator Cindy Cliche and using approximately $400,000 from the district’s remaining Tennessee Department of Education. ESSR grants. The training culminated with its final five days this summer on campus.
“Our goal is to try to help teachers understand how to take these four state standards and incorporate them into their math instruction, so that it’s kind of a seamless process,” Winters said.
Teachers worked in groups to solve problems, develop course materials and engage in friendly competition with fellow participants for prizes.
Inaugural STEM Camp
More than 30 budding scientists grabbed darts from area streams, made solar panels out of circuit boards, did chemistry-related food activities and more while attending the first summer camp STEM from MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences.
With an energy theme, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp for senior and junior high school students was held at the Science and Voorhies Engineering Technology buildings and river trips Stones.
MTSU faculty, staff, and volunteers made teens feel like they were in college, requiring lab coats, note taking, glasses, and last-day presentations.
“After biology (in the Stones River at Walter Hill Dam) we had engineering, where we made solar panels out of these little circuit boards and Wednesday was chemistry, where we looked at how the body processes foods and which foods consume the most energy. to deal with,” said Ryan Chapman, 15, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a student at Central Magnet School.
Chapman said the field trip where his group of 12 students donned waders for the river experience “was more interesting because it was more practical.”
Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences Greg Van Patten said the college is excited about the STEM camp.
“The idea is to bring in high school students and give them lab or field experiences that enhance their high school education – reinforce the standards they are taught in schools, but do it in a hands-on way,” Van Patten said. “We also hope that this intensive experience in three different fields this year will allow them to make connections between the activities they will carry out in these three fields and to see common links in these STEM fields.”
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