[EDEQUITY] math camp (fwd)

From: Carolyn E. Adams-Price (cea1@Ra.MsState.Edu)
Date: Wed May 17 2000 - 15:42:46 EDT

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    Mathematics is a beautiful and valuable subject, but girls are often
    deterred from the many benefits of mathematics by societal pressures and
    the lack of sufficient training. In an attempt to alleviate this problem,
    Mississippi University for Women received a Mathematics Association of
    America/Tensor Foundation grant to offer a Math Camp on the MUW campus
    this summer, June 4-9, 2000. The grant will support 20 rising high school
    freshmen girls who will be going into Algebra 1 in the fall. The Math
    Camp participants will stay in the residence halls and eat in the
    cafeteria, supported by the grant. During the camp, MUW Assistant
    professors Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer, Clare Boothe Luce Professor Dr. Jane
    Wenstrom, Dr. Dorothy Kerzel, MSMS teacher Dr. LeRoy Wenstrom, and Weir
    Attendance Center National Board Certified teacher Carol Wright will offer
    fun and fascinating mathematical activities. Both Dr. L. Wenstrom and
    Mrs. Wright were recipients of RadioShack Teaching Awards this year.

    Quality education for women has been implicit in the W's mission since its
    inception. We find that many girls have already limited their involvement
    in mathematics by choosing to take fewer and lower level mathematics
    courses than boys do while in high school. The W already hosts a Sonia
    Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, where high school girls are
    brought onto campus for a day of mathematical activities. The MAA/Tensor
    Foundation grant provides a similar opportunity for younger students,
    bringing them on campus for a more extensive time to appreciate the
    beauty, utility, and fun in mathematics.

    Founded in 1884 as the first public college for women in America and
    admitting men since 1982, Mississippi University for Women currently is
    ranked the number one regional public liberal arts college in the South by
    U.S. News and World Report. This is the third consecutive year that the
    university has received this ranking and the sixth consecutive year that
    the university has been in the top 10 among its peers for academic
    reputation and campus diversity.

    Located on 104 acres in the heart of residential Columbus, Mississippi, 24
    of The W's more than 60 buildings are listed on the National Register of
    Historic Places. As high-tech as it is historic, The W features a
    fiberoptic backbone that links every residence room, classroom and office
    to the Internet, interactive videoconference classrooms, state-of-the-art
    computing facilities and a satellite uplink.

    Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Division
    of Science and Mathematics at Mississippi University for Women, is the
    project director for the Math Camp. Dr. Oppenheimer has worked with the
    Mississippi State University (MSU) math camps as a mathematical consultant
    and presenter. She has taught Grades 6-12 for more than a decade, and
    spent three years with the Delta Mathematics Project, presenting
    manipulatives and their usage to thirty school districts in the
    Mississippi Delta. Dr. Oppenheimer will be assisted by Dr. Jane Wenstrom,
    the Clare Boothe Luce Professor in the Division of Science and Mathematics
    at Mississippi University for Women, who runs MUW's annual Sonia
    Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day each spring. Dr. Dorothy Kerzel is
    an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Division of Science and
    Mathematics at Mississippi University for Women. She has presented on
    probability and statistics at various teaching-oriented conferences, and
    has presented workshops for Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics
    Day. Dr. J. Wenstrom and Dr. Kerzel wrote material for and taught at a
    week-long enhancement program for in-service middle school teachers as
    part of an Eisenhower grant. Dr. LeRoy Wenstrom, mathematics teacher at
    the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, has helped with
    several of the Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days. He also
    helps run professional development workshops for in-service middle and
    high school teachers. Carol Wright, National Board Certified mathematics
    teacher at Weir Attendance Center, worked at the MSU math camps with
    Dr. Oppenheimer. Ms. Wright maintains an intensive presentation schedule
    while continuing to teach high school mathematics.

    Girls will arrive on campus during the afternoon of June 4, and will
    depart campus after an award ceremony the afternoon of June 9th. Some of
    the planned activities include instruction with Algeblocks or algebra
    tiles, how to use TI graphing calculators in algebra, ideas from
    probability and statistics, and looking for patterns (like Pascal's
    triangle and the Fibonacci sequence). Computer programs will be used to
    illustrate chaotic behavior, properties of vectors, and mathematical
    quilting. Students will build tetrahedron kites, do algebraic activities
    with geoboards and tangrams, create tessellations, and enlarge pictures.

    Contact will be maintained with the students and/or their school
    counselors to track the mathematics courses chosen by the girls attending
    camp throughout their high school careers.

    Applications forms can be obtained by contacting Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer,
    Box W-100, Columbus, MS 39701, by calling (662) 329-7239, or by e-mail
    request at boppen@muw.edu.

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