Math Software Workshop Brings Area Students to the University of Idaho

Tuesday, November 8 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – High school students from Lewiston, Clarkston, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls will gather at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow for the third annual Geometer’s Sketchpad workshop on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Secondary math education students will mentor and teach the high school students in how to utilize an innovative math computer program, Geometer’s Sketchpad, that allows students to explore geometry, algebra and other areas of mathematics in a new and interactive way.

Anne Adams, co-creator of the workshop with program director Kirsten LaPaglia, collaborated with students in her University of Idaho math education class to design activities specifically targeted for high school students. Much of their material reviews skills necessary to answer math problems on college entrance exams, such as the ACT.

“This kind of collaboration is a win-win for everyone,” said Kate Schalck, Upward Bound Math Science program specialist. “The math education students get the opportunity to use their newly acquired teaching skills to enhance the high school students’ mathematics comprehension.”

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Idaho’s Upward Bound Math Science program. For more information, contact Kirsten LaPaglia at (208) 885-5819 or at kirsten@uidaho.edu.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.

About Upward Bound Math Science Program
The University of Idaho Upward Bound Math Science program commenced in 1991 and is the oldest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Its purposes are to provide college access for first generation and low income high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – careers and increase participation in these fields. UBMS also helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed in their post secondary education. UBMS at the University of Idaho is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with $289,609 spent annually on the program’s mission.