Elementary students attend summer Math and Science Academy at Northwestern

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Elementary students attend summer Math and Science Academy at Northwestern

July 22, 2010

Nearly 35 students from the Alva and Freedom school districts attended the summer Math and Science Academy at Northwestern Oklahoma State University this summer.

The Math and Science Academy took place on June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2, and provided elementary students the opportunity to engage in hands-on math and science activities with faculty and students at Northwestern.

Science activities included working with frogs, making Cartesian divers out of water bottles and shooting off rockets. To learn aspects of math, students worked with tangrams, pattern blocks, dice games and online computer games.

Approximately 100 people attended the rocket launch on the last day of the Academy. The rocket launch was held at Ranger Field, and was open to family members.

The Math & Science Academy is organized by Northwestern faculty members Dr. Tim Maharry and Dr. Sheila Brintnall, associate professors of mathematics; Dena Walker, instructor of mathematics; and Dr. Steven Maier, associate professor of physics.

Seven Northwestern students served as assistants for the Academy. Danielle Murry, Clinton senior; Brie Jones, Beaver junior; Charly Roach, Texhoma senior; Olivia Hammontree, Medford sophomore; Kendra Frech, Helena sophomore; and Courtney Porter, Guthrie sophomore, worked with Northwestern faculty to make this event successful.

This free program is co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science through a grant from ConocoPhillips.