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June 7, 2007

Purdue provides science, math outreach to Shelbyville, Frankfort

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers in Shelbyville, Ind., and Frankfort, Ind., will fine-tune their classroom skills through the Summer Math and Science Institute, facilitated by the Purdue University College of Science.

The summer institute, whose purpose is to improve classroom instruction and develop student mathematic and scientific literacy, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 -15 at Frankfort Middle School.

Teachers will learn how to incorporate problem solving and inquiry in their classroom instruction. They also will discover how to use interdisciplinary activities to address multiple academic standards. 

Teachers will then put what they learn into action at summer math/science camps that will take place from 9-11 a.m. June 26- 29. Frankfort students will attend camp at Suncrest Elementary School, and Shelbyville students will meet at Shelbyville Middle School.

The students will work with the teachers on a variety of science and math activities. Teachers will continue professional development during afternoons.

The Summer Math and Science Institute, funded by a grant from by the Indiana Department of Education, is part of a three-year Science Partnership between the College of Science K-12 Outreach program, the Community Schools of Frankfort, and Shelbyville Central Schools.

Bill Walker, College of Science K-12 Outreach director, said he is encouraged that the state recognizes the value of a strong foundation in math and science education.

"Research and academic standards reflect the growing importance scientific literacy has on our daily lives,? Walker said.  "Purdue wants to do all it can to support schools in making math and science subjects in which students enjoy and excel."

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Source: Bill Walker, (765) 494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu

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