RUSMP collaborates with schools, school districts, community organizations, government agencies, corporations, other departments at Rice and at other universities.
Bebras is an international initiative whose goal is to promote Informatics (or Computer Science, or Computing) and Computational Thinking especially among teachers and students of all ages, but also to the public at large by extent. The big challenge of Bebras is to organize easily accessible and highly motivating online challenges in many countries including the U.S. RUSMP was proud to be the host of the Invitational Round of the 2016 Bebras Computing Challenge that was held on October 1, 2016 on Rice University campus. Read more about this event here.
RUSMP and the Children's Museum have had a successful history of collaboration that began with the design of the museum's mathematics exhibit, Everyone Counts! Todo el Mundo Cuenta! in 1999. With National Science Foundation funding in 2004, the local exhibit was scaled into a national traveling exhibit. RUSMP 's Director serves on the Children's Museum's Education Board and on the Math Advisory Committee. RUSMP's Director of Elementary Programs serves on the Math Advisory Board.
RUSMP began its collaboration with the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) with a measurement unit for grades 3-5, Measure IT!, that it created for HCDE. RUSMP continues to collaborate with the HCDE, and most recently RUSMP's director serves on the HCDE Alternative Certification Division Advisory Committee.
RUSMP collaborates with Rice Athletics department to provide fun and educative mathematics activities for K-12 students during outreach events on Rice University campus. Visitors include students from districts across the state including Houston ISD and IDEA Schools.
RUSMP is partnering with the Rice University Department of Computer Science to create a curriculum that integrates an introduction to Python programming into a high school Geometry course. Students learn how to create interactive programs with interesting and dynamic, visual output so that students will become not merely tool users, but tool builders.
RUSMP promotes and supports the Mathematics Department’s outreach efforts. These include:
*Rice University Mathematics Circle for Houston-area students in grades 8-11
*Patterns, Math & You for Houston Independent School District students entering the 8th or 9th grade
RUSMP reviewed the alignment of the Mathematics Assessment Project Formative Assessment Lessons to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for the Southern Regional Education Board. These assessments, developed at the MARS Shell Center at the University of Nottingham, provide secondary mathematics teachers with hands-on activities designed to determine students’ understanding of a variety of mathematics concepts.
RUSMP partnered with Smarter Texas and the Texas Council for Economic Education (TCEE) and reviewed lessons for classrooms and after school programs on personal financial literacy for grades K-12 educators.