The Rice University Athletic Department and RUSMP are excited to announce the 6th annual "Rice University School House Mania" on December 13th, 2018 when the Rice Men's basketball team faces St. Edwards University in Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice Athletics will provide students with the tremendous opportunity to visit Rice University's campus for not only an educational field trip, but a fun basketball game as well. Specifically, 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th- grade students are invited to participate in this memorable, exciting, and educational program!
STEM Students on the Rise isÂ a new student club dedicated to providing support and opportunities for Rice students studying in the STEM fields. Students as well as faculty and staff from Rice University and Harmony Public Schools, attended the innagural meetingÂ which took place on Monday, September 10 in Miner Lounge in the Rice Memorial Center. The club, co-sponsored by RUSMP and Harmony Public Schools, is open to all students interested in STEM.Â
RUSMP is pleased to announce our new mathematics STAAR courses especially designed for HISDâ€™s Achieve 180 Middle and High School campuses. These four-meeting, just-in-time, grade-specific courses, offered on 4 HISD early release Fridays (October 19, 2018, November 9, 2018, January 18, 2019 and February 15, 2019) at Yates High School. Teachers new to teaching these courses would greatly benefit from attending. More information and links to registration for all of the courses are available below:
Lilly Bonner, RUSMP Project Administrator, was recently honored for her 20 years of superb service to Rice University and RUSMP. Congratulations to Lilly and a huge thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for RUSMP!
RUSMP Director Anne Papakonstantinou and Executive Director Richard Parr facilitated a day-long professional development workshop for the Waltrip High School mathematics department on August 14, 2018. During this session, teachers explored the development of functions from Algebra I through Calculus. Teachers engaged in hands-on activities and rich discussions.Â Best practices for teaching functions, questioning strategies, and the appropriate use of technology were discussed.
The annual Houston Independent School District Mathematics Conference held at Milby HS on August 9, 2018 featured presentations by two Rice National Science Foundation Noyce Fellows, Patricia McMorris, math teacher and department chair at Milby High SchoolÂ and Alexander Mironychev, math teacher at Challenge Early College. Patricia gave an encore presentation of her highly acclaimed CAMT presentation, "Colorful transformations and dilations with TI-84 Calculators," to middle school teachers attending the summit. Alexander presented, "Trigonometric Proofs of Congruent Triangles."
Computer Science teachers from RUSMP's Code.org cohort attended the 2018 TeachTXCon at the University of Texas-Dallas, July 30 - August 3. The event brought together CS teachers from across the state who were members of CS teacher cohorts from each of Code.org's Texas Regional partners including RUSMP, the University of Texas STEM Center, and the Institute for Instructional Effectiveness at the University of Texas-Dallas.
Patricia McMorris, mathematics teacher and department chair at Milby High School and Rice University NSF Noyce Fellow, organized and co-taught a 3-day Math Genius Camp for incoming Milby 9th-grade students. The camp, held July 31- August 2 on the Milby campus, provided engaging mathematics activities to better prepared freshmen for advanced high school mathematics classes. The development of this camp was part of Ms. McMorris' 5-year plan as a Noyce Teaching Fellow for the improvement of mathematical instruction at her high school.
Registration is now open for RUSMP's highly-acclaimed academic-year courses: Strategies to Develop Mathematical Thinking for Student Success on STAAR for Grades 3-8 and for Algebra I and Calculus for High School Teachers.
Details for all courses appear below:
Strategies to Develop Mathematical Thinking for Student Success on STAAR: Grade 3 Mathematics (2 courses available - 2 meetings for each course)