KeriÂ Warren was awarded the 2018 We Teach CS Change Maker Award sponsored by Texas Instruments and Oracle at the WeTeach_CS Summit in Georgetown Texas on June 18. We Teach_CS is a program of the University of Texas Center for STEM Education. Keri, a participant in RUSMP's Code.org and WeTeach_CS programs was nominated by RUSMP for her commitment to computer science education. A total of four teachers are selected each year from all public, private, and charter elementary, middle or high schools in the state.
Milby High School kicked off the new Milby STEM Institute Magnet Program (MSI) with a Rice campus mathematics tour on June 6, 2018. The tour provided 13 incoming MSI freshmen with the opportunity to visit the Rice campus to participate in the Rice University School Mathematics Projectâ€˜s (RUSMP) famous mathematics tour of the campus.
The response to our June enrichment programs for rising 8th-,9th-, and 10th-Graders who will be taking Algebra I or Geometry in the fall of 2018 was huge, and parents want us to offer a new section to accommodate the students on the waiting list and other students who might also want to attend.
Carolyn White, RUSMP Director of Elementary Programs, and Susan Troutman, RUSMP Director of Secondary Programs, presented "Using Coffee Stirrers to Develop Reasoning about Geometric Shapes and Their Attributes" on Friday April 27 at the NCTM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. During this session, the 70 teachers in attendance participated in hands-on activities that would help students at all grade levels develop their geometric thinking skills.
RUSMPâ€™s Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Adem Ekmekci, presented three studies at the 2018 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) which was held in New York City April 13-17. The first study (co-authored by Dr. Alpaslan Sahin from Harmony Public Schools-HPS) was about development and validation of a self-reported 21st century skills instrument (21CSI). The results from the pilot validation phase were presented for this first study. Data collection for the main study is currently ongoing with plans to to present results at next yearâ€™s meeting in Toronto.
Nearly 200 middle and high school students from the greater Houston area attended the first Computer Science (CS) Fair hosted by Rice Universityâ€™s School MathematicsÂ Project (RUSMP) on April 18, 2018 at the Grand Hall on the Rice University Campus. The fair, part of RUSMP's outreach as a Code.org Regional Partner, was designed to further develop students interests in CS by allowing them to interact with student-developed CS projects and participate in activitiesÂ designed by organizations committed to CS education and Rice University students.Â
RUSMP is pleased to announce that Dr. Yetkin Yildirim has joined our team as our new Director of STEM Projects. In this role, Yetkin will oversee RUSMP's ever-expanding STEM presence including our STEM programs for teachers and students and our STEM collaborations with other educational organizations. Dr. Yildirim has served as the Director of the Engineering Education Research Center (EERC), where he conducted research regarding new developments in model-based learning activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. He received his Masters (1998), and Ph.D.
Two of RUSMP's National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows shared their expertise during the Building Relationships Between Teachers and Principals Conference sponsored by the Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Education Department on March 3, 2018.
There are still a limited number of spots available in RUSMPâ€™s popular June and July mathematics and computer science programs for K-12 teachers.Â
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There are a very limited number of spots available in RUSMPâ€™s summer camps at St. Markâ€™s Episcopal School and programs for students at Episcopal High School. Feel free to share the information about these super opportunities for students.Â
The Rice University School Mathematics Project is very pleased to announce our 2018 math camps and programs for students!
* One-week (5-day) math camps for students entering 2nd-grade through 6th-grade in the fall of 2018 will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal School.