Wayne State University to conduct fun-filled math lesson for elementary students
Wayne State University’s Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics has been invited by Detroit City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. to give a special fun-filled math lesson in advanced topics to a group of fifth graders during their Summer Learning Academy at Bagley Elementary School.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m.
Bagley Elementary School is located at 8100 Curtis in Detroit, MI.
Parking: Fenced in parking lots are available on Greenlawn and Roselawn sides of the Bagley Elementary School building.
Wayne State University’s Center for Excellence and Equity is home to the highly acclaimed WSU Math Corps, a combined academic and mentoring program for Detroit public school students in grades 5-12. “Since its founding in 1992, the Math Corps has always been about making a difference and changing lives,” explains WSU Professor Steve Kahn, director of the center. To serve those goals, all students in the Math Corps receive formal instruction in both basic mathematics and advanced topics. The instructors visiting Bagley will introduce the students to two of these advanced topics: the Bridges of Konigsberg problem, which explores graph theory, and the 3n+1 Phenomenon, which is part of number theory.
The Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics is a research and educational center with a two-fold mission: to find ways to significantly improve the quality of K-12 and introductory college-level mathematics instruction and to use mathematics as a tool to provide students from inner cities and underrepresented minority groups with the educational and lifetime opportunities that all students deserve. The guest lesson at Bagley Elementary School provides the chance to connect with new students, educators and community leaders.
“As community leaders, we must encourage students to develop problem solving skills to compete in this global economy,” said Detroit City Council President Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. “I fully support a program that generates interest for our children in math and emphasizes the importance of math concepts in our daily lives."
Wayne State University is a premier urban research university offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 31,000 students.
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