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Carroll Community College Students Mentor Shiloh Middle School Students

Release Date: 10/1/2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Students Mentor Shiloh Middle School Students

Westminster, Md., More than 20 Carroll Community College students, along with five faculty and staff members, will generate excitement about studying mathematics by engaging Shiloh Middle School students in a morning of fun and interactive mathematics activities. Middle school students will benefit from the expertise shared by the college students, while the college students will receive hands-on experience with the educational process.

Carroll students who take mathematics and science classes and students who major in education will work with well over 200 middle school students in more than ten classrooms from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5th.  The college students will rotate every fifteen minutes to a new group of middle school students.

"I am thrilled to see our college students serving as role models to middle school students by encouraging them to consider mathematics as part of their future career planning," said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo.

"My impression of this project is that students see a connection between what they may wish to do in the future to where to go to learn how. They realize they will grow older, go to college, and can choose a career in this field. The hands-on experience in this project helps students set goals for the future," said James Carver, principal of Shiloh Middle School.

"The concentration in this collaborative effort is on mathematics," said Maria Burness, department chair of Mathematics at Carroll.  "Our students have pre-assigned work that they will take with them.  An example is to compare simple and compound interest bank accounts."

"Another example is to show how ratios are important in chemistry, such as in production of slime, super balls and lava lamps, which middle school students will also make," said Anne Davis, department chair of Sciences at Carroll.

"The Shiloh Middle School project is another great opportunity for our math and science Education majors to work first-hand with students as well as interact with teaching professionals.  The Education faculty and students are very excited about this partnership!" said Susan Sies, department chair of Education at Carroll.

Parents will also be invited to observe the student interaction. "We want parents to encourage their children to see the value of mathematics in the fields that specialize in science, technology, engineering, and other math-related fields," said Vicki Weiland, mathematics teacher at Shiloh Middle School.

Note: Parents of students in Shiloh Middle School who are interested in attending this event may contact the middle school.






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