During the Summer of 2013, the Mathematics Department conducted its second Summer Academy. The Summer Academy 2013 was designed to expose students to the beauty of mathematics and to show them that learning mathematics is enjoyable experience.

The Summer Academy titled “Summer Academy in Geometry and Technology 2013” was one of the two parallel one-week long workshops designed for two groups of students. One is for 4-6 grade students and the other is designed for 6-9 grade students. While the Summer Academy gave opportunity for students to learn mathematical concepts through hands-on and outdoor activities, the accompanying professional development workshop titled “Teaching Geometry with Common Core Practices” gave opportunity for elementray and secondary school teachers to collaboratively learn how to engage and interest students in the learning process through discussions and observations of student activities.

There were 22 elementary school students and 27 middle school students and 26 teachers participated in these workshops while two Mathematics Department faculty and five teacher leaders served as instructors with the help of two undergraduate student assistants and four high school student volunteers. Workshop components included learning mathematics through debates and explorations, constructions, scavenger hunts, and water plays. Also, learning to use mathematical software such as GeoGerba and Google Sketchup was a part of the experience. Comments collected at the end of the workshop showed that the students have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and learned a lot in the process.

Summer Academy 2013 slideshow

Summer academy 2013 flyer
On the last day of the five-day workshop, students gave a presentation to the teachers of the parallel teacher professional development workshop. These are the student presentations…
Each day of the five-day workshop, students learned geometry by debating with each other and coming to consensus on various geometric concepts. These lessons were observed by teachers to learn how to make students engaged and interested in learning mathematics. These three videos are the selected clips from the lessonS on different days of the workshop…
Parallel to the Summer Academy, a weeklong teacher professional development workshop titled “Teaching Geometry with Common Core Practices 2013” was held. While the Summer Academy gave opportunity for students to learn mathematical concepts through hands-on and outdoor activities, the accompanying professional development workshop gave opportunity for middle school and high school teachers to collaboratively learn how to engage and interest students in the learning process through discussions and observations of demonstration classes. To learn more please go to “teacher professional development workshop 2013"
On the last day of the five-day workshop, students and teacher participants were interviewed to gain their perspective of the experience. These are some of these interviews…