Sep 14, 2017
Teach Elementary School is looking for 3-4 Cal Poly students to volunteer to coach a MathCounts team for some strong 6th grade math students (and perhaps some exceptional 4th and 5th grade students). MathCounts (https://www.mathcounts.org/) is a competition series designed to get students to develop their problem-solving ability, rather than to hone specific techniques explained by an instructor, and it is aimed at grades 6-8. MathCounts provides coaching materials and curriculum and many other resources (including online collaboration tools). This year’s competition kit will be released November 1, and regional competitions are held throughout February.
The Cal Poly students would be responsible for
Curricula and materials developed for this program could also be used as a basis for a senior project. Additionally, participation in this program will provide excellent classroom and curriculum-development experience, making it a great resume-builder!
- Preparing and running an elective course at Teach as a warm-up activity. The course would run on Thursdays from 1:30-2:45, starting on September 28, and would likely contain around 12 elementary students. The Cal Poly students will introduce basic probability (counting techniques, etc) in the context of games and other fun problem-solving activities, perhaps also incorporating some geometry. (All necessary resources for these activities can be drawn from MathCounts materials from previous years.) The elective course would run on the last Thursday of September and all four Thursdays in October.
- On Wednesday of the next week (Nov. 1), the 2017 MathCounts kit is released. At this point, the Cal Poly students will hold a weekly after-school meeting to train for the competition. The meeting will be 2:50-3:50 on a day other than Monday. These meetings do not need to run for the full hour, but should occur in that window.
- The emphasis should be on having fun with mathematics!
Jul 31, 2017
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is seeking motivated, creative people for a yearlong apprenticeship in informal science education. This program includes hands-on experience through a paid internship as a member of MOXI’s floor staff team, four quarters of instruction in informal science education through UC Santa Barbara, and opportunities to interact with a diverse group of learners of all ages in a variety of settings on the museum floor, Interactive Media Theater, Exploration Lab, Innovation Workshop makerspace, and offsite at local schools, youth organizations, and public events. Apprentices also learn to develop facilitation strategies and NGSS-aligned curriculum, conduct program evaluations, train volunteer floor staff, and generate creative, innovative ideas for informal science learning. For more information about the MOXI Apprenticeship in Informal Science Education, please visit – http://www.moxi.org/apprentice.
Jun 15, 2016
TeAMS teacher assistant and liberal studies sophomore Emily Harrison in front of lockers at Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande.
This post has been paid for by the Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education, and does not reflect the editorial coverage of Mustang News.
It’s a Friday afternoon and recess has officially commenced at Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande. Gaggles of middle-schoolers litter the locker-lined hallways, as Cal Poly liberal studies sophomore Emily Harrison navigates her way through the crowd to Ms. Mejia’s seventh grade math classroom. Here, Harrison is a Teacher Assistants in Mathematics and Science (TeAMS) participant, a paid early field experience for K-12 STEM teachers. Read more...
Aug 28, 2015
The Robert Noyce Scholars program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded (DUE 1239827) program to provide scholarships to students who are committed to teaching mathematics and science in high need school districts upon the completion of the credential program at Cal Poly. The main goal of the program is to increase the number of teachers with strong science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) content knowledge in high need school districts. The Cal Poly Noyce Scholars Program offers two scholarship options--a $10,000 scholarship for science teachers and a $12,000 scholarship for mathematics teachers.
2017-18 Scholarship Requirements:
All junior and senior science and engineering majors may apply for the Science Noyce scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship provided during the 2017-18 academic year. Some students may be eligible for up to two years of funding. Applications are due online on Friday October 7, 2016.
Scholarship recipients must:
- Commit to teach science for two years in a high need K-12 school district
- Participate in monthly Noyce Seminars during 2016-17 and 2017-18
- Participate in STEM Teacher and Researcher Program (STAR) or equivalent paid “teacher-researcher” opportunity prior to completion of science teaching credential
Application forms and instructions will be posted here soon. Please check back!
Download an informational flyer about the Science Noyce Scholarship (PDF, 128 KB)
Need more information? Please email email@example.com.
Learn more about the 2nd Annual Cal Poly Noyce STAR Retreat that took place in July 2015.