Baylor Super Saturday Focuses On Math In Motion, DNA Fingerprinting

March 8, 2000

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's Center for Community Learning and Enrichment, in conjunction with the GEAR UP Waco project, will hold two Super Saturday classes on March 18 for Central Texas middle school students.

"Math in Motion" for sixth and seventh graders will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in room 207 of the Draper Academic Building on the Baylor campus. Math faculty from the Baylor School of Education and department of math will lead students in an exploration of objects in motion, using graphing calculators and motion detectors. The fee for the session is $20 and registration is required. "Math in Motion" also will be repeated on Saturday, April 29.

"Math in Motion" is part of the GEAR UP Waco's Mathematics Initiative, a project that helps students refine their skills in applied mathematics through events on the Baylor campus such as Math Super Saturdays, Math Family Nights and Math Fair.

"Exploring DNA Fingerprinting" for seventh and eighth graders will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18, at the CORD Roney Teaching Center, 324 Kelly Dr. in Waco. Led by Bonnie Rinard, a specialist in biology and environmental studies at CORD, the session is designed to help students learn techniques of gel electrophoresis and how they apply in areas, such as forensics, criminology and agriculture. The session cost is $20, plus a $5 lab and materials fee. Registration is required.

For more information on Super Saturdays, call the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment at 710-2171.

GEAR UP Waco is a partnership funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help middle school students prepare early for college. In addition to Baylor, which administers the $6 million grant awarded to the project last summer, GEAR UP Waco partners include Texas State Technical College, McLennan Community College, Waco I.S.D., Communities in Schools/McLennan County Youth Collaboration, the City of Waco and the Waco Foundation. GEAR UP Waco serves as a community catalyst to assure an increase in students who pursue advanced and enrichment courses, pass the state exam and continue their education beyond the high school level. For more information on GEAR UP Waco, contact Matt Williams, project director, at 710-4975

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