'Math Trail' On Baylor Campus Highlights GEAR UP Super Saturday

Nov. 22, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Waco middle school students will tackle a "trail of mathematics" across the Baylor University campus on Nov. 23, as part of GEAR UP Waco's "Math Super Saturday."

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., small groups of Baylor students and middle schoolers from Brazos Middle School, Carver Academy and Tennyson Middle School will measure, calculate and estimate everything from light poles to smoothie sizes to concert attendance. At 10:45 a.m., they will return to room 211 in the Draper Academic Building to create a product based on their problem solving to share with the group.

The "learning" doesn't stop with the students. Middle school teachers will continue their training by participating in a videoconference with teachers from Louisiana, who also do math trails with their students. The videoconference will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Draper 211.

GEAR UP Waco is a comprehensive, collaborative initiative focused on preparing at-risk students academically and socially for college. GEAR UP Waco is funded by a $6 million federal grant from the Department of Education and includes such partners as Baylor, Texas State Technical College, McLennan Community College, Communities in Schools/McLennan County Youth Collaboration, Waco I.S.D., Waco Foundation and the City of Waco.

For more information, contact Dr. Trena Wilkerson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, at (254) 710-6162.

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