GGC Mathematics in Action Scholars Program receives grant

A $6,000 grant from the Mathematical Association of America’s Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant program will fund the GGC Mathematics in Action (MiA) Scholars Program for middle-school students for its second year. 
 
GGC's School of Science and Technology (SST) sponsors this summer enrichment program for students entering 6th through 8th grades. Taught by GGC mathematics faculty, the MiA Scholars program uses real-world problems to introduce students to mathematically rich, open-ended interdisciplinary problems. The grant will allow the college to partner with Gwinnett County Public Schools in continuing and extending the program this summer. 
 
GGC’s week-long MiA Scholars program will accept as many as 48 academically talented or highly motivated middle-schoolers from Gwinnett County and other surrounding counties. This age group is critical to the future of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 
 
“Middle-schoolers are important to the future of STEM disciplines because their curiosity and motivation are at a peak,” said Alvina Atkinson, assistant dean and associate professor of mathematics. “The MiA Scholars Program is designed to encourage students to hold fast to their growing interest in the field of mathematics by letting their curiosity lead the way.”
 
There will be two MiA Scholars Program sessions, June 2–6 and June 9–13. This year’s activities will include using the mathematics of finance to develop financial literacy; using geometric axioms to explore real-life problems; learning about connections between mathematics and “magic” and game theory. 
 
Scholars are supervised and taught by GGC faculty and staff, with a faculty mentor/scholar ratio of 1:12. Student mentors from GGC will provide additional assistance. The program is coordinated by Atkinson and Natasha Brewley, assistant professor of mathematics.
 
“We had great success with the program last year and we are excited that it has been positively received by the Gwinnett County community,” said Brewley. “With the support of the Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant, we will continue to excite our young people about mathematics and its connections to other disciplines.”
 
For more information or to register a student for the program, visit www.ggc.edu/mia.
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