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ALPHA Programs Provide Summer Learning Opportunities

ALPHA Programs Provide Summer Learning Opportunities

The programs incorporate science, mathematics and fun.

(June 29, 2005)

Students take part in the 2004 Healthy Body Healthy Minds program.

Students take part in the 2004 Healthy Body Healthy Minds program.

UC Riverside’s ALPHA Center will offer a host of programs designed to keep middle school students and their teachers engaged in the learning process this summer.

The popular programs, which filled up quickly and attracted some of the area's top students, are designed to provide a hands-on approach to learning about mathematics and science.

Girls Excelling in Mathematics with Success (GEMS) is a mathematics and esteem building program for seventh- and eighth-grade girls. The program provides a stimulating environment aimed at increasing their interest and understanding of mathematics, especially as it relates to college, science and technology. Participants will also learn about community service and will meet successful women role models. The Riverside-area program will be held 1-4 p.m., July 25-29 at UCR’s Student Recreation Center. A Desert-area GEMS program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 18-22 at the UCR Palm Desert Campus. For more information contact Shirley Roath or call (951) 827-2963.

The Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence (MATE) program brings fourth through 12th-grade teachers from the Jurupa Unified School District and the UCR P-16 partnership with San Bernardino to UCR to take part in eight-hands-on learning environment to help improve their content knowledge and teaching skills in the area of mathematics. Teachers are reintroduced to mathematics concepts and given strategies on how to effectively engage their students in learning. The Riverside-area program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 28-July 8 at UCR’s Student Recreation Center. A Desert-area program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 18-22. For more information contact Linda Rankin or call (951) 827-5425.

Through Alias, a team of UCR professors, pair up with 15 teachers and 75 students from the Jurupa Unified School District to create inquiry science-based projects and laboratory/career experiences. The overarching aim in these activities is to build student awareness and motivation for advanced courses in science. The program will be held 9 a.m. to noon, June 27-July 1 at Sky Country Elementary School, 5520 Lucretia Ave. in Mira Loma. For more information contact Kathleen Bocian or call (951) 827-3578.

Another program, Healthy Body Healthy Minds, for boys and girls who are entering seventh or eighth grade, is designed to stimulate awareness and exploration through activities that are motivational, enlightening and challenging to the body and mind. Participants will learn about mathematics as it relates to health, physical education as it relates to a healthy lifestyle, as well as self-motivation and character development. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., July 25-29 at the UCR Student Recreation Center. For program information contact Linda Rankin at (951) 827-5425.

The ALPHA Center, UCR’s primary K-12 outreach arm, was established in 1998 to increase the historically low rate of college-qualified high school graduates from inland Southern California and, once enrolled in college, to ensure their success. Student and teacher-based ALPHA programs have reached more than 119,400 students, 9,900 teachers and 845 administrators and impacted approximately 190 schools in Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and eastern Los Angeles counties.

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