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Study says values taught in public schools

Study says values taught in public schools

(July 25, 2001)

Members of the media are invited to the University of California, Riverside-supported free, summer mathematics academy for girls entering middle school in September, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 10 at La Quinta Middle School, 78-900 Avenue 50, La Quinta.

The program, dubbed Girls Excelling in Mathematics Successfully (GEMS), will involve about 50 students who are preparing to enter seventh grade in September.

The ALPHA Center at UCR is sponsoring the event, which includes:

Monday, Aug. 6: String art that illustrates the geometric principals behind parabolas.

Tuesday, Aug. 7: Students will begin designing posters based on their lives and the important mentors who have helped them. The focus is on building self-esteem.

Wednesday, Aug. 8: Students will work on tessellating or mosaics, string art, and the geometric principals behind those projects.

Thursday, Aug. 9: Students will complete their self-esteem posters.

Friday, Aug. 10: Activities with parent and mentors from UCR, followed by a Graduation Ceremony.

GEMS is designed to spark girls' interest in mathematics- and science-related careers by showing that mathematics can be interesting and relevant to life, said Pamela Clute, director of the ALPHA Center.

Program leaders anticipate the GEMS academy will motivate girls to pursue mathematics and science courses in school and consider careers that are mathematically based, she added.

The curriculum includes mathematics literacy, algebra and geometry for career success, critical thinking and problem solving techniques, the role of mathematics in business, and the history of successful women inventors, business owners and leaders.

Students will receive daily snacks, duffel bags, books, T-shirts, water bottles, and items needed for the day's activities.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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