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Hot ALPHA Center Summer Programs

The ALPHA Center at UC Riverside Helps Keep Teachers, Students Sharp This Summer

Honing Mathematics Skills Gives Students, Teachers the Edge

(May 22, 2003)

GEMS participants during scavenger hunt in the 2002 Summer program

GEMS participants during scavenger hunt in the 2002 Summer program

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —— The ALPHA Center at the University of California, Riverside will host three programs this summer, two serving middle school students and the third designed for middle- and high-school mathematics teachers. The Programs include:

• June 23 through July 3: The Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence (MATE) AT Granite Hill Elementary School in the Jurupa Unified School District from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MATE is an intensive program for 5th through 12th grade teachers, which connects university faculty and research with the talents and vision of teachers to address students’ mathematical needs. Participating teachers learn interactive classroom approaches with algebra forming the core of the program. Because understanding algebra is key to entering college, it is presented as a relevant, interesting life skill and a necessary foundation for more advanced mathematics.

• July 7 through July 18: The MATE at UC Riverside will host teachers from various local school districts in this intensive program for 5th through 12th grade teachers. Algebra will be at the core of the five-week program, presented as a relevant, interesting life skill necessary for more advanced mathematics.

• July 21 through July 25: Girls Excelling in Mathematics with Success (GEMS) at UC Riverside is a weeklong summer academy from 9 a.m. to noon for girls entering 7th and 8th grades. The focus is on mathematics as it relates to college and business. The program’s goal is to equip girls entering middle school with knowledge about mathematics, about community service, and about mentoring and supporting one another. A second GEMS program is scheduled Aug. 4 through 8 in the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Middle School.

• July 21 through July 25: Healthy Body-Healthy Mind at UC Riverside is a weeklong summer program for middle school students, which helps develop a well-rounded person by balancing the roles of health, education, fitness, nutrition and a positive mental attitude. Students will learn about how mathematics relates to health, and how physical education relates to a healthy lifestyle, self-motivation and character development. The program is designed to stimulate the participants’ awareness and sense of exploration through interesting, motivational activities that inform and challenge the body and mind.

For details about these and other interesting ALPHA Center programs, call (909) 787-5425 or visit the center Web site. For information about MATE, email program director Shirley Roath. For information about GEMS, email program coordinator Mary Eggers-Simons.



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