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Mathematics Camps to Open

Girls’ Mathematics Camps at UC Riverside
And Palm Desert Open in July and August

A Few Slots Remain for the UC Riverside and Palm Desert Middle School Camps

(July 8, 2003)

GEMS participants put geometry to work.

GEMS participants put geometry to work.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — (— Space is available at two free summer mathematics camps for middle-school girls, who can show good grades. The camps begin July 21 at the University of California, Riverside, and Aug. 4 at Palm Desert Middle School. The ALPHA Center at UC Riverside sponsors both weeklong camps. For more information about space availability, contact Linda Rankin at the ALPHA Center at (909) 787-5425 or by email (see below).

Both camps are part of the Girls Excelling in Mathematics with Success (GEMS) program designed for girls entering grades 7 and 8. To participate, girls must have a teacher’s recommendation or present a copy of their latest grade report showing good grades.

The UC Riverside GEMS camp is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., July 21-25 at the Student Recreation Center at Linden Street and Aberdeen Drive. Shirley Roath of the ALPHA Center will teach the Riverside program.

The Palm Desert GEMS camp is scheduled from 9a.m. to noon, Aug. 4-8 at Palm Desert Middle School, 74200 Rutledge Way in Palm Desert. UC Riverside mathematics lecturer and ALPHA Center Executive Director Pamela Clute, as well as public school teacher Nettie Roberts, will teach the Palm Desert program.

GEMS stresses mathematics as an interesting and relevant career pursuit. It emphasizes the importance of community service and of successful women role models to encourage more girls to prepare for and pursue mathematics-based careers.

Participants not only hear lectures about mathematics but also do hands-on projects that apply what they’ve learned. They hear from women role models in business and science who have used mathematics to advance in their careers. Participants also learn that knowledge goes hand in hand with confidence, positive attitude and an appreciation of on another.

The ALPHA Center was established in 1998 to increase the historically low rate of college-qualified high school graduates from inland Southern California, and to ensure their success once enrolled.

ALPHA Center staff attacked the problem through a three-pronged approach: First, assist students who need help getting into or excelling in college; second, train teachers to better master their subjects; and third, research how students learn and which teaching methods are most effective.

The ALPHA Center now runs nearly 90 programs, which have reached about 84,000 students, 6,700 teachers and 400 administrators at more than 150 school sites in Riverside, San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties.



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