College Math Day Introduces 11th and 12th Graders to College Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-07-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Lori Holcombe
Center for Math and Science Education
530-898-4175

Sixty 11th and 12th graders from 10 area high schools will participate in College Math Day on Friday, Nov. 16 at California State University, Chico. The day, sponsored by the Center for Math and Science, is designed to interest students in studying math at the university level.

The students will attend math presentations in the morning on problem solving, statistics, number theory or some other facet of college mathematics. In the afternoon, they will compete in a problem-solving event.

The day is designed not only for the top students, but for all students interested in math, especially those who may need a nudge to see themselves as math students in college. The leaders encourage teachers to look to under-represented groups for student attendee candidates.

“The participants get to experience a day of fun mathematics in a college setting. It is our hope that many of these students will be encouraged to come to Chico State to study mathematics,” said Lori Holcombe, Center for Math and Science Education. “Our Chico State student volunteers have an opportunity to interact and encourage high school students. They say it often rekindles their own motivation to succeed.”

For more information, call the Center for Math and Science Education at 530-898-6111 or Holcombe at 530-898-4175.

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the understanding of mathematics and science at all age levels. The center serves educators and students throughout Northern California.

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