Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A new science and mathematics outreach program will be launched at the University of West Georgia on Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, for teachers, children and parents.
Improving, Motivation, Performance, and Attitudes of Children and Teachers, or IMPACT, offers a wide range of fun and educational courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to children and educators in grades K-8.
IMPACT will get children and educators excited about math and science by hands-on learning that will encourage creative thinking and develop problem solving skills.
The children's program is scheduled for six Saturdays throughout the school year and in two weeklong sessions during the summer.
The teacher's program includes development of science kits with individual exploration of student interests, teaching tools and learning resources to use in their classrooms.
All sessions will be led by knowledgeable university scientists, experienced science educators and passionate students who are committed to enhancing teaching and learning of science and mathematics in the West Georgia region.
The Community Foundation of West Georgia, on behalf of the Alice Huffard Richards Fund, awarded $100,000 to UWG for the IMPACT program. To kick off the program, there are two free IMPACT sessions scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.
Master of exciting demonstrations and professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, will show the audience that science and math are fun in the first IMPACT sessions.
The remaining sessions have a registration fee of $5 for each child. All registration fees will be refunded in the form of science kit awards during a celebration event at the end of the program.