Monday, July 29, 2013
The University of West Georgia is working with the Boys and Girls Club of Carrollton to increase excitement and knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics. In June 2013, UWG’s IMPACT grant, which stands for Improving Motivation, Performance, and Attitudes of Children and Teachers, or IMPACT, partially funded approximately 100 members of the Boys and Girls Club of Carrollton to participate in a two-week program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
IMPACT, now in its fifth year, is funded by the Alice H. Richards Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of West Georgia, Inc. The goal of the program is to help children and educators get excited about math and science by incorporating hands-on learning that stimulates creative thinking and problem solving skills. This is the second consecutive year that IMPACT has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Carrollton, and in 2013, the program has had an increased focus on underserved students in the Carrollton community. This year, a key component of the program was also a gift from the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Foundation, Inc. Bennett Brown III was in attendance and also catered and served barbecue for the attendees on the first day of the program.
“I am so appreciative for the financial support that we have received over the years to bring hands-on math and science to kids in Carroll County,” said Alison Ayers, IMPACT director and UWG UTeach Master Teacher. “It’s been fun and it is rewarding to see students learn and have fun at the same time.”
The program’s mission to improve students’ motivation, attitudes toward learning and performance skills through collaborative and inquiry-based instruction aligns well with that of the Boys and Girls Club “to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive, and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve great futures.” The program’s ideas are also in agreement with those of the National Science Teachers Association who support inquiry science as an essential part of the daily curriculum for all elementary school students.
Each lesson, designed by UWG faculty and successful K-12 teachers, is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards while integrating rigorous science and math content with real-life applications. All IMPACT sessions incorporate three instructional strategies including applied learning, cooperative learning and technology.
For more information about the UWG’s College of Science and Mathematics, please visit www.westga.edu/cosm.
Photo 1: Bennett Brown III and Kelly Musick, IMPACT worker and former educator, assist a student in a demonstration.