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High School STEM Day Brings 300 Students to Campus

stemday2_1On February 21, 2014 the Department of Engineering and the Center for STEM Education hosted approximately 300 high school students from counties in our service area, known as High School STEM Day. These students attended various interactive STEM activities throughout the day, led by faculty from various STEM departments, such as Construction Management, Physics, Biology, Engineering, and MSITE, just to name a few. Ron Preston led a very well received session on Mathematics Education. Click for more information: High School STEM Day

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MATE Faculty & Students Amazed by MATHEMAGIC!!

Gamma FebOn Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 MATE faculty dazzled and amazed MATE students with their favorite mathemagic tricks. Dr. Schwartz began the evening with a card trick that was a difficult act to follow. However, Dr. Sinicrope’s dice demonstration continued the excitement, followed by Dr. Preston’s proof that 2=1!! Dr. Middleton read a student’s mind, and Dr. Adu-Gyamfi predicted the number of brothers and sisters for another student participant. Dr. Cayton ended the festivities with a final mind reading trick. Students not only enjoyed being a participant for each faculty mathemagic demonstration, but also pondered the mathematics underlying each. Much debate still surrounds which faculty member had the most amazing mathemagic abilities!!

The next meeting of the Gamma Student Chapter will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5-6 pm. We will be celebrating Pi Day (3/14) with K-12 classroom investigations and activities involving one of our favorite numbers ()!!

To learn more go to the Gamma Chapter website ecumatheducationclub.yolasite.com or like us on Facebook “ECU Gamma Chapter”.

For further information contact Dr. Charity Cayton (caytonc@ecu.edu) or Dr. Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (adugwamfik@ecu.edu).

MSITE Alumnus Wins Teacher of the Year

Ms. Charlene Evans, Plymouth High School Mathematics Teacher, is the Northeast Region Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Ms. Evans holds a MAED degree in Mathematics Education from ECU! Please read more about this in The Reflector at:
http://www.reflector.com/workweek/people/plymouth-high-math-teacher-honored-2259623

Family Science Night in Local School -A Blast From the Past!

Elementary Science Concentration students within the Informal Science Course this semester designed and implemented a Family Science Night for Eastern Elementary School in Pitt County.  On November 14th, Elementary Science Concentration students held a Family Science Night entitled, A Blast from the Past, in which activities focused on contributions of scientists which have impacted our world.  Examples of stations consisted of Neil Degrasse Tyson, famous astrophysicist, demonstrating discoveries of new planets through exploring a virtual telescope, Alexander Graham Bell, making and using telephones (demonstrating how sound travels), and Issac Newton, second law of motion (F=ma), using tarps to explore how much force is needed to pull students across the gym floor.  Students and parents rotated through 9 stations that evening learning of various scientists and their contributions to science.  It was a very successful night with over 140 participants (students and parents) joining us for a night of science.

Dr. Rachlin Wins Innovator Award at NCCTM

Sid accepting awardDr. Sid Rachlin, Professor of Mathematics Education, won the coveted (individual) Innovator Award for his ground breaking work in leading the state-wide effort to develop the Early Mathematics Add-on Licensure Program. Sid led a process from working with the UNC GA to organize the work; to gaining program/licensure approval from the NC State Board of Education; to leading program development (leading faculty from seven universities to develop six graduate courses); to getting eight universities to approve the courses and program with the same numbers, titles, and descriptions;  to securing funding for teachers to participate in the pilot offerings of the program.

ECU Student Wins “Student of the Year Award” at NCCTM

BlairephotoBlaire Watford, senior BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics double major, won the Eastern Region NCCTM Student of the Year award. Blaire is an outstanding student who is involved in the Gamma Chapter (student organization of NCCTM at ECU), has volunteered for a number of mathematics education service projects, is involved in several ECU service activities, and has won mathematics/mathematics education academic scholarships.

Coveted Rankin Award at NCCTM

William “Ray” Jernigan was one of three winners of the coveted Rankin Award for his numerous contributions – teacher, leader, coach, and NCCTM do-everything man.

Ray has taught for both the Department of Mathematics and for the Mathematics Education area as well as collaborating with ECU as a teacher at Farmville Central HS and as a lead facilitator for NC-PIMS.

ECU Student Presents at NCCTM Conference

Brooke presentationECU Brooke Hill presented a session on probability to high school teachers at the November 1st NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Greensboro. Brooke is working on a MAED in Mathematics Education. She received her BS in Mathematics from  ECU May 2013. Professor, Rose Sinecrope, gave her an excellent review saying, “Brooke was awesome!”

Gamma Student Chapter Experiences 3D Printing

Dr.Brown3DprintingOn Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013, Dr. Abbie Brown, a full professor in Instruction Technology, shared his knowledge of and experiences with 3D printing with mathematics education students and faculty. Dr. Brown spoke with a standing room only crowd during the monthly Gamma Student Chapter meeting. Students and faculty enjoyed getting their hands on several of Dr. Brown’s previous prints, which included a dragon, a dog, a treasure chest, an owl, and a ring. Gamma Pic 1Attendees learned about the cost of necessary materials, how 3D printing works, and potential uses of 3D printing. The conversation also included time for students to discuss applications of 3D printing for the mathematics classroom. The culmination of the presentation was a 3D printing of an ECU insignia ring.

The next meeting of the Gamma Student Chapter will be on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 from 5-6 pm. We will be Flipping the Mathematics Classroom! Please join us!!!

For further information contact Dr. Charity Cayton or Dr. Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi.

Mathematics Education Students Share Posters About NCCTM Conference

MATEposterproject3The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 31-Nov 1, 2013 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 18 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops.

On Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Approximately 50 mathematics and science education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.

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