25 July 2006
Riley Kicks Off Math, Science Program
JSU's site is one of 11 around the state this summer showing more than 2,400 teachers how to improve math and science education
this summer. Tanya Barnes, AMSTI site coordinator at JSU, said teachers will collect water at Germania Springs to test its
clarity. They'll limbo to learn to calculate the area under a curve, bake cookies to learn how bakeries turn a profit and
design a Ferris wheel to learn about physics.
“Math and science are a little less intimidating when you're using a Ferris wheel,” Barnes said.
Teachers return to their schools with about $3,500 in tools for new methods.
A study released last year by the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development ranked the United States 20th out of 41 developed nations in mathematical proficiency of
15-year-olds. At the welcome ceremony, state Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said AMSTI will make American
students more competitive in a global economy.
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