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Eighth-graders get pumped up about math, science

News Release — 4 February 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - About 110 eighth-graders and 11 teachers will converge on The University of Texas at Arlington Fort Worth Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, to pour into math and science.

The Math and Science Retreat aims to engage those Riverside Middle School students in math and science activities, increase interest in those subjects, encourage them to study those disciplines at higher levels, show them the everyday importance of those studies, and urge them to attend college after graduating from high school.

Students will play math and science games to spur that interest in those subjects. One activity will be deciding whether the Statue of Liberty's nose is too long. Another activity has students deciding which size television is the right size for a certain room.

The retreat is a joint effort among Rotary Club of Fort Worth, the Riverside Middle School, the Science Dean's Office, the Fort Worth Center and the Mathematics Department. The retreat will be partially funded by the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, with a Tensor-Summa grant provided to the Mathematics Department by the Mathematical Association of America, and with additional funds from the College of Science.

E-mail Dr. Tuncay Aktosun at aktosun@uta.edu or visit this Web site for more information.

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