Monday, March 21, 2016

Women in Science and Math Highlighted at Vol State Expo

There’s a nationwide push to get more women interested in math and science fields. That means getting girls involved at an early age. It will be a highlight of the 15th annual Vol State Science and Math Expo this year. There will be special sessions for girls to explore what it means to be a scientist and mathematician.

“Women in Math is an activity that recognizes distinguished women mathematicians,” said Parris Powers, assistant professor of Chemistry. “The hands-on event uses different polyhedrons and will challenge participating girls to observe geometric patterns.
From that they will be able to derive an important mathematical law.”

Girls and boys will enjoy learning with fun demonstrations that teach basic scientific principles. The Science and Math Expo will have more than fifty hands-on activities for kids and parents. There will be demonstrations covering a wide range of subjects from biology to physics. Those activities will include LEGO engineering and astronomical viewing in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Planetarium. The Expo is designed for kids from kindergarten through middle school. Many of the activities are put together by Vol State math and science students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.  This year education students joined in the projects.

“I’m excited to watch two classes of students from different disciplines collaborate, each bringing their own level of expertise to discover and create a math or science experiment,” said Dr. Penelope Duncan,  assistant professor of Early Childhood Education. “The organic chemistry students demonstrate knowledge in science inquiry and education students incorporate the instructional methods and create lesson plans- truly a team approach.”

The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

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