Auburn University holding Saturday Academy in math and science for area students and parents

AUBURN –Students from five area high schools, along with their parents, will attend Auburn University’s Saturday Academy on Feb. 28 to learn more about mathematics, the sciences and college preparation. The Saturday Academy is sponsored by Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs with technical assistance provided by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

The students will participate in a science and math expo and a variety of hands-on science courses on topics such as carnivorous plants, environmental conservation, physics and geometry.

Parents will have the opportunity to discuss what it takes for students to be well prepared for postsecondary education and what they can do to encourage their children to do well in the fields of science and mathematics.

Participants for the Saturday Academy were invited from five local schools served by the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Fellows in Sciences and Mathematics for East Alabama Schools project. The schools are Beulah, Loachapoka and Smiths Station high schools in Lee County; and Booker T. Washington and Notasulga high schools in Macon County.

GK-12 Fellows in Sciences and Mathematics for East Alabama Schools project is a partnership between the National Science Foundation, Auburn University, Tuskegee University, the Lee County school system and the Macon County school district. The project sends graduate students into classrooms to assist science and mathematics teachers.

For more information about future Saturday Academies contact Crystal Johnson at (334) 844-4184 or madricj@auburn.edu. For more information about the National Science Foundation GK-12 project go to http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/odma/gk12.html.

Contact: Crystal Johnson, (334) 844-4184 (madricj@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)