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Innovative math workshop gets grant to expand program

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A math workshop designed in upstate New York has received 120-thousand-dollars grant to advance the   model nationally.

The Rochester Institute of Technology – or RIT’s - annual Summer Mathematics Institute Teachers’ Workshop aims to pass on strong stories about math in the real world to high school teachers.

The workshops bring together teachers to hear how professionals use math in a range of careers ranging from baseball to counter-terrorism, engineering and cancer research.

The hope is that as teachers pass on those real-life examples more students will consider careers in the STEM fields.

Director of RIT’s summer mathematics institute David Ross says when teachers know what kinds of careers math can lead to, it’s a good way to get students excited.

“Our idea is that if teachers stay apprised of the uses of the material that they’re teaching, they’ll be able to convey that to the students, you know, sort of hitting things at the top level. And that seems to be working well.”

The additional funding will be used to spread the program to three more universities next year, all still to be determined.

After that, Ross says he hopes it continues to expand across the nation.