Incoming freshmen put math, science education into action
Choose Ohio First Director Briana Hervet (left) hears firsthand about Math and Science Education in Action students' bridge program activities.
A group of 29 future math and science teachers got a big head start this summer when they spent five weeks on campus studying hands-on approaches to teaching. Fantasy baseball and Sudoku all became material for developing lessons that will engage children and make learning stick.
The mood in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom Aug. 6 was exuberant as the Math and Science Education in Action Program students welcomed their parents to campus, wrapping up their adventure with a luncheon and poster presentation.
"I'm so pleased with how they've grown," said Dr. Barbara Moses, director of the program and a mathematics faculty member. The summer bridge program also helped the students get to know one another and the campus. The group, which got to move in early, will mostly be housed in Offenhauer West.
"It's been a blessing and awesome that we got to create this family before school starts in the fall," said participant Casey Shipley of Columbus, who will major in middle childhood math and science education. "This program will really help us succeed."
"We've had the greatest set of faculty working on this project," Moses said. Twenty-five faculty from mathematics, science and education delivered the content and pedagogy lessons each day and even accompanied the ACTION students on their many field trips.
The incoming freshmen are recipients of substantial, four-year scholarships through the program, which is part of the Choose Ohio First initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents. "The goal is advancing the needs of the state in terms of math and science teachers through innovative, distinctive programs," said Briana Hervet, Choose Ohio First director, who attended the luncheon and fair.
"We want to make sure they're well prepared both in content and in teaching. The success of these students will lead to the success of the next generation of Ohio citizens, and we hope will encourage them to stay in Ohio," Hervet said.
President Carol Cartwright (left) and Dr. Julie Barnes (center), associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, present an honorary Doctor of Art degree to Mary Beckinsale, longtime director of BGSU's Studio Art Centers International.
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Kayleigh Williams of Bucyrus moves her tassel to signify the transition to alumna during commencement Aug. 7. Williams graduated summa cum laude in the College of Technology.
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