A summer math and science institute formed in partnership between Scott County Schools, the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses attempts to answer an age-old question raised by nearly every student in history. “When will I ever use this?”
Participation was offered to math and science teachers in grades 4-12. The training opportunity is two-part and includes both professional development focused on the instructional application of math and engineering practices as well as dialogue with local businesses where the content and practices are regularly applied.
Recently, nine teachers participated in the math institute visiting TMMK, Vuteq, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) Advanced Manufacturing Center, and Country Boy Brewing. The science institute will take place June 20-23 and will include visits to Georgetown Community Hospital, Minova Americas, Country Boy Brewing, and Spade Pipeline/GeoScience. Eight teachers are scheduled to participate in the science institute.
“This experience provides teachers relevant, field-based experiences in math and science,” stated Maurice Chappell, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning. The objective is to improve college and career readiness for students and increase student engagement as well as connect teachers with local business and industry partners that can serve as content experts and mentors.
“The Math and Science Institute, initiated this year, was a great first step in developing relationships with the private sector, in particular, our Scott County employers,” stated Chamber Director Jack Conner. “Participating businesses are very excited by the program and opportunities for the future.”
Students and teachers benefit richly from the support of our business community and we are thankful to BCTC, Country Boy, Georgetown Community Hospital, Minova Americas, Space Pipeline/Geoscience, TMMK, and Vuteq, as well as the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce, for their partnership with the institute this summer and commitment to education in Scott County.
Photo by Frank Howatt
Teachers visit local businesses during the math institute. Nicole Ryan, Carolyn Gates, Amanda Mullins, (back row) Kristin Gerton, Ashley Isaacs, Kim Kyle, Tiffany Wells, Dana Young, and Meagan Wilhite learn how to apply math concepts in a real-world setting from Jamie Smith and Don Bresiger at Vuteq.