Sunday , April 14 2024

Center AIMS to Get Students Interested in Math, Science

 
Researchers at the new "AIMS" center at Fresno Pacific University hope to inspire a new generation to embrace science and math.
The center’s director, Lori Hamada, sat down with KSEE24 Sunrise Anchor Carina Corral to talk about the project’s goals:
Lori Hamada: "Our goal is to take the time to find research that will actually impact the lives of students and find a way to bring that to the teachers here in the valley. Pretty much through the graduate students who we work with through the Fresno Pacific Master’s program."
Carina Corral: "And then who will then pass it on to their students."
Lori: "Exactly."
Carina: "Can you give us some examples of some of the work that will be happening?"
Lori: "So we’re very new. We just launched July 1. Our first research project is happening now. We’re working with first and second graders in identifying how they count, how they approach counting, which impacts how they learn to add, subtract, eventually multiply and divide. And so were working in Kepler Elementary and so we’re trying to replicate that research right now before we take it to teachers."
Carina: "It’s so fascinating- my husband and I were just having this conversation- because not all students learn the same way and they don’t even learn the same way we’re still teaching them, kind of the old ways. They’re minds are evolving, as we all are, and so it’s so important to keep up on results like this on how we should go forward teaching students."
Lori: "And it’s hard to identify all this stuff. As a teacher you don’t have time to really take the time to read the research to find out what would really impact my students, not impact my students, and at the AIM Center we hope to do that for the teachers, really cull through it all, figure it out and then help them to implement it."
Carina: "Very interesting and so important in this day and age because when this first and second graders and even high schoolers go out into the real world these are the jobs that are going to be lucrative, these are the jobs that they’re going to want to go after."
Lori: "We hope to absolutely help teachers to inspire their students to develop a love of math and science that will then take them on to their bachelor degrees and hopefully they’ll want to get a STEM degree and then they’ll come back here to the valley and take these jobs that are not being filled right now."
Carina: "And what types of jobs are you hoping to fill through this type of learning."
Lori: "Engineering jobs, programming jobs, there are ag jobs, jobs in business. All of these jobs take STEM, which is science, technology, engineering and math, and if students don’t love math and science they don’t go on in math and science."

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