Submission Title

An Experience in Mentoring: Shaping Young Mathematical Minds

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Mathematics

Description

The Math PLUS program is a partnership between Linfield College and a local middle school which seeks to encourage more mathematics in local and regional science fairs. Linfield students are paired with middle school students to mentor science fair projects that are required to have a mathematical focus. We briefly discuss an overview of the program—its goals, structure and execution—before touching on our personal experiences as mentors for Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School students. We also provide suggestions for improvements for those looking to implement similar programs at their own institution. The program is funded by a Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant.

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An Experience in Mentoring: Shaping Young Mathematical Minds

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

The Math PLUS program is a partnership between Linfield College and a local middle school which seeks to encourage more mathematics in local and regional science fairs. Linfield students are paired with middle school students to mentor science fair projects that are required to have a mathematical focus. We briefly discuss an overview of the program—its goals, structure and execution—before touching on our personal experiences as mentors for Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School students. We also provide suggestions for improvements for those looking to implement similar programs at their own institution. The program is funded by a Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant.