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Monday, October 07, 2013 - Math Camps bring STEM fields to precollege students
By Eric Reikowski, media relations assistant


Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics – the so-called STEM fields – are the building blocks of many rewarding 21st-century careers. 

As part of an ongoing community-wide effort to promote STEM-based education, Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science will host a series of mathematics camps aimed at highly motivated precollege students.

The sessions employ a “flipped classroom” teaching approach, which features a combination of lecture and hands-on problem solving. Along with quantitative skills, each course covers job-related topics, including communication skills, networking, teamwork, resume writing, professional etiquette, and time and resource management.

“Math is a key foundation for engineering,” said Dr. Lorenzo Smith, professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Those students who have a mastery of math tend to be those who are most able to solve complex engineering and science problems. These workshop courses are specifically designed for serious college-bound students who are seeking additional reinforcement or new material that will challenge their minds."

Pending sufficient enrollment, courses are offered in the following subjects:

  • Algebra I 
  • Algebra II 
  • Calculus I
  • Linear Algebra
  • Plane Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
The five-week workshops will take place on Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. The dates are as follows:

  • October 19 and 26
  • November 2, 9 and 16

The courses are open to students in grades 7-12 who have demonstrated success in mathematics. The admissions process, which is highly selective, involves consideration of math GPA and teacher recommendations. Students must bring in a recommendation letter, from a teacher, confirming their GPA, on the first day of class. Each course costs $100.

For additional information, visit the website at oakland.edu/SECS/outreach. To register, click here. Contact a representative for more information at SECSOutreach@oakland.edu.

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