Math and Science Day Inspires Middle School Students

Area middle school students learn about career and academic opportunities in math and science through program at Montclair State

Photo: Mike Peters

Kayla Serrano, a student from Kearny's Franklin Middle School prepares a section of an ice core for analysis in the Math and Science Day workshop, “Exploring Antarctica.”

Two hundred students from middle schools in Kearny and Lyndhurst recently spent a day at Montclair State University to experience interactive math and science presentations at the College of Science and Mathematics’ (CSAM) second Math and Science Day. Part of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program, Math and Science Day offers the students hands-on, age-appropriate learning opportunities designed to increase their interest in math and science.

Lead by Montclair State faculty and graduate students, a wide array of student-friendly presentations and workshops were offered at the event, including:

  • “Jump Rope Arithmetic,” presented by Jonathan Cutler
  • “The Segway,” presented by Dean Hamden
  • “Amphibian Diversity,” presented by Lisa Hazard
  • “Q & A with a Veterinarian,” presented by Bruce Henderson of Valley Animal Hospital, Clifton
  • “Fractals,” presented by Marie McCrary
  • “Fossils and Minerals” presented by Greg Pope
  • “Seeing the Unseen: Spectral Imaging Reveals Secrets,” presented by Stefan Robila
  • “Alpine Aromatics, Piscataway, Fragrance Intelligence,” presented by Sean Rodriguez
  • “Liquid Crystals and Ferrofluids,” presented by Katarzyna Sieminska
  • “Harry Potter Genetics,” presented by Barbara Soares
  • “Why is it so hard to lose weight?” presented by Diana Thomas
  • “Ferrofluids,” presented by David Trubatch
  • “Unlocking the Secrets of Cell Signaling,” presented by Quinn Vega
  • “Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio,” presented by Michael Wilson
  • “Exploring Antarctica,” presented by Cathleen Dale
  • “Making Ice Cream,” presented by Sejal Dave and Carolina Soares
  • “Your Chromosome Story,” presented by Ann Marie DiLorenzo
  • “Chemistry Mystery,” presented by Lynn English
  • “Chemistry Magic,” presented by Nina Goodey
  • “What if Planets Were Cubes?” presented by Daniela Kitanska
  • “Instrumental Biochemistry,” presented by Tomasz Kurcon
  • “The Rock Cycle,” presented by Jennifer LaPoma
  • “Laboratory Robotics,” presented by Kevin Olsen
  • “Exciting Physics Demonstrations,” presented by the Physics Club

Math and Science Day is a highlight of the GK-12 Fellows in the Middle Program, which promotes math and science research and education by placing Montclair State graduate students in middle school classrooms to serve as resident scientists and mathematicians working together with the middle school teachers.

Supported by a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Montclair State GK-12 program is directed by CSAM professors Ken Wolff, Mika Munakata, and Mary Lou West, and supported by a team of CSAM research faculty and graduate students. More information about the program may be found on the GK-12 Web site.