According to Dr. Ruth Caillouet, department chair of Teacher Education at Clayton State University, the University’s recent first MVP Day (Middle School Visit Program) for 200 middle school students was a great success.
“The Kendrick Middle School students were excited and truly engaged in learning from Clayton State faculty and students. This was, without a doubt, a total community effort,” she says. “The brainstorm for this came from one of our Middle Grades graduates, Krista Lucich, so she certainly gets credit for the vision. She brought several other Clayton State alumni with her as many of our graduates are now teaching at Kendrick.
Sponsored by the Clayton State Departments of Teacher Education, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, MVP Day ran from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and featured both Mathematics and Science sessions.
The math sessions were led by Clayton State faculty members Dr. Scott Bailey, Dr. Catherine Matos, Dr. Chris Raridan and Dr. Tamara Pearson. The subjects were as diverse as the students; LEGO robot, 3D printing, Space Missions, Geometry in Nature & Art, Sierpinski’s Triangle (that relates to fractals), and a couple of magic dice tricks that challenged students to use mathematics to uncover their secrets.
The science sessions were led by Clayton State faculty members Dr. J. Yvette Gardner, Dr. Jacqueline Jordan, Dr. Christopher Kodani, Dr. Diane Day and Dr. Fran Norflus. Here the Kendrick students were learning about DNA Extraction, Comparative Anatomy, and the Anatomy of C. elegans (those are a type of worm, in case you’re interested).