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Getting a mathematical boost

Modified: Monday, Aug 12th, 2013

Jason Falcon, an eighth-grade student at Rolling Hills Middle School, works on an algebra equation Monday at Graniterock in Watsonville in the Algebra Academy. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Four years ago, Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert wanted to find a way to give local students entering eighth grade a head start to the math classes they would be taking, thus paving their future with mathematical building bricks such as coefficients, exponents and polynomials they need to eventually need to enter college.

Born from that vision was Algebra Academy, where dozens of students spend a week of their school break under the tutelage of college math professors and graduate students, and where fun is the rule.

The students spend six hours per day in lessons, but also with games and dynamic demonstrations that include math “magic” tricks.

Algebra Academy has been so successful that organizers this year expanded the number of students admitted, and opened it up to San Benito and Monterey counties. Formerly led by teachers from CSU Monterey Bay, the organizers also recruited this year from UC Santa Cruz. They also moved it to summer break.

For the complete article see the 08-13-2013 issue.

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