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University of Washington and Lockwood Elementary partner to support math achievement
The University of Washington (UW) and Lockwood Elementary School partnered to hold the fourth annual math and science fair for students in grades 3–6 at Lockwood on Dec. 10.
Seventeen graduate students from the UW applied mathematics and science programs developed center-based activities and interacted with excited Lockwood students at four stations arranged in the school’s cafeteria: using Kinect to talk about velocity and acceleration, making hexaflexagons, discussing cryptography using principles in quantum mechanics and recording statistics.
Approximately 16 years ago, Northshore School District and the UW received a grant from the National Science Foundation to partner UW master’s and doctoral level candidates in math and science with Northshore elementary teachers. One goal was to increase student achievement in math while creating an ongoing mathematical relationship between Northshore teachers and the UW.
Lockwood Elementary School has been the partnering elementary school for this program since its inception. Although the grant funding has ceased, the partnership between Lockwood and the university continues with the annual math and science fair.