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July 10, 2017 | Atlanta
Eight high school students today begin a four-week summer job doing mathematics. The interns will be computing sunrise and sunset times, a classic trigonometry and geometry problem, as part of the Mathematics Employment Experience for High School Students (MEEHS), a summer program at Georgia Tech.
School of Mathematics Assistant Professor Kirsten G. Wickelgren created the program to introduce high school students to mathematics as a career option. "Employing high school students to do math is a direct way of to communicate this option," Wickelgren says. The experience could attract talented students to pursue higher math or mathematics research in their careers.
Participating students from Creekside High School, Fairburn, Georgia, are John Igieobo, Ashauna Pearson, Steven Sanchez, and Dae'Shawn Taylor. They will be accompanied by mathematics teacher Alicia Scott.
The students will be based in the School of Mathematics during the first week of the internship, July 10-14. They will complete the final three weeks in their respective high schools.
Funding for the program comes from Wickelgren's NSF CAREER grant and from the Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) a program implemented by the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). CEISMC's Douglas Edwards and Marion Usselman are assisting Wickelgren in organizing this summer internship.
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