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New Mexico State expands math and science programs with Hewlett Packard grants

New Mexico State University's College of Education has received more then $430,000 from Hewlett Packard for the expansion of three technology, math and science programs.



Susan W. Brown, professional development coordinator for New Mexico State University's Educational Research Center, shows off boxes of laptop computers that arrived at the university as part of a Hewlett Packard grant to expand technology, math and scie..


"Educators in New Mexico must be comfortable with this information age if we want the students of New Mexico to be prepared to take an active role in the 21st century," said Susan W. Brown, professional development coordinator for the College of Education's Educational Research Center. "With the help of Hewlett Packard, the College of Education is taking an active role helping educators integrate technology into their curriculum to enrich the learning environments of New Mexican students."

New Mexico State, one of four schools nationally that received funding for a technology project, received about $400,000 in equipment and money to expand two programs -- MathStar and the Gadsden Mathematics Initiative.

The university also received $34,000 from Hewlett Packard to expand a collaboration between the College of Education and Lynn Middle School.

"More than 100 laptops have arrived at New Mexico State and will be distributed to math and science teachers around the state to establish an online community of educators who are critically looking at how math and science are taught in New Mexico," Brown said.

The MathStar program is being implemented in seven locations statewide. In MathStar, teams of teachers design and implement lessons that focus on student learning using the Lesson Study method, a professional development technique that originated in Japan and has been successful in the Southwest.

Brown said teams of teachers throughout New Mexico will be invited to apply to participate in the expanded MathStar program. If selected, the teaching team will receive laptop computers to get started with the program and university math and science specialists will visit and work with the teams to implement the Lesson Study method.

The Gadsden Mathematics Initiative, which has been practiced for a year in the Gadsden Independent School District, is an inquiry-based mathematics program that also focuses on student learning or building an understanding of math concepts rather than memorizing techniques.

The College of Education and Lynn Middle School collaboration, established last year with a $160,000 Hewlett Packard grant, has previously received a Wireless Mobile Unit and professional development for about 10 sixth-grade teachers.

The additional funds there will provide more equipment for the school, including more wireless laptops, digital cameras and wireless hubs, and the professional development will be expanded to include seventh-grade teachers. The expansion will also include evening workshops for parents interested in technology education.

For more information call Brown at (505) 646-1397.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/brown_susan.jpg.
CUTLINE: Susan W. Brown, professional development coordinator for New Mexico State University's Educational Research Center, shows off boxes of laptop computers that arrived at the university as part of a Hewlett Packard grant to expand technology, math and science programs. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)

Julie M. Hughes
Aug. 15, 2002