Re-Engineering Algebra

 

Applying algebra to the real world of work...

As part of our STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), the Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is Re-Engineering  Algebra.  That’s right.  We’re busy answering the age old question posed by algebra students everywhere, “When am I ever going to use Algebra?”

We've been bringing engineers into middle and high school algebra classrooms across Martin County to engage students in problem solving workshops where they are exercising their critical thinking skills while exploring the real life application of algebra to the world around them. Students are designing traffic patterns and retention ponds, and learning about nutrient loading and flight mission fuel burn calculations.  

Join our committee and lend your expertise...

Our Re-Engineering Algebra committee is made up of local engineers and teachers who are volunteering their time to assist with the development of these interactive lessons that are designed to introduce the engineering profession and promote math and science.  This dynamic team is being led by FPL's Manager of Project Development and Education Foundation board member, David Bates. 

If you are interested in joining the committee, give us a call at 772-600-8062 or email LRhodes@EducationFoundationMC.org.

Your gift will be doubled...

In an effort to expand the reach of this successful program and the quantity of lessons presented, we are utilizing the $1 for $1 match from the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant program and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties' John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund.  These matching grants significantly help leverage private resources for investment in public education.  

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Together, we're making a difference...

This year, we are planning to develop 3 new lessons and complete 63 classroom sessions with the possibility of reaching over 1,500 students. This will allow us to capitalize on the extremely positive feedback received by students, teachers, and administrators.   In a survey of students, 17% said they had not considered becoming an engineer prior to participating in one of our lessons.  After one 90-minute session, 51% of students said they would now consider becoming an engineer.  98% of students enjoyed the lesson and asked for more lessons of this type.  100% of teachers and administrators who have witnessed the program gave it extremely high marks. 

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