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U of M, Crookston Hosts Students from White Earth Academy of Math and Science
June 19, 2008

Contact: Deb Zak, U of M Extension, 218-281-8684 (dzak@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Students from the White Earth Academy of Math and Science focus on mapping using Global Positioning System (GPS).
Students from the White Earth Academy of Math and Science focus on mapping using Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Crookston, Minn. (June 19, 2008) – Thirty-two students from the White Earth Academy of Math and Science focused on technology and engineering along with science and mathematics during a visit to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in mid-June. The students in grades five through eight had a wide variety of learning opportunities during their two-day visit which included topics such as Global Positioning Systems and mapping, to computer game design and equine science.

A partnership between the Crookston campus, University of Minnesota Extension, the College of Education and Human Development on the Twin Cities campus helped offer the five-week summer session to enhance science, technology, engineering and math skills through applied learning.

The White Earth Academy of Math and Science, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2008, is an innovative summer program that provides opportunities for students and teachers to learn science and math using a curriculum that is relevant to the Ojibwe culture and leading to improved academic performance. The students attend schools in Naytahwaush, Pine Point, Mahnomen and White Earth.

Instructors for the White Earth Academy of Math and Science include faculty from the Crookston campus; faculty from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus and Regional Extension Educators. The day concluded with an egg drop using the Crookston Fire Department’s fire truck and extension ladder followed by a rocket launch.

Funding for the program is provided by a 21st Century Community Learning Grant to the White Earth Reservation, a National Science Foundation Grant for Reach for the Sky with instruction provided by the University of Minnesota. The program concludes with a feast and awards program on July 3 at the Rediscovery Center near White Earth, Minn.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.