The MathApps Mission
The purpose of the MathApps Saturday Academy is to develop the math skills of minority youth by supporting them in the creation of mobile applications that are culturally and socially relevant. This project is a collaborative effort between Hofstra University and middle schools in racially diverse, multi-ethnic communities on Long Island. The project will engage 50 students in a program designed to strengthen their mathematical insights and abilities. They will investigate topics of interest to their communities, perform extended STEM-related, hands-on projects, and use computers and other technological instruments to foster a deeper interest in mathematics. The overall aim is to provide students with the knowledge and motivation they will need to participate productively in 21st century mathematics, science, and technology, and to learn about STEM majors and future career paths.
To achieve its overall aim, the MathApp project will:
- Create a Saturday Academy to upgrade the mathematics education of 6th-9th grade students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds on Long Island.
- Teach students to design culturally-relevant Apps that will improve their motivation and ability, logical thinking, and knowledge of technology.
- Facilitate 50 middle school students exploration of STEM education and career pathways through enrichment experiences with experts and industry professionals.
The project will pilot a framework for Saturday programming and curricula that can be adopted by other institutions to strengthen students math skills.