The March for Science is personal for our founder

Our founder, Justine Henning, has written an essay for Vox.com: Science is why my cancer diagnosis isn’t a death sentence. Today I march for science. The essay connects her own cancer diagnosis with the work of scientists that we feature here at Math4Science, and why she believes in the importance of science. Here are the opening paragraphs: I’ve been thinking frequently this month about Henrietta, my paternal grandmother. I try to imagine what it felt like to be an American Jew in the mid-1940s, with news coming in about what happened to one’s counterparts in Europe. Henrietta and all but… Learn more

Math4Science is optimistic about 2017!

2016 has been a year of growth at Math4Science, and we are looking forward to even more progress in the year ahead. We see part of our work as providing optimism and hope about the future, for young people as well as adults. Math4Science inspires all youth across the United States to become the scientists we will need to solve the problems of tomorrow. Your support helps us transform math education so that they can learn the math they need, today. Elizabeth Alter in the Bronx River, holding an eel and collecting DNA. Alter also studies mummichog in the Gowanus Canal,… Learn more

Orienting Students for Math

John Troutman McCrann, a high school math teacher, NBCT, and MfA Master Teacher Fellow in New York City, writes a column for Education Week about “his quest to integrate inquiry- and performance-based learning into his instruction, and how these concepts might inform education policy.” He is also a curriculum developer for Math4Science’s Explore Math curriculum and math and science teacher at Harvest Collegiate, one of M4S@School’s partner schools.  His latest column is entitled “Orienting Students for Math” and he discusses leading a group of teachers in a two day mathematical orientation for new 9th grade students. One of their objectives was to… Learn more

M4S in the News: Interview with an M4S@School volunteer

Tom Huser, one of our M4S@School Ambassadors, has been volunteering in math classrooms at Harvest Collegiate, a high school in New York City. The teacher he works with, John Troutman McCrann, writes a column for Education Week about”his quest to integrate inquiry- and performance-based learning into his instruction, and how these concepts might inform education policy.” McCrann recently offered his column space to Huser, who used it to describe what it’s like to be an M4S@School Ambassador and how teachers can take advantage of the help of classroom volunteers. Find out more by reading Help Us Help You: Five Tips… Learn more

Inspiring our students (a note from M4S founder Justine Henning)

A senior in high school (let’s call him Tom) arrived at my home this evening, shortly after failing his calculus final. His mother had contacted me, hoping that I would help him pass a re-test. We had never met before. In two hours, I did my best to prepare Tom to earn 22 more points than he did the first time he took the final. As we worked, Tom told me that he’s been accepted to college and intends to study nanotechnology there. Moving quickly (obviously, time was of the essence!), I showed Tom the M4S profile of Bioengineer Derek… Learn more

What a difference a year makes

This week Math4Science and dozens of supporters celebrated our first year as a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a holiday season house party. “It’s inspiring to bring people together to celebrate what we’ve achieved and help us build into the future,” said co-founder Justine Henning. In just one year, Math4Science has not only become an official non-profit organization but also built a beautiful website (many thanks to web designer Amelia Otte, who donated her time to M4S over the past two years) and recruited a talented and dedicated Board of Directors as well as an energetic Board of Advisors. The M4S team… Learn more

Of Bombs, Plants, and Primordial Light: M4S in Washington, D.C. and Around New York This Summer

Math4Science went on the road this summer, meeting with Kavita Mehra, Chief Transformation Officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, New Jersey (BGCN), and traveling further from Brooklyn to tour NASA Goddard with Spacecraft Systems Engineer Paul Mirel. Seeing the beautiful gyms, pool, and new STEM classroom at BGCN’s clubhouse was rivalled only by the mind-blowing (and potentially eardrum-blowing!) size of the speaker technicians at NASA use to make sure machinery they send into outer space can withstand very loud noises (such as those made by the launch of a rocket). While in the D.C. area, we headed… Learn more

Growing our Programs: M4S at School, Explore Math, and Explore Science

M4S at School has ramped up our partnerships with schools, helping teachers and students make the most of our resources. This week Park Slope Collegiate, a school serving sixth- through twelfth-grade students representing Brooklyn’s socio-economic diversity, hosted a second set of Math4Science lessons in its eighth grade math classroom. Today’s session began with questions about how students get to school and who they think designs and maintains the subway lines, buses, trains, sidewalks, and roads that take them there. The student who answered “engineers” was so eager to read to the class about Civil Engineer Tysheina Robertson that he raised… Learn more

Fundraising is On

The frigid New York winter of 2015 has already been good to Math4Science. On February 7th, we held our first fundraiser, at the Brooklyn home of our CEO and Co-Founder Justine Henning and her husband, Tony Scott. Over 75 supporters came out on a chilly evening to learn about the progress Math4Science has made in the past year, from building our Board of Directors to establishing connections with scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in dozens of states across the country and a number of NYC-area schools. Why support us in 2015? Because we’re ready to hire the master math teachers… Learn more