Fall update/fundraiser

It was an exciting summer at Math4Science! We have focused the first years of our existence building our Explore Science pages to introduce children to a wide array of STEM professionals. We’ve also designed a math curriculum that combines master teaching techniques with what we’ve been learning from the scientists we profile and begun testing it in New York City-area schools, with exciting results. This summer we turned our attention to begin building Explore Math, our K-12th grade math units, out of our knowledge of how to teach math effectively while incorporating information about featured STEM professionals in every problem students solve. Creating this curriculum will require hours and hours of… Learn more

Math4Science at Harvest Collegiate’s Career Day

  Behavioral Ecologist Jeanne Altmann and Math4Science Founder Justine Henning spoke with juniors and seniors at Harvest Collegiate High School, in Manhattan. These conversations took place on Monday, April 24th, as part of our M4S@School program and Harvest’s Career Day. M4S also provides Harvest with an extra pair of hands in two of their math classes, thanks to volunteer Tom Huser, who spends time at Harvest several days each week throughout the school year. A student artist explored the M4S profile of Photographer David Goldes online while a few of her peers asked Altmann what it was like to study baboons… Learn more

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