Incorporation, Nanotechnology, Educator Surveys … and Beyond

Math4Science, Inc. is now officially incorporated in the State of New York, thanks to the efforts of Vladimir Yelizarov of O’Melveny & Myers, who came to us by way of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. In the months ahead, we will complete the paperwork necessary to make our application to the IRS, becoming a 501(c)(3) organization.

We welcome Funding and Outreach Coordinator Erica Heisman, who has joined our team and helped us begin fundraising research. Erica’s also extending M4S’s outreach to scientists and schools.

We look forward to what nonprofit status and the funds it will enable us to raise will accomplish: hiring teams of top math teachers to help us create our math curriculum! As we interview scientists and engineers and learn about the ways they use math, we lay the foundations for that curriculum. Math4Science lessons and problems sets will cover Common Core Standards, enabling teachers to prepare their students for exams in unique, exciting, and effective ways. Their students will have the opportunity to learn about Carnivore Ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant and the work she does with the black bears of Lake Tahoe. Or Genetic Engineer Fyodor Urnov of Sangamo BioSciences, Interventional Oncologist Derek West of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and Cell Biologist Erica Moehle of the University of California at Berkley, who use nanotechnology to research and create new treatments for illnesses from Huntington’s Disease to HIV to cancer. Watch our Meet the Scientists page this fall for their bios and more.

Another way we’re preparing to create our curriculum is by surveying principals and math teachers and professors. Recently, M4S sat down with Eileen Carr, who teaches fourth grade at P.S. 321 of Park Slope, Brooklyn. We also talked with Jill Bloomberg, Principal of Park Slope Collegiate, Scill Chan, Principal of Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, and Anna Allenbrooke, Principal of Brooklyn New School. Each educator helped us think constructively about how to make M4S as helpful as possible for teachers of students from kindergarten to twelfth grade, of different reading abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We continue to collect the names and contact information of top educators across the country (not just Brooklyn, our base!), preparing to spread the news of M4S, make it as useful as possible, and identify potential collaborators as we grow. Our growing team of scientists work out of states from Texas to California to Idaho to Maine. We look forward to helping connect them with students in their states and beyond.

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