The Da Vinci Science Center is helping the Allentown School District and the Allentown School District Foundation engage high school students more directly with science and mathematics and raise their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.
The collaboration, announced in Jan. 2012, will include hands-on student programs and opportunities of students to conduct projects with mentoring from scientists and college graduate students.
The Da Vinci Science Center will coordinate opportunities for participating students to visit manufacturing operations in the greater Lehigh Valley area. Additional program partners include Air Products in Trexlertown, Pa.; Just Born in Bethlehem, Pa.; and Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.
Demonstrations on liquid nitrogen, food science, astronomy, and mathematics were held at William Allen High School and Dieruff High School in Jan. 2012 to attract student interest.
The Da Vinci Science Center’s Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership (GAMSP) – the Center’s flagship professional program for educators – provides Allentown educators deeper math and science content, a greater ability to teach though the inquiry method, powerful cross-connections, and the ability to empower their students with a deeper understanding of concepts, reasoning, and process skills.
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