Understanding through the Science of Life,
a curriculum enhancement program intended to increase the number
of students who choose science related careers, focused
on the integration of mathematics into all areas of study with
particular emphasis on the life sciences. Through hands-on projects
we engaged students' creativity and curiosity. Lessons provided
meaningful contexts in which students learned the utility of mathematics
as the universal language of quantification. The MUSCLE program
was part of a three-year grant from the GE Fund. Twelve
undergraduate engineering (or applied science) students from the
Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University spent ten hours
per week at their partnership schools, Lakewood Elementary and
Rogers-Herr Middle School, delivering hands-on lessons with their
partnership teachers. The MUSCLE fellows provided expertise and function as positive
role models for the children.
Gary Ybarra, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of
Electrical Engineering at Duke University, is dedicated to encouraging
youngsters to pursue technical careers. Dr. Ybarra is responsible
for developing this program and many others. See more of
his work at http://www.ee.duke.edu/~gary/
is Assistant Dean for Education and Outreach Programs at the Pratt
School of Engineering at Duke University. She serves as the Co-Principal
Investigator of the Muscle Program. She has developed and directed
many undergraduate and K-12 education and outreach programs over
the past 13 years, and was a 1996 winner of the Presidential Award
of Excellence for Mentoring in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
You may contact Ms. Absher at firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSCLE: a three year program funded by a $300,000 grant from the General
Electric Fund and a $150,000 grant from the Pratt
School of Engineering at Duke University.
recent newspaper articles about MUSCLE:
News and Observer, 8-23-01
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