FEBRUARY 21, 2007

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RSC’s “Dare To Dream Team” receives grant

Photo of professor Jamie Graham with four elementary students.
Jamie Graham, RSC dean of engineering and sciences, assists Del City Elementary students separate sedimentary samples. The Dare to Dream Team provides hands on classroom demonstrations to students in area schools.

Rose State College received a $9,481 grant for the “Dare to Dream Team and the Footlocker Program” from The Boeing Co. This program is a volunteer service project that provides math and science classroom demonstrations to K-12 students in the Oklahoma City and Mid-Del school systems.

“Before incorporating the Dare to Dream Team curriculum into my classroom, our science scores were below average. They are now above average. When you have hands-on activities students do better because they remember better and they understand,” said fourth Grade Del City Elementary teacher Annett Huett.

Students benefit from the demonstrations.

“It helps because sometimes you don’t understand things until you actually see it,” said fourth grade student Jessica Starkey.

Faculty and staff at RSC developed the program to make math and science a useful and everyday tool in student’s lives. One of the ingenious ideas of this program is encouraging students to learn math and science concepts while engaging in hands on activities.

“The funding from Boeing allows Rose State College to replenish our portable footlockers and expand activities,” said Jamie Graham, dean of engineering and sciences. “New supplies and equipment are essential to make the projects and activities as fresh and exciting as possible for the students.”

Since the program began in 2002, hundreds of students have benefited by participating in the math and science interaction classes and according to state test scores, the program is making a difference. Since 2002 state test scores for students at Willow Brook Elementary have improved by 6 percent and math scores have improved by 31 percent.

“Rose State College is committed to continuing the program to see even more student improvement and to help students realize how important and useful math and science skills can be in their everyday life,” said Graham.

For more information or if you would like “Dare to Dream Team” to visit your school, call 733-7450.