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From Grass Roots to World Wide: The Texas Tech Math & Science Club

Levi Johnson, Jerry Dwyer
MAA Rocky Mountain Section
Denver, CO April 2012

Originally funded by MAA/Tensor Foundation, the Joy of Thinking math clubs began as small, informal meetings in area middle schools. Texas Tech University faculty and graduate students led small groups of girls through interactive sessions aimed at increasing the girls' interest and confidence in mathematics. Over time, the program spread to more campuses, individual clubs waned and grew, and the club support infrastructure evolved. Through support from the National Science Foundation, the original club design has been scaled to encompass a broader, more diverse audience. Today, the TTUISD STEM Club has more than 350 participants from around the world. Technology and innovative math and science teachers have reshaped the face of these clubs while retaining the original emphasis on engaging, interactive activities. We will discuss the development of the clubs and the technologies and strategies employed.


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