RADNOR, Pa. (June 13, 2011) — The Mathematical Association of America has awarded Cabrini College faculty members Dr. Ellen Panofsky and Dr. Kim Arp a $6,000 grant to work with advanced math students at Norristown’s Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy (ESTLA), formerly Eisenhower Middle School.
The College will match the funding amount, and Drs. Arp and Panofsky have developed a one-year project – renewable for up to three years – to:
Address green energy technology by teaching students how to apply math in designing, building, planting and harvesting a garden in the courtyard of ESTLA
Develop a workshop where Cabrini faculty and students will present on how to use math in a career
Create a Math Team of advanced fifth through eighth grade students at ESTLA that will compete in math competitions such as the Lehigh University and the Lower Merion math contests
Enable professional development for math teachers at ESTLA, which will include two teachers attending the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in Atlantic City, N.J., in October
In a joint statement, Dr. Arp, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Panofsky, assistant professor of mathematics, said: “We are both energized through the excitement shared between Cabrini and the ESTLA teachers in planning and implementing the grant. The grant will further develop and support the partnership between Cabrini and Norristown as Cabrini’s honors math and science students collaborate with ESTLA teachers and students to develop and coach a successful Math Team.
Furthermore, the grant monies will enable high-achieving math students to participate in a number of hands-on, real-world applications of mathematics such as the application of math in the design and use of renewable energy sources using wind energy.”
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. The association welcomes all who are interested in the mathematical sciences.
About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Since its founding in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College has provided a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice. Cabrini offers more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. The College also has graduate and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 15 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.