ERIC Number: ED342561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
Reference Count: N/A
Project S.C.A.M.P. (Science, Computer, and Mathematics Professions): A Young Scholars Program for Academically Talented Rural Youth.
Mason, Marquerite M.; Mason, Walter Bruce
Project S.C.A.M.P. (Science, Computer and Mathematics Professions) is a year-long program designed to encourage the mathematical and scientific talents and interests of rural gifted junior high school students. Students participated in a 3-week residential summer camp at the University of Virginia and completed computer-based classes in geometry and mathematical modeling. Professionals from different scientific disciplines gave demonstrations and discussed their careers and the academic preparation necessary for their positions. Field trips were scheduled to allow the students to interact with and observe scientists in their work places. As a year-long project, each student created a computer simulation for a scientific topic with the help of a university mentor. Follow-up activities encouraged students to share their knowledge with teachers and peers through demonstration of their projects. Between formal meetings, students communicated with one another, the camp staff, and mentors through Virginia PEN (Public Education Network), a computer network. Three Saturday meetings were planned throughout the year to maintain interest of students and support of parents. A pretest and posttest were administered and results indicated an improvement in participants' geometric knowledge. This model appears to alleviate problems such as isolation, unchallenging curriculum, and a lack of resources experienced by academically talented rural students. (LP)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Curriculum Enrichment, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mathematical Models, Mathematics, Pretests Posttests, Professional Occupations, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Rural Youth, Sciences
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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