ERIC Number: EJ721642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Solvers to the Rescue
Figarella-Garcia, Frances V.; Velazquez-Rivera, Lizzette M.; Santiago-Rivera, Teresita
Science and Children, v41 n7 p35-39 Apr 2004
Imagine--you must bring water to a hurricane-ravaged area. There is only one bridge and only one truck, and the bridge can only hold so much weight. Your calculations determine if the truck--and its load of water--can make it safely over the bridge. This is a typical challenge during two-week summer camps for third-through fourth-grade students held in the Construct, Discover, and Learn (CDL) schools across Puerto Rico. The camps--and the CDL schools in which they take place--are part of a systemic professional development program directed by the University of Puerto Rico Resource Center and sponsored by the Puerto Rico Department of Education to support the development of inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction for elementary students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Summer Programs, Professional Development, Inquiry, Science Instruction
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico