Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Mathematics has selected eight high school students to take part in a summer employment experience. They will be computing sunrise and sunset times, a classic trigonometry and geometry problem.
School of Mathematics Assistant Professor Kirsten G. Wickelgren developed the program as part of her NSF CAREER grant to emphasize that mathematics is a career option. "Employing high school students to do math is a direct way of to communicate this option," Wickelgren says. The experience could attract talented students to pursue higher math or mathematics research in their careers.
Participating students from Creekside High School, Fairburn, Georgia, are John Igieobo, Ashauna Pearson, Steven Sanchez, and Dae'Shawn Taylor. They will be accompanied by mathematics teacher Alicia Scott.
The students will do a four-week internship. The first week will be held in the School of Mathematics at Georgia, and the last three weeks will be held at the high schools.
Funding for the program comes from Wickelgren's NSF CAREER grant and from the Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) a program implemented by the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). CEISMC's Douglas Edwards and Marion Usselman are assisting Wickelgren in organizing this summer internship.
At the end of the internship, students will present a capstone project