July 16, 2008

Virtual Math and Science Camps Excite Students, Promote Learning


Contact: Dan Keedy of Michigan Virtual University, _+1-517-664- 5460, [email protected]

LANSING, Mich., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whens the last time your middle school student was working on a math or science assignment until late in the evening -- in the summer? Or said I learned and learned so when I took the post-test I knew everything, as one student said last summer?

That level of involvement and skill acquisition are becoming the norm for students involved in the MichiganVirtual School(TM)(MVS(TM)) Math & Science Virtual Camps. Session One kicked off on Monday. These online camps employ innovative, state-of-the art math and science simulations called Gizmos(R)to help middle school students develop a rich repertoire of skills and content knowledge necessary for success in the coming school year. Session Two of the online camps begin July 21 and end Aug. 1. There are still a limited number of seats available.

What is really exciting about these camps is that they provide great opportunities for both struggling and advanced learners to leap ahead in math and science, Robin Dickson, Director of Innovation and Research for MichiganVirtual University(R)(MVU(R)), said. The camps use Flash(R) animations to hook kids into challenging topics providing real-life examples of how particular concepts are employed in real jobs. Because the Gizmos are interactive and fun, students become quickly engaged and master content critical to success in the coming school year.

The Math & Science Virtual Camps are each intensive two-week, online programs that engage students in the thrill of discovery while using math or science to figure out how things work. Students strengthen study habits and deepen understandings that will help prepare them for the challenges of Michigans new high school graduation requirements.

We have a facilitated camp going on in our conference room each morning, and none of my colleagues can believe there are 20-some sixth, seventh and eighth graders here because they are so quiet because they are so engaged, says Michelle Ribant, the director of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Math and Science Center.

For those who excel in math and science, the camps provide challenging, interactive activities that will fuel their passion for discovery. Students are expected to spend a minimum of two hours a day on course work during the two- week camp period, or about 20 hours total.

Campers are guided by an online camp leader as they traverse the course content. Both camps use the online Gizmos to answer questions like How much would you weigh on the moon? and Can you analyze a mysterious powder? Gizmos bring research-proven instructional strategies to life and correlate to state and national standards. This innovative tool for teaching math and science was developed by ExploreLearning(R) and are licensed by MVUfor the camp courses.

The enrollment fee for either the math or science camp is $75, and a limited number of scholarships are available for Michigan students.

Financial support for the virtual camps is provided through a federal E-Learning and Virtual School Initiatives Grant and state funding awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

For more information on the Math & Science Virtual Camps, visit www.mivhs.org/camps, email [email protected] phone 888.532.5806.

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SOURCE Michigan Virtual University

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