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Ricca, Students Attend Regional Conference


Ricca, Students Attend Regional Conference

Dr. Bernard Ricca, Director of the Graduate Program in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, recently presented at the first annual Noyce Northeast Regional Conference. The conference took place October 13-15 in Philadelphia, and brought over 40 Noyce programs in the Northeast together. Two of Fisher’s Noyce scholars, Andrea Ingham ’12 and Erin Weld ’13, also attended.

Ricca presented “What’s Math Got to Do With Teaching Math?” – a hands-on workshop about how some advance college math courses relate to what is taught in middle and secondary school math courses.

Ingham and Weld are two of Fisher’s current Noyce scholars. The Noyce Scholarship program provides tuition assistance for students wishing to become mathematics teachers. It will cover up to the total cost of attendance for junior and senior years, and one year of graduate school. The scholars earn their undergraduate math degree, and also earn initial adolescence mathematics teaching certification through the GMST program. The focus of the program is to prepare teachers to work in rural schools.

The Noyce Foundation, named for the late Dr. Robert Noyce, was created in 1990 by his family to honor his memory and legacy. He was co-founder of Intel, and invented the integrated circuit, which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.  Because of Dr. Noyce’s concern about the shrinking pipeline of students interested in science-related careers, the Noyce Foundation has focused on math, science, and supporting work in research and policy. Much of the foundation’s focus has been on improving instruction in math, science, and early literacy in public schools.

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