The mission of Project GRAD Houston is to support a quality public education for all children in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school and college graduation rates increase.
Project GRAD Houston
3000 Richmond, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77098
Ann B. Stiles, Ed. D.
The Rice University School Mathematics Project conducted a three-week advanced mathematics institute during June on the Rice University campus for high school students attending Houston-area Project GRAD high schools: Davis, Sam Houston, Reagan, Wheatley, and Yates.
The program, funded by Shell Oil Company, was designed to provide high school students with exposure to a college environment and to enhance students' academic achievement by providing instruction in advanced high school mathematics.
Classes tailored to the needs of the participating students were taught by RUSMP master teachers which included National Science FoundationlRice University Noyce Scholars, assisted by teaching fellows from Project GRAD schools.
During the institute, students participated in mathematics competitions, investigated the mathematics on Rice's campus through mathematics tours conducted by RUSMP, collected and analyzed data using technology, experimented with origami to create mathematical figures, and investigated patterns and functions in the real world.
The advanced mathematics institute also included a College/Career Day in which personnel from Rice as well as Rice student athletes spoke to the high school students regarding financing aid, scholarship opportunities, and college life. The program concluded with an awards luncheon at which students received certificates, and had opportunities to speak about their experiences.