Camps to Assist Students with Hidden and Unmet Potential Learn Mathematics

Recently, the University of Louisiana Lafayette hosted three Advanced Mathematics Excellence (AME) camps for 7th and 8th grade students with hidden or unmet mathematics potential. The AME camps are a compilation of two National Science Foundation Funded Noyce Projects. Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle (LaM3) supports Master Teacher Fellows in designing and implementing the camp. Strengthening Teacher Education with Mathematics and Science Scholars (STEMS2) provides undergraduate science and mathematics majors who may want to be teachers with an internship at the camps for additional hands-on experience; these students then have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to complete certifications in STEM education. RMC Research staff attended two of the AME camps to collect data through interviews with project leaders, focus groups with teachers and interns, observations of camp activities, and follow-up surveys as part of a mixed-method evaluation design.