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El Centro's 23rd annual Math, Science, Tech. Day

October 7, 2013

For most Fort Collins students from underserved families, the annual Math, Science and Technology Day is their first introduction to Colorado State University.

The Math, Science and Technology Day primarily aims to inspire fourth graders to take the necessary mathematics and science classes in middle and high school so that they can enroll and succeed in a STEM major at CSU. The goal is to not only expose students to math, science and technology but to have fun with the STEM areas and to recognize that math and science are everyday parts of life.

This year's MST Day is Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. throughout campus. Several activities are held in many different buildings.

Fourth grade a critical year

Through hands-on experiments, these eager students will do real mathematics, science, and technology experiments on MST Day. Fourth graders are at a particularly critical point in their education as they still have the opportunity to choose a path that will lead to a STEM career. This program offers them the opportunity to meet CSU students who are pursuing their dreams.

 Unique breakout sessions students can take include:

  • Mayan Math
  • Scratch Programming
  • Maps and Apps
  • Entomology
  • Math in Motion
  • Biodiversity Basics
  • Physics
  • Fun with Fibonacci
  • World of Guppies
  • Mystery Planet
  • 3D Volcano
  • Concepts in Color

National 4-H Youth Science Day

Designed by Colorado State University Extension, 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) as they use an important GIS technique called “layering” to map and design their ideal park.

The growing fields associated with GIS and GPS are driving demand for critical thinkers who can harness geospatial technology to examine how all things around us relate. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, GIS and GPS are ranked among the fastest growing occupational fields in the nation.

4-H National Youth Science Day is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4-H science programming that reaches millions of young people each year. The event brings together youth from around the nation to complete a single, innovative STEM related activity in an effort to expose young people to exciting new science topics and ultimately drive STEM workforce development.

MST Day sponsors

Program sponsors include: El Centro, CNS Education & Outreach Center, Environmental Learning Center, Little Shop of Physics, Department of Mathematics, CNS Enrichment & Retention, Colorado 4-H, School of Teacher Education & Principal Preparation, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Math Club, Department of Computer Sciences, Noyce Scholars, SACNAS, Biology Guppy Group, Gillette Entomology Club, The Access Center and HDS Operations Management.

For more information on the El Centro's Math, Science and Technology Day, contact Guadalupe Salazar at (970) 491-5722.

Contact: Brandy Ortiz
Phone: (970) 491-5722