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CSU Math, Science and Technology Day Oct. 12

October 5, 2011

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

Engaging in math, science and technology

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. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Natural Environmental Science Building.

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.

A few of the unique breakout sessions students can take include:

  • Mayan Math
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Math Road Show
  • Biological Sensors
  • Infrared Adventures
  • Computers Unplugged
  • 3-D Volcano

Twenty-one years of making a difference

Started in 1992 as a partnership with El Centro and the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, now known as the Natural Science Education Outreach Center, the program has seen significant growth over the past 21 years, and we are beginning to have to turn away students due to the lack of resources. Currently, we are hosting approximately 300 local students per year.

A collaborative process

MST Day is a collaborative effort between the following sponsors:

  • Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes
  • College of Agricultural sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Department of Computer Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • CNS Education & Outreach Center
  • CSU Extension
  • Department of Plant Growth Facilities
  • Environmental Learning Center
  • Little Shop of Physics
  • Lory Student Center
  • Office of Admissions
  • Poudre School District
  • Warner College of Natural Resources

Participating schools include Harris Bilingual Elementary School, Irish Elementary School, Laurel Elementary School and Putnam Elementary School.

For more information on the El Centro 21stannual Math, Science and Technology Day, contact Rich Salas at (970) 491-0590 or NisseAnne Lee at (970) 491-3478.