Future teachers host science and math workshop for kids

A future teacher engages elementary students
A future teacher engages elementary students in a science project
Feb. 9, 2012 - Twenty-five students from the School of Education, all members of the Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization (QFTO), participated in a "Family Science, Math and Engineering Night" at Pond Hill Elementary School in Wallingford in February. The STEM workshop was organized by Chris Stone, a teacher at Pond Hill. About 100 children took part in the event. 

The free, two-hour program includes with an interactive reading program facilitated by the Children's Museum of West Hartford and group activities developed and implemented by Quinnipiac students. The activities focused on math and science and included "Math Bingo," comparing weight using play dough shapes, measuring volume, estimating and probability, and sorting and graphing M&Ms.

"The more we can get our teacher candidates involved in STEM fields and STEM teaching and learning experiences, the better. Elementary schools in particular face significant shortages of teachers with deep knowledge of the STEM areas, so we are very proud our QFTO teacher candidates could participate in this and other events in our local schools," said Kevin Basmadjian, director and associate professor of education in the master of arts in teaching program at Quinnipiac.

See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.