Donation Sparks Spread of Science and Tech Programs

07/10/2006
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

 

* M E D I A   A D V I S O R Y *

Thursday ߝ July 13

11:30 a.m. ߝ 1 p.m.

 WHAT:        Creative thinking and critical problem solving are skills American students need to develop to be competitive. UMass Lowell is pioneering the development and distribution of invention kits that middle schools can use to set up after school science and technology enrichment programs, kicked off with a $280,000, five-year grant from Mark Gelfand, co-founder of Intex Solutions, Inc.

 The invention kits are based on the highly successful DesignLab after school program and DesignCamp summer program, both directed by Douglas Prime, director of K-12 educational outreach for the College of Engineering. The kits of materials and tools, coupled with a web-based support system and instructional DVDs for teachers, will help in replicating the hands-on, effective methods used in DesignLab.

 Gelfand and Prime will be available for interview at a donors’ lunch on Thursday. Also attending are representatives of DesignCamp sponsors ߝ the Noyce Foundation, Raytheon Corp., Microsoft Partners in Learning ߝ as well as Isa Zimmerman, director of K-16 initiatives for the UMass President’s Office.

WHERE:   Southwick Hall, Room 240, University Ave., Lowell

WHEN:       Thursday, July 13

11:30 Introductions, photos

12:00 DesignLab plans, presented by Doug Prime