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June 3, 1997
Rice Offers Twenty Houston Teachers
State-of-the-Art Computer Training

IndentTwenty Houston-area K-12 mathematics, science, and computer science teachers are going to summer school at Rice University, June 9 - 20, receiving intensive computer technology training and exploring diversity issues in the computational sciences. The teachers will also enjoy year-long Rice University Internet accounts and the software needed for Internet access.

IndentThe GirlTECH/Mathematical and Computational Sciences Awareness (MCSA) Workshop, sponsored by the NSF-funded Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), headquartered at Rice University, combines the strengths of ten previous CRPC workshops aimed at encouraging minorities and women to pursue math and science careers. This year, additional funding came from RGK Foundation, an Austin-based foundation that supports programs attracting minority and women students into the fields of math, science, and technology.

IndentThe teachers will also:

  • learn to utilize online resources as a research, teaching, and collaboration tool;
  • create their own homepages, design and publish Web-based math and science curricula, and create homepages for their schools;
  • gain an awareness of the latest research in the computational sciences and hear from business and industry leaders about their expectations of students for the 21st century;
  • become members of CRPC's ongoing teachers' technology electronic support group that communicates throughout the year;
  • establish student technology councils on their campuses to ensure a transfer of knowledge to their students;
  • and make a one-year commitment to advanced training (three Saturday sessions) and to an integration of technology into their teaching practices.
IndentThrough in-service trainings after the workshop, the twenty teachers will "leverage" their expertise in their school districts and beyond, training hundreds of teachers who are expected to ultimately impact about 30,000 Texas K-12 students.

IndentDirecting the program for the ninth year is Dr. Richard Tapia, CRPC Director of Education and Human Resources, who won the 1996 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Tapia explained, "Technology does not discriminate, but offers an opportunity for the broadest and most diverse population to contribute and grow. Our workshop addresses and strengthens this trend."

IndentCo-director Cynthia Lanius, a Mathematics teacher at Milby High School and Manager of K-12 Education, CRPC, won a 1996 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. Master teachers for Internet training will include Susan Boone of Saint Agnes Academy (Houston), Barbara Christopher of Eisenhower High School (Aldine ISD), and Judy Woods of Reed Intermediate School (Aldine ISD). Debbie Campbell of the CRPC will serve as technical coordinator.

IndentTeacher trainees at this workshop will represent the following school districts: Aldine, Deer Park, Fort Bend, Goliad, Houston, Humble, Klein, and North Forest.

IndentThe CRPC is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center established in 1989 to make massively parallel computing systems as usable as conventional sequential computing systems are today. In addition to conducting research focused on this mission, the center provides innovative educational programs to encourage more students, particularly underrepresented minorities and women, to enter educational programs in computational science and engineering.

To learn more about CRPC GirlTECH/MCSA, contact Danny Powell at, 713-348-6011, or 713-348-5136 (fax).



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