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Education Majors at USC Upstate Plan Family Math and Science Night for Woodruff Middle School

02- 13- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. – Woodruff Middle School students will get a little extra help in the areas of math and science next week when 14 education majors from the University of South Carolina Upstate collaborate with Woodruff Middle School to host the first Family Math and Science Night. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodruff Middle School.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for the University to collaborate with one of our local schools,” said Dr. Pamela Wash, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate. “Our education majors will greatly benefit from this teaching experience and we are grateful to Ms. Guker and Ms. Runyans, coordinators of this event, for allowing us to participate. Our education majors will see first hand the preparation involved in planning and organizing such an event, have the opportunity to work with parents and the community, as well as prepare and implement lessons in both mathematics and science.”

Family Math and Science Night will offer 10 various hands-on activities for the students and their parents. The science activities will include Density Towers, Force and Motion Challenge, NASA Seed Moving Challenge, and Making “Goop.” The mathematics activities will include Follow the Measurement Road, Clear your Board, Tangram Room, Element BINGO, Build a Number, Calculator-Based Motion Detector Challenge, and Suduko Challenge. Local businesses are providing refreshments and door prizes.

We are very excited about our first annual “Family Math and Science Night” here at Woodruff Middle School, said Mary Runyans, a seventh grade science teacher at Woodruff Middle School. “Dr. Wash and her students at USC Upstate have played an instrumental role in making this event possible.”

“This event is an opportunity for teachers to demonstrate to students as well as their parents the excitement of math and science,” added Jami Guker, a seventh grade math teacher at Woodruff Middle School. 

For more details, contact Dr. Pamela Wash, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5513 or