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Education Majors At USC Upstate Plan Second Family Math and Science Night For Woodruff Middle School

03- 04- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Woodruff Middle School students will get a little extra help in the areas of math and science on March 24 when 21 education majors from the University of South Carolina Upstate collaborate with Woodruff Middle School to host the second annual Family Math and Science Night. More than 260 parents and students attended this event last spring and more expected this year.

“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 9 various hands-on activities for the students and their parents. The science activities will include Force and Motion Challenge, Element BINGO, and Making “Goop.” The mathematics activities will include Making Ice Cream,  Tangram Room, Geometry Challenge, Calculator-Based Motion Detector Challenge, and Promethean Board Usage. Local businesses are providing refreshments and door prizes.

We are very excited about hosting our second “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