Armstrong Atlantic State University will host the 8th Science in Savannah symposium on Feb. 27-29 in the Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St.
“Exploring the Global Impact of Improving Science and Mathematics in Education” will examine the impact and sustainability of partnerships between higher education, K-12 schools districts, businesses, and industry created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program.
The symposium will feature a talk by Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. James E. Hamos, program director for math and science partnerships at the National Science Foundation, and Jan Kettlewell, associate vice chancellor for P-16 Initiatives at the University System of Georgia, will also speak.
Speakers from throughout the nation will join in a series of presentations on the success of NSF-funded projects and practical applications to the education system from pre-Kindergarten through high school.
In Georgia, a statewide initiative, the Partnership for Reform In Science and Math (PRISM) has been funded by a $34.6 million grant from the NSF. The program that Armstrong Atlantic coordinates in southeast Georgia received $5 million over a five-year period.
To date, the National Science Foundation has provided over $600 million to fund these initiatives in 30 states involving over 150 institutions of higher education, 70 business partners, and 1200 university faculty. These programs will impact over 141,500 teachers and their K-12 students.
The primary focus of these collaborative ventures is to strengthen and reform science and mathematics education to improve student achievement. The ultimate goal is to increase our nation’s capacity to produce a globally competitive workforce in the areas of science, mathematics, and technology.