BOB CASE ACADEMY: BRIDGE TO CALCULUS

Highlights : 2022 Summer Program

Pride Curriculum Friday:

Dr. Adrian Mims

Dr. Adrian B. Mims Sr. is the Founder and CEO of The Calculus Project Inc. (TCP), a nonprofit that works in collaboration with school districts, post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations, small businesses, and corporations to significantly diversify the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline. Dr. Mims received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Simmons College, a second master’s in educational leadership from Simmons College, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Boston College.

The Calculus Project was derived from Dr. Mims’ dissertation, Improving African American Achievement in Geometry Honors. The goal of the project and mission of the nonprofit is to use research-supported strategies to drastically increase the number of Black, Hispanic, and low-income students enrolled in high school calculus, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics.

While Dr. Mims served as the Dean of Students at Brookline High School (BHS) in 2009, he launched TCP which was incorporated into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s “Promising Practices Clearinghouse” in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award. 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognized TCP as a Bright Spot in Middle Years Math in 2019, which resulted in a two-year development grant of $250,000. Later in 2021, the 1954 Project presented Dr. Mims with the Luminary Award and awarded $1 million to The Calculus Project Inc. to support the expansion of TCP to school districts nationally. To date, The Calculus Project has impacted over 10,000 students in over 100 middle and high schools in Massachusetts and Florida.

The students learned various topics and got to interact with the man himself. There was a healthy discussion on how he overcame his struggles and got his Doctorate degree.

Dance Friday: Kathak Day

 

On 8th July, as part of Special Fridays, our guest speaker, Anjali Nath graced us for the occasion. She explained how Kathak is a culture and not just a dance form before elaborating on certain Kathak concepts like ‘Ardhanaripurush’, Taal’, ‘Teental’. Teental is a 16-beat cycle that is used throughout any Kathak dance piece. She also showed through the Teental how the human body could adapt and change to any rhythm.

 

Later, she engaged student volunteers to shout out different numbers within the Teental scale and she would then dance to that particular rhythm with such grace and poise.

"Kathak is not a hobby. It is a way of life."   Pandit Chitresh Das

Engineering Field Day

The Engineering Field Day was held on 15th July 2022 by Dr. Kathryn Grahame.

Dr. Kathryn Schulte Grahame is a Teaching Professor at Northeastern University and the Associate Director of the First-Year Engineering Team at Northeastern University. The focus of this team is on providing a consistent, comprehensive, and constructive educational experience that endorses the student-centered, professional, and practice-oriented mission of Northeastern University. She teaches the Cornerstone of Engineering courses to first-year students as well as courses within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of First-Year Students Award and is interested in research that complements and informs her teaching.

She works closely with the Director of First-Year Engineering to develop the direction of the first-year program and manage administrative operations for the department, including the FYELIC. Coordinates the scheduling of 30+ courses for the First-Year Engineering Program.

The students got to understand the different engineering fields there are, such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biotechnology Engineering to name a few. Dr. Kathryn spoke about how children can enter the various fields of Engineering and what their careers will look like if they choose to. Another topic that was discussed is the process and the nuances of engineering design. The children were taught what it means to be able to able to go through the task of engineering design with the help of an activity. The activity was to remove particular-colored beans that would represent the cancer cells in a person mixed with the other cells. The students were given different tools they could use like, scissors, glue, beads, straws with a few others to help them to design a machine that could extract the cancer cells and leave the good cells untouched. The cells were represented by beans in a bowl. The catch here was that within the stipulated time, which was 30 seconds if all the cancer cells were not removed, the students were asked to double the remaining number of cancer cells. It was a whole new learning experience not only for the students but even for the mentors and the teachers present.  

Museum Visit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum