Dr. Rebecca Klemm, also known as The Numbers Lady, has been invited by the US Department of State to lead programs in Dominica and Barbados June 1 to 8, 2014. The focus is on teaching principles of math and science through sports. By learning about the timing of a sprinter’s run, inflation of soccer balls, holding the bat, speed of a tennis ball, etc., teachers and coaches will learn how to create lessons for their students that use the scientific method to explore the math that underlies everything we do, even sports. Over the course of the week she will lead workshops, lectures and public events for a variety of audiences, including students, parents, teachers, and coaches.
Previously, Dr. Klemm led similar programs in Jamaica in August, 2012, reaching more than 300 teachers and coaches in her weeklong trip. The US Embassy Kingston sponsored that trip due to “ongoing concerns among local education officials on students’ underperformance in Math and Science” and noted that “participants received practical tips on how to improve student engagement and stimulate increased learning of the respective subject areas at both educational levels.”
As described in the Bajan Reporter:
The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is pleased to host Dr. Rebecca Klemm, “The Numbers Lady” and Creative and Executive Director of NumbersAlive!, to lead a series of math and science workshops with teachers, coaches, parents, and students in Barbados. The Numbers Lady will use her exuberant presentation skills to explain the complexities of math and science in everyday language, reinforcing math and science concepts through sports such as cricket, football, and track and field.
The U.S. Embassy expects that the benefits of Dr. Klemm’s workshop series will be two-fold: classroom teachers will be able to enlist coaches to reinforce the principles taught in the classroom, and coaches will benefit by having student athletes who better understand the science of various sports and therefore improve their performance.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a proven and important driver of economies, and this program plays an active role in ensuring children’s success in school, strengthening the cadre of students interested in STEM fields. The promotion of STEM though sports also aligns with the Embassy’s youth outreach strategy, as well as CARICOM’s youth development goals which include educational opportunities and sports for all youth.
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