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Lawrence Tech provides science opportunities to Hillsdale County high school students

Release Date: June 23, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University is partnering with the North Adams-Jerome Public Schools District in Hillsdale County to provide more learning opportunities in mathematics and science.

Even though the North Adams-Jerome Public Schools District is two hours west of Lawrence Tech's campus in Southfield, Superintendent Chris Voisin has worked out a list of collaborative projects with Dean Hsiao-Ping Moore of the College of Arts and Sciences and Lisa Kujawa, assistant provost for enrollment services at Lawrence Tech.

The goal is to develop more interest among students in the so-called STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math - while also getting high school students ready to take college-level courses.

"We know that our country needs more scientists, engineers and computer scientists and that there will be many employment opportunities in those fields," Voisin said. "We want our high school students to be prepared to take advantage of educational opportunities in college, and we are excited to be working with a university like Lawrence Tech to achieve these goals."

Lawrence Tech and North Adams-Jerome Public Schools have put together an ambitious agenda that includes summer camps, teacher training, online learning, counseling, college campus visits, afterschool programming, speakers and guest instruction. There is even discussion about having a science lab on wheels visit North Adams-Jerome schools.

The collaboration got started this month when several North Adams-Jerome teachers attended a 10-day summer course at Lawrence Tech on how to teach forensic science. They learned how to make the high school science curriculum more interesting to students by basing course material on the scientific tools used in criminal investigations.

Lawrence Tech has a long track record of working with high schools to promote science education. The Lawrence Tech master's degree program in science education draws teachers from as far away as Taiwan, and the university has developed several programs in forensic science for high school students, including a summer camp.

A partnership between Lawrence Tech and the Ferndale Public School District led to the creation of University High School, where the curriculum was designed with the help of Lawrence Tech professors.

"Science is at the heart of many of the technologies that will fuel our nation's economy well into the future. It is important for students to benefit from a strong science curriculum in high school so that they will be more successful when they reach the college level," said Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker. "We welcome the opportunity to work with the North Adams-Jerome Public Schools District to develop new ways to create more interest in science, technology, engineering and math."

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.