Education is not the filling of a pail, it is the lighting of a fire. - W. B. Yeats

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### NEWS in the Department of Mathematics

Graduate Announcements

**Abby Gentry - MS defense **

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Place: Weber 201

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Title: An Integrated Mathematics/Science Activity for Secondary Students: Development, Implementation, and Student Feedback

Advisor: Dr. Mary Pilgrim

Committee: Dr. Patrick Shipman, Dr. Gene Gloeckner

Abstract: Mathematics teachers are often challenged by their students to give reasons for why learning mathematics is necessary. An approach to combat this issue is to show students the value in learning mathematics by enlightening students on the connections that mathematics has with other disciplines and how mathematics can be applied in the real world. Integration is a method of teaching that can be used to give students insight as to how mathematics is useful in a variety of different fields. In this talk, I will discuss rationale for using an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, my experiences in developing and implementing an interdisciplinary mathematics/science activity at a local high school, and the student feedback that I received.