Hunters at Lincoln College
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[APRIL 25, 2006]
Something very old is teaching something new at
Lincoln College. A new summer program called MAmmoTH Hunters,
incorporating a mammoth tusk and tooth that were found last fall by
students and a science professor at Lincoln College, is being
offered to help junior high students learn how mathematics and
Lincoln College mathematics professor Mari J. Baker and science
professor Dr. G. Dennis Campbell have put together a five-day
hands-on workshop that covers math and science topics dealing with
reconstructing the mammoth, math modeling, orienteering, tree
measurements and using a global positioning system to locate the
excavation site where the mammoth tusk was found.
Baker said the
idea for the new program came from a simple lunch conversation
mentioning how intrigued her junior high nephew was by the mammoth
tusk when he passed by the science lab on his visit to her office.
"Dennis and I started talking about possible ways of doing
hands-on experiments with junior high students so they could develop
a deeper appreciation and interest in the interconnection between
the two fields of study through everyday application," Baker said.
"We started creating this summer project from that point on."
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Campbell said he and Baker talk daily and both were hoping to
create a program that gives students some hands-on experience using
both math and science.
"The language of science is math, and we thought if junior high
students could benefit and have fun at the same, then our program
will be a success," said Campbell.
The summer math and science day camp is being offered to seventh-
through ninth-graders in the Lincoln area. The program will run from
9 a.m. to noon June 19-23. The cost is $100, and space is limited to
the first 25 who register. For more information or to register,
contact John Stoltzenburg at Lincoln College at 732-3155, ext. 327.
College news release]