6th graders learn to apply middle school math to real-life

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 18:18:43-04

Friday a group of 6th graders learned how to apply math skills to the real world. 

Baltimore County middle schoolers were visited by a professor and some college students from Towson University. The students learned how water is treated and what elements can be changed when that process happens. 

Assistant professor John Sivey said it's all about showing kids that they can be successful using math. 

"If we can put in the hands of middle school students activities that they can do in a hands-on matter to motivate them to see the math that they're learning right now in middle school has applications for real scientific careers," he said. "That's a real motivator for students."

Friday's program is part of a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to get kids excited about going into scientific fields.