Beeville students get S.M.A.R.T. about learning
by Adrian Jackson
Jul 01, 2009 | 575 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Wednesday July 1, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., the Simon Michael Art Gallery at Coastal Bend College will play host to the Science, Math and Arts Integration Summer Program ‘09 students from local sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Also, on Thursday July 2, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium will host three melodramas with refresh-ments served.

For the past five weeks students from Moreno Jr. High School and St. Mary’s Charter School have attended mosaic, pottery, theatre and technology sessions in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts building. They have learned how to combine their math and science skills with the arts under the skillful supervision of Jayne Duryea, Coastal Bend College Fine Arts Department Chair; Margery McCurdy, drama Instructor; and Laura Orchard, pottery instructor. Derek Adkins served as the Legos coordinator, Cindy Brown as athletic monitor, Adam Kadlec as assistant drama coach, Julie Arispe and Kristin Garcia, as assistants.

The S.M.A.R.T. Summer Program demonstrates the interrelationship between math principles and science applications to art and design concepts in real world daily activities. The S.M.A.R.T. Summer Program, funded through a grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in Austin, is designed to give students a taste of what college is like while reinforcing core educational concepts.

This summer’s program includes an engineering and robotics program from the Legos Corporation, pottery and ceramics, glass tile mosaics and design techniques, as well as theatrical productions. All included curriculum connections with math, science, reading and language arts.
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