Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Chair: Barbara Van Itallie or 845/462-3924
Math Buddies work in grades one through five in the City of Poughkeepsie schools helping struggling students with their math skills. Volunteers work one-on-one with the students or with groups in the classroom, as specifically directed by the classroom teacher. Volunteers typically offer about one hour per week although there is often flexibility in scheduling. Potential volunteers need not be math or elementary teachers and should not be concerned about any new approaches to math since the material is very basic. This is an extremely rewarding experience since offering any extra help in both math and confidence-building is particularly needed.
Marist College and Liberty Partnership
Chair: Kris Puzza or 221-3488
Marist College has again received a five-year NYS Education Department grant to continue their Liberty Partnership Program with AAUW Poughkeepsie as their community partnering organization. Liberty Partnership seeks to provide comprehensive, evidence-based, results-driven programming designed to improve the academic and workforce needs of at-risk students in grades five through twelve, primarily in the Poughkeepsie City School District. Kris and her AAUW volunteers, provide STEM-focused workshops several times over the course of the academic year and summer, as well as possible parent and STEM career workshops. Workshops provided over the years have included, the Egg Drop/Apollo 13; Snap Circuits; Encryption; Suduko Logic; Take Apart Day; The Connection of Music and Math; and, Jewelry and Patterns.
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