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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – When it comes to learning algebra, a group of high school students at Purdue Polytechnic have become the teachers. They show young people the ropes of STEM.

Minorities and young girls are often not exposed to stem programs early on, but the Algebra by 7 program is one way to change that – by teaching algebra to elementary students as early as grade seven and also providing high school students with an experience. valuable teaching.

Oliver Calow, a fifth grader who likes long divisions, has been involved in this math thing for some time.

“I learned division and multiplication in second grade,” he says.

He improves his problem-solving skills with the help of polytechnic high school students, many of whom dream of becoming teachers when they grow up.

“Not everyone likes math, but I think it takes someone to show you that you’re good at math and that you love math,” said junior Haleigh Barry. “Not everyone is doing math when you look at the board and the teacher is talking. “

The goal of the program is to teach Calow Algebra to elementary school children as early as seventh grade, while having fun through engineering and construction projects.

“I really enjoyed that environment – being able to teach all kinds of kids,” said first year Ainsley Blackman.

“I really like this program. You don’t really have to look for it – everyone is welcome, ”said senior Ty Byrns.

This is the first program. It is funded by Purdue alumnus Dick Barnes and is designed to help underprivileged youth and black children. But it’s not just for kids who already love math.

“It’s all about portrayal, so they see someone who looks like them, acts like them, doing this stuff, then they realize, ‘Oh, I can do that too,'” said coordinator Donald. Baker.

This initial program is ending, but will resume in January.

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