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Local educators and students learn new math moves during ORAU Math and Movement academies

June 30, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—More than 31 local educators and 33 students, ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade, took to the mats recently during separate ORAU Math and Movement academies. Held at ORAU's Center for Science Education, the free professional development workshops focused on the concept that students retain more and gain valuable basic skills when exercising both their bodies and their minds.

Participants in the student academy practiced the Math and Movement techniques, which had them hopping, walking, crawling and dancing as they touched the floor mats to solve various mathematical equations. Participants in the professional development program learned how to incorporate these simple techniques into their classroom as a way to teach the fundamentals of arithmetic and early algebra concepts to children of all ages. Both academies were led by instructor Marcia Wade, physical education teacher at Fairview Elementary School in Anderson County.

The professional development workshop and the student academy were two of the various ORAU-sponsored or administered programs this summer. For further information, visit the ORAU Center for Science Education website.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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