girlboardThe Math Department at La Joya ISD has been busy this summer offering meaningful camps and classes to students of all ages.

The summer Math Enhancement Program is a new initiative designed to build confidence and skills in mathematics for students in the 5th grade. Happening throughout the summer school dates, boys and girls from 23 elementary campuses create, problem solve, predict, and improve various projects by testing their plans and designs on a daily basis.

This inquiry-based learning curricula instills discovery and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) along with the Engineering Design Process. By learning and following such skills, the students practice applying math knowledge to purposeful tasks, college readiness, and career connections.

Another great and productive opportunity being offered is the (Girls Engaged in Math) GEM Summer Camp.

This weeklong experience provides an excellent venue for 3rd and 4th grade girls to explore and change the way they feel about math. During the camp, girls develop skills and attitudes conductive to improving achievement in the subject, plus motivates them to pursue careers in the fields of math and science.

The LJISD GEM Program not only encourages a positive notion of math, but also exemplifies the importance of building relationships and finding their voice in order to pursue life-long dreams. In essence, the math journey celebrates young ladies and through math, teaches girls what it means to be a strong woman.

No matter the experience, elementary students at La Joya ISD truly take advantage of the great opportunities available to them, and for math camp participants, Math will make their summer.