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LA-SiGMA Promotes RET Program at Annual Joint Conference of Louisiana Math and Science Teachers

LA-SiGMA took its show on the road when it attended the annual joint conference of the Louisiana Association of Math Teachers (LAMT) and Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) in Shreveport, LA, on October 20-22, 2014.

In addition to speaking with math and science teachers from all over the state about the LA-SiGMA program, Outreach Coordinators Staci Kramer and Lindsay Gouedy promoted the 2015 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program.

Interested teachers were also able to listen to past RET participants present their research projects at the annual conference. Shawn Liner lead a session entitled, "Fun, Funded Summer Program: Create your own eBook," where he shared his experience creating the eBook on superconductivity that he produced as a LA-SiGMA RET participant at LSU. Shawn is a teacher at Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge.


Another RET participant from LSU was Brad Burkman. Brad's session addressed skills that students need to work with fractions under the Common Core curriculum. Through the RET program, he used GPU accelerators and MIC co-processors to accelerate code for finding "ideal" sets of fraction -addition exercises, giving students the best-balanced practice of essential skills in the fewest number of exercises. Brad is on the faculty of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.


Bruce Niemi, who participated in the RET Program at LA-Tech in Ruston, spoke to conference attendees about the topic "History for Engineers." During this session, he drew on his 15+ years of teaching experience to provide an outline of the history of technology curriculum, making it relevant to a STEM student. Bruce is an instructor at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Ok.