In an effort to assure that students are ready for the 21st century  jobs that will need advanced math schools, a local corporation wants local schools to be an epicenter for math.   On one of the last days of summer vacation more than 100 teens were solving linear equations and graphing the results, hard at work at the Granite Rock Company headquarters.

The incomeing eighth grader are taking part in the Bruce W Wolpert Apgebra Academy, and are finding that math is fun and a gateway to the future.

Corporation Wants Local Schools to be an Epicenter for Math

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Cal State Monterey Bay has joined with Granitrock to develop a five day math boot camp five years ago.

The intent is to encourage gifted students to hone their skills and build a connection between math and careers.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Daniel Melendez-Ramirez, 13, an aspiring engineer from Aromas School. “I feel like I’m helping my mind grow.”

Each day starts with a Graniterock employee presenting a talk about how math is used in his or her job. Then, it’s onto lessons. After brief lectures, students put what they learn into practice with math teachers and college students on hand to coach.

Rose Ann Woolpert said the academy, named in honor of her late husband who was president and CEO of Graniterock, aims to inspire students. Everything from the corporate setting to the college sweatshirts worn by staff to field trips to colleges and universities offered during the academy and the school year are designed to spark students’ dreams.

Corporation Wants Local Schools to be an Epicenter for Math

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But that’s just the start, Woolpert said.

“Our ultimate goal is to make this region known as the place for math, the epicenter of math for the greater Bay Area,” she said.

Nick Bugayong, a Rolling Hills Middle School math teacher involved with the academy from the start, has seen the broader impact.

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