Rising high school freshmen have had a great opportunity to sharpen skills and prepare for high school mathematics classes by taking a week long class teaching hands on math during summer vacation.
MetroMaticas is a program developed by former Sonoran Ford Motor Company engineer Nahum Correa to teach math using tools and measurement. The program in Nogales High School is the first time it has been offered to U.S. students. MetroMaticas is currently offered in Sonoran schools.
The local program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education $1.25 million grant, which was procured by the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office. The grant is also funding a college and career readiness program.
“We are using actual instruments to learn mathematics and relating them to the real world or industry,” said Hector Gerardo, local MetroMatematicas program director. He added that students will visit several engineering firms in Tucson at the end of the course.