Track R-2 Descriptions

STEM Career Exploration

Are you interested in a career in a STEM field? Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics? These amazing fields need well trained and educated people to work in these important jobs.

Students will learn about medical science positions while conducting hands on activities about understanding the importance of safety in the medical field, including a visit to the “Room of Horrors.” They will also learn how medical training is conducted in college and participate and discover important tools and procedures such as venipuncture, for diagnosing many medical conditions.

Participants will also learn about a career in Astrophysics and Astronomy and meet experts studying and working in this out of this world field! Students will also have the opportunity to learn about careers in engineering, including understanding the different types of engineering such as industrial or mechanical engineering and the potential occupations within this line of work.  They will also meet instructors and professionals working in mathematics and technology to round out this amazing and unique career exploration opportunity.

Mathematicians and the Crazy Things They've Discovered!

Each day covers a different mathematician and some of their discoveries. I'm thinking of formatting it similar to "Puppet History" on YouTube. The format consists of discussing some events from his life, punctuating them with multiple choice questions that the students fill out on white boards and raise up for what they think the answer is. I'm thinking 50/50 for amusing ideas and practical math facts. 

For example, Pythagoras may include questions on the Pythagorean Theorem and its applications, his viewpoint on fava beans, the cult which followed him, his un-proven theory that the earth was round, and events like the life of Hippasus of Metapontum and his proof that √2 is an irrational number. 

Days in the Life of a Statistician

Statistics can be one of the most important classes you take, no matter what you decide to study in school or what job you will wind up having. Who uses statistics, you ask? 1) Personal Boards 2) United States Department of Labor 3) Michigan Department of Mental Health 4) Consulting Firms 5) Law Enforcement Agencies 6) United States Defense Manpower Data Center, just to name a few. The list goes on and on!

One of the keys to getting a higher-paying job in both the government and private settings is whether the employee has a solid understanding of statistics and research methodology. Indeed, companies and the US government are willing to pay a high price for statisticians to help them analyze their data. Whenever they find an employee who has the skills to do it, they fall all over themselves to hire that person and make them happy. Why? Because it saves them a lot of money! 

In this class, the instructor will provide students with an easy-to-understand guide to applying statistical thinking and analysis in research.

In addition, students will gain a solid understanding of the basics of statistical thinking and apply that thinking to real-life situations. They will learn how to identify statistical analysis, crunch a large dataset, and display the result in a format that is easy to understand/-Students will gain confidence in understanding, communicating, and organizing results.