Counting down to the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy
Posted by Kevin Jeffery on Aug 3, 2017
WATSONVILLE – Math isn’t boring.
Just ask the 130 students headed to the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy at Graniterock’s corporate headquarters in Watsonville Aug. 7-11 for the opportunity to sharpen their algebra skills. The academy runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Incoming eighth-graders from Santa Cruz, Santa Benito, and Monterey county middle schools will attend the week-long algebra immersion camp that provides students a strong math foundation in preparation of the coming school year.
The academy, which started in 2010 by Graniterock’s late president Bruce W. Woolpert and corporate counsel Kevin Jeffery, is taught by college professors from CSU Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz, who help make the subject fun through games and interactive learning.
In addition, Graniterock employees speak to the students every morning about how they apply algebra in their daily work, giving the teens good reason why math skills pay off in the future.
The academy includes a field trip to CSU Monterey Bay on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to introduce college life and inspire the students to pursue a degree after high school.
The academy has seen many successes since its creation in 2010, including a number of high school graduates who have been accepted to CSU Monterey Bay. Several academy students go on to take Algebra II and Pre-Calculus as high school sophomores and juniors.
Participating schools include Aromas School, E.A. Hall Middle School, Pajaro Middle School, Rancho San Justo Middle School, Rolling Hills Middle School, San Juan Middle School and Tres Pinos Middle School.
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