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“Ladies Love Math” at Leaphart Elementary highlights importance of math, women in STEAM

For Immediate Release – February 22, 2019


“Ladies Love Math” at Leaphart Elementary highlights importance of math, women in STEAM


IRMO – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) are critical components in helping the U.S. succeed now, and into the future. Statistics show that women who are in these careers are in the minority, but an event at Leaphart Elementary STEAM Magnet is trying to help change that.


The school hosted a Ladies Love Math event where they invited women from the community in to the school to play math games with students.  It was a way for the school to connect with the community and showcase all of the lessons that are being taught and learned inside the classroom.  It also shows students that math skills are used every day.


“Historically math has been a field that is predominantly inhabited by men, but recently as we have grown in our knowledge and understanding there are more and more woman entering engineering, architecture, medicine and all types of fields that require math,” said Leaphart Elementary School math coach Michelle Johnson.  “I thought it would be a great idea to demonstrate that ladies love math too and can excel in the field.”


The games that were played in the classrooms were chosen based on grade level standards and either reinforce problem solving or fluency.


“We know that learning through play is one of the most powerful strategies that we can use to help children transfer new knowledge and connections to long-term memory,” Johnson said. “Playing math games also allows students to have time to share their thinking and participate in dialog, which is important when making meaning.”


Leaphart Elementary School principal Courtney Long said the event is important because it captures so beautifully how they live the school’s mission through STEAM.


 “As women from the community, work alongside our young mathematicians, they are able to share how they use math on their jobs and in their lives - making it relevant for our learners. It is also a great way for us to demonstrate our belief that math is collaborative and best learned through a hands on approach,” said Long. 


The event also served as a way to showcase to all the visitors what math looks like in classrooms today.


“One of the goals of our district is to ensure that all students are college and career ready and math plays an important role in that readiness,” said School District Five Coordinator of Mathematics Colleen Boissinot.  “This events supports our young students' growth as mathematicians. The community support and participation encourages our students and staff, and shows commitment from all stakeholders.”