Allison Jeannotte, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Raytheon
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The temperature is rising and school is almost out. For many kids, summer learning loss – or “brain drain” – kicks in. According to the National Summer Learning Association, children can lose as much as three months of math and reading skills over the summer.
Allison Jeannotte, director of Strategic Initiatives at technology company Raytheon, says their MathAlive! exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston, can help combat brain drain this summer by showing kids how fun math can be.
THE AVERGAGE AMERICAN STUDENT COMES OUT OF THE GATE STRONG IN MATH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BUT THEN ENTHUSIASM AND RETENTION OFTEN DECLINE. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT ONLY SIXTEEN PERCENT OF AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE BOTH PROFICIENT IN MATH AND INTERESTED IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH CAREERS BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS LIKE MATHALIVE!, WHICH ARE BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND FUN, HELP KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED IN MATH AND SCIENCE OVER THE SUMMER MONTHS.
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