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Mathematical Spiritual Wisdom Within Young People
Principal Investigator: Ricardo Martinez
Funding Agency: Office of Research and Economic Development—Layman Award
Award Date: Aug 1, 2021
End Date: Jul 31, 2022
This project takes an asset-based approach to working with marginalized high school- and middle school-aged youth by enabling them to take ownership in mathematical learning opportunities for their community.
Martinez will work with four high school freshmen to design a mathematics youth participatory action research (YPAR) summer program for Lincoln youth. The 10-day summer program’s curriculum — co-authored by the youth and aimed at middle school-aged youth — will be enacted in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.
Summer program participants will engage in rich multicultural mathematics while learning about issues in their school/community. Middle school students will then be trained as researchers to investigate the issues they identify and to provide solutions to issues impacting learning.
This project will remind youth that they cannot be empowered because they already have that power within themselves.