ABOUT THE AOLME PROJECT
The Advancing Out-of-School Learning in Mathematics and Engineering (AOLME) project is an interdisciplinary effort -from faculty with areas of expertise in bilingual education, mathematics education (Prof. Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis and Prof. Carlos A. LópezLeiva), and electrical and computer engineering (Prof. Marios Pattichis and Dr. Daniel Llamocca)- designed to support interactive and visual learning in engineering and mathematics of middle school students, especially from underrepresented groups. Through an integrated curriculum, the AOLME project provides engaging experiences in engineering through the use of digital image and video processing examples. Additionally, this curriculum provides a set of mathematical practices different from but related to school mathematics. The project has two programs:(i) a mathematics-engineering summer school (ME-S2), which was implemented during the Summers of 2012 and 2013.
These programs comprise a pilot study in the development and implementation of level one and two of an integrated curriculum. The main goal of this after-school initiative is to explore efficient ways to support the learning and active engagement of middle school students in mathematics and engineering related activities. Additionally, the program attempts to expand its curriculum in a series of levels (applied through the ME-S2 and MEC programs) from middle school through high school with the long-term goal of motivating and supporting a pipeline for these students into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at college levels.
From left to right: Prof. Marios Pattichis (url), Prof. Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, Dr. Daniel Llamocca (url), and Prof. Carlos LópezLeiva.