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talkSTEM, a nonprofit organization that broadens participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), announced a new partnership with SMU to raise greater awareness about studying math and science.

 The new initiative is part of the organization’s walkSTEM program and its efforts to encourage more young people to embrace math and science as part of their everyday lives.  As part of the program, visitors will be able to go on virtual walks on the SMU campus through videos highlighting some of the interesting mathematics visible on SMU’s campus.  This content was created by Dr. Glen Whitney, walkSTEM adviser and founder of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York,

 “We’re excited about the partnership,” said Koshi Dhingra, Ed.D, founder and CEO of talkSTEM. “We believe that math is everywhere. Working with SMU on producing these videos is an exciting way for us to illustrate this point.”

 Dr. Annie Wilheim, assistant professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University, says, “The potential for these videos is immense: From sharing the mathematical, architectural, natural, and other beauty on the SMU campus with students and community members who may not be able to visit in person, to serving as models we can pair with in-person visits to think with as we develop mathematics students’ and teachers’ own lenses for seeing mathematics in the world.”

Dr. Candace Walkington, associate professor in teaching and learning at Southern Methodist University, specializing in mathematics education, added, “We are excited to have this resource to add to our courses and the professional development and outreach we offer.”

 The instructional videos address a variety of subjects on SMU’s campus, including estimating the capacity of a football stadium at Ford Stadium; determining the proper setting for a sundial at the Dallas Hall Sun Dial and observing differences in the symmetry of a building at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.  These videos represent the new walkSTEM@SMU experience and will launch during the Science in the City event at SMU on Saturday, April 13. 

To see the videos, go to http://talkstem.org and click on the walkSTEM Academy banner.

ABOUT talkSTEM

talkSTEM is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the diversity of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) thinking in our daily lives, in our community, and in our world. talkSTEM was founded by Dr. Koshi Dhingra. Dhingra has a doctorate in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels, as well as at teacher education programs. Previously, she served as a director of the Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas.talkSTEM is a partner of Dallas ISD and is committed to broadening participation in STEM with a focus on girls and low-income groups.  Learn more about talkSTEM and its programming by visiting: talkSTEM.org