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Making math and science meaningful for Ojibwe youth

Students building mini catapult

The White Earth Tribal Council, Northstar AISES Alliance and an anonymous donor provided $41,000 in support of the 2013 White Earth Academy of Math and Science. The White Earth Academy of Math and Science began when members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe challenged the University of Minnesota to help engage struggling students in math and science.

Extension and its partner colleges initially collaborated with White Earth representatives and the local Circle of Life School to produce a fun, hands-on, outdoor focused summer academy that would build powerful connections among academics, outdoor activities and the Ojibwe culture. The program has now expanded to include students from the Naytahwaush Community Charter School, Pine Point and Mahnomen Public Schools. Reservation elders, natural resource managers and University faculty and graduate students are all involved in teaching students how math, science and engineering are part of their daily lives.

Others wishing to make a gift to the White Earth Academy of Math and Science may give online or contact Jane Johnson.

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