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Math camp at Lexington’s Morton Middle School offers carnival of fun + fractions

Morton Middle School math camp

Morton Middle School and Carter G. Woodson Academy students built rockets in summer math camp.
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Morton Middle School and Carter G. Woodson Academy students built rockets in summer math camp.

More than 100 students attended Morton Middle School’s three-day math camp in Lexington this week. The camp, run by the school’s math teachers, introduces math concepts using hands-on exercises such as cooking to learn fractions. The camp, now in its sixth year, has a theme each year, said Lisa Owens, the academic dean and math department chair at Morton.

This year’s theme was carnival. Students celebrated the end of the three-day camp Wednesday with outdoor math-related carnival activities. Each day, the students rotate through different math-related sessions that last between 45 and 60 minutes. Topics include learning fractions and working on graphing calculators.

“They are working on 21st-century problem-solving skills,” Owens said. “The kids don’t realize that they are doing math.”

Because the camp is so close to the beginning of the school year, it’s also a great orientation tool for incoming sixth graders. They meet their math teachers and get to know Morton, she said. This year the school partnered with Carter G. Woodson Academy, allowing Woodson students to also attend the camp.

“It’s about getting kids excited about math,” Owens said.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall

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