Set your 3rd grader on the path to the stars (or wherever they want to go).

Katherine Johnson sits in front of the building named after her.

Katherine Johnson, an African American young girl, loved to count. In spite of the odds against achieving a quality education in a segregated America, she never abandoned her childhood passion for mathematics growing up. Many children today have a strong curiosity and passion for knowledge in spite of their socio-economic status. Sound like a child in your life? Well, we’ve got a great opportunity for you and that child! It is called “Algebra by 7th Grade” or Ab7G!

Developed by Dr. Njema Frazier, recently recognized by B.E.T.’s Black Girls Rock for her work as a physicist, the Algebra by 7th Grade or Ab7G program at Purdue is a FREE program run by Imagination Station’s partners at Purdue’s outstanding Minority Engineering Program for curious children and their parents or guardians. The goal of Ab7G is simple: getting your 3rd grader to algebra by the seventh grade.

According to the United States Department of Education, underrepresented minorities lag behind in math and science skills as early as elementary school. The Purdue University Minority Engineering Program (MEP) is addressing this issue! How far will your third grader go in improving academic performance with a boost from MEP? Probably beyond their wildest dreams!

Under the administration of the MEP Team, Mr. DuShaun Goings, Lafayette born and raised, and a former guidance counselor at Tecumseh Junior High will lead this initiative. DuShaun knows what it’s like growing up in Lafayette and has a passion for helping your child reach the stars. Academic supervision and goal setting for Ab7G is provided by Mrs. Renee Gibert, a National Board Certified Teacher in mathematics. She also works in the Lafayette School Corporation.

Ab7G is a Saturday program. Purdue student mentors, Ab7G student participants, and their parents or guardians meet two Saturdays a month. It requires a commitment from you and your student to engage in daily math activities to promote excellence in math. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert in math, you just need to work with your child to grow each day.

Lunch is provided.

By the way, what building will be named after the child in your life? Contact us for more information about this incredible free program. Openings are limited.

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