A three-week boot camp for at-risk and low-income students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) gets underway July 10 at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. and GraphLock is proud to be playing a key role.
LIFT Power Math Camp will help incoming freshmen seeking to improve their math placement scores and advance their STEM education journeys. The 83 students enrolled in this year’s camp will receive free lifetime access to GraphLock, our affordable, advanced calculator app with a patent-pending lockdown function. Getting GraphLock into the hands of STEM students who need it most is our No. 1 goal.
“We could not be more excited to work with GateWay and Power Math Camp because it gives us the opportunity to follow our mission and help students who need it most,” says GraphLock Founder and CEO Mallory Dyer. “This is the reason GraphLock was created -- to make STEM education more accessible and level the playing field in math classes.”
Now in its fifth year, the math camp is part of GateWay’s Learn and Invest in your Future Training (LIFT) Program, a summer bridge program for students. For some young adults, math can be a stumbling block in their quest for a college degree. And when they can’t afford the expensive calculators required to move on, it can make their uphill climb seem insurmountable.
These STEM students often struggle, get left behind – and sometimes give up.
“This is the same exact problem I saw in my own classes, where this caused inequality in the classroom,” says Mallory, a former math professor herself. “Access to quality school supplies can make all the difference for a student's future success.”
The GraphLock app removes that financial burden so that these young adults can focus on strengthening their math skills at the camp, which has a proven track record of success.
Shannon Ruth, the math professor behind GateWay’s Power Math Camp, says last year’s campers saw their math skills soar. After just three weeks, 77.5% of students placed into a higher-level math course.
“LIFT Power Math Camp is all about creating a meaningful connection with our students and then getting them properly placed and prepared for their college math experience -- GraphLock will definitely enhance this experience,” Shannon says. “It means a lot to know that our LIFT students will not be at a technological disadvantage.”
GraphLock is a gift that will keep on giving, Mallory says. She hopes her app will empower these students to reach for the stars this fall – and beyond. “We hope that by providing the GateWay students the calculator they need for STEM classes, they will be able to reach their full potential,” she says. With GraphLock by their side, the sky’s the limit for these STEM stars of tomorrow.