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Sarah Demers: multiplying success

by Sunny Layne

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Many schools across the country struggle to raise math scores.

One college group of future teachers says the key to math success is fun.

The group's president, Sarah Demers is someone you should know.

Balloons, treats, and prizes, it looks like a miniature Mardi Gras

But these tikes didn't come for a typical party.

They came to do math.

"It's probably my favorite subject," elementary school student Sydney Galles said.

Nearly 100 4th through 6th graders came to the University of Northern Iowa for the 3rd Annual Math Fair, sponsored by student group TEAM: teaching educators about math, and organized by president Sarah Demers.

"I want to be a math teacher because I love to see the light bulb going off in someone's head," she said.

Demers says she once had a teacher who inspired her to teach.

"I had an awesome teacher named Mrs. Sprague. She could make anything fun in math, even for the kids who hated math," she said.

"Whatever they did here, they did it well because the kids are just drawn, trying to make it through every station that they could," father of 4th grade twins Michael Hoy said.

From math puzzles to origami, parents and teachers say they're thrilled to see these future-teachers inspire interest in a field crucial to progress.

"Getting our UNI students involved and the next generation of students who are going to be mathematicians and scientists out enjoying math is very important to us," mathematics professor Dr. Brian Townsend said.

With a fresh and fun attitude, wearing t-shirts reading, "You can count on me, I'm mathletic," Demers and her fellow students say 'who says math can't be a party?'

"It's a great chance to see that math can be fun," TEAM vice president Stephanie Nyquist said.

The group Teaching Educators About Math looks forward to putting on the 4th Annual Math Fair next year, and helping even more children to enjoy mathematics.

Reporter: Sunny Layne

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