NUMB3RS Projects

The NUMB3RS Project is a series of programs supported through a grant to Stonehill College from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Stonehill students involved in the NUMB3RS Project are given the unique opportunity to think in new ways about the teaching and learning of mathematics. Working as teams, Stonehill students are challenged to design and then implement mathematics problems of their own creation. Through these experiences, they learn not only about the power and beauty of mathematics, but also about best practices in mathematics education.

Through exposure to projects that employ mathematics in non-traditional ways, the goal of the NUMB3RS Project is to move the thinking of both Stonehill students, and the PK-12 students we work with, beyond rote memorization. The NUMB3RS Project helps develop a deeper conceptual understanding of BIG IDEAS in mathematics.

The NUMB3RS Project is a series of programs supported through a grant to Stonehill College from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Opportunities Available for Spring 2016


NUMB3RS Project: TCA Upper Campus

The NUMB3RS Project: TCA Upper Campus is a six-week afterschool program that serves upper elementary students (Grades 4-6) who participate in an afterschool program at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, MA. Stonehill students will collaboratively design and implement a series of tasks designed to explore mathematical problem solving with students in grades 4 – 6. Stonehill students who participate in this NUMB3RS Project will collaborate with their faculty advisor and Student Leader to develop and implement six sets of algebra-based puzzles. Student Leader applications are being accepted for this project.

To participate you need to be available on Mondays from 2:30 to 5:30 to visit TCA’s upper campus. In addition to the afterschool program sessions, you will be required to meet as a team (alongside your faculty advisor and/or Student Leader) to plan for each session. Stonehill students will receive a stipend at the completion of the program.

Faculty Advisor: Karen Anderson.


NUMB3RS Project: School on Wheels

The NUMB3RS Project: School on Wheels is a collaborative effort with School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) – a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the educational needs of students impacted by homelessness in South Shore communities. Through this program, Stonehill students will work collaboratively with Jennifer Gold (the Education Director of SOWMA), their Student Leader and their faculty advisor to design mathematical tasks for use by tutors and students involved in School on Wheels. Student Leader applications are being accepted for this project.

To participate you need to be available on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 7:00 pm to visit SOWMA program sites. Additionally, you will be required to meet as a team (alongside the Education Director, Student Leader & faculty advisor). Stonehill students will receive a stipend at the completion of the program.

Faculty Advisor: Karen Anderson.

  • Students involved in NUMB3RS Project: School on Wheels are expected to serve as volunteer tutors at a School on Wheels site for the full semester and will be required to complete the School on Wheels Tutor Training Program.

“Virtual” NUMB3RS Project

The “Virtual” NUMB3RS Project is just that: ‘virtual’. Through participation in this NUMB3RS Project, Stonehill students will create mathematical materials that explore problem solving in an online world. Using a full-featured learning management system (Blackboard) and state-of-the-art video production facilities, students will develop electronic content that presents important mathematical concepts in innovative and engaging ways – materials that students will be able to access any time of the day or night from any location with internet connectivity.

To participate you need to be available on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.   Additionally, you will be required to meet as a team (alongside your faculty advisors). Stonehill students will receive a stipend at the completion of the program.

Faculty Advisors: Timothy Woodcock and Eugene Quinn.


NUMB3RS Project: TCA Lower Campus

The NUMB3RS Project: TCA Lower Campus is a six-week afterschool program that serves elementary school students who participate in an afterschool program at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, MA. Stonehill students will collaboratively design and implement a series of tasks designed to explore mathematical problem solving with students in grades 1 - 3. Student Leader applications are being accepted for this project.

To participate you need to be available on Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 to visit TCA’s lower campus. In addition to the afterschool program sessions, you will be required to meet as a team (alongside your faculty advisor and/or Student Leader) to plan for each session. Stonehill students will receive a stipend at the completion of the program.

Faculty Advisor: Kathleen McNamara


NUMB3RS Project: Easton

The NUMB3RS Project: Easton is a one day event held each April at the Center School in Easton, MA.  All students from kindergarten through grade two have an opportunity to work with Stonehill College students on problems and activities related to geometry & spatial sense. Volunteers are needed (1) to work with kindergarteners on math stations during morning center time, (2) to facilitate stations during mid-day second grade recess, or (3) to facilitate Math Night for second graders and their family members. Sign-ups will happen in late January/early February. Only Student Leader applications are being accepted at this time for this project.

To participate you need to be available one Tuesday to coordinate the event at the Center School in Easton. Additionally, you will be required to meet with the faculty advisors, assist with recruiting student volunteers, and then designing and implementing training sessions for student volunteers. Stonehill students will receive a stipend at the completion of the program.


How to Apply for a NUMB3RS Project

  • Download and complete the NUMB3RS Project Application, then print the entire document.
  • Sign and submit the completed application to Karen L. Anderson, Education Department (E104).
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Electronic applications will only be accepted by students who are abroad/interning domestically at the time the applications are due.
  • Students may apply for more than one program. However, PLEASE COMPLETE A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH PROJECT.

How to Apply to be a NUMB3RS Student Leader

If you are interested in applying for a Student Leader position, you must submit an application for the specific NUMB3RS Project PLUS complete the NUMB3RS Student Leader Application. (The only exception to this rule is the NUMB3RS Project: Easton – available spring only).

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for spring placements are due by noon on the first Friday in November.
  • Applications for fall placements are due by noon on the first Friday in April.