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 six-week 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 to the development of deep conceptual understanding of BIG IDEAS in mathematics.

Opportunities Available for Spring 2015

NUMB3RS Project Student Leaders*

*NEW FOR SPRING 2015

Beginning in the spring of 2015, in addition to recruiting students to participate in the NUMB3RS Project, several projects will also be seeking candidates to serve as “Student Leaders”. Student Leaders will take on additional responsibilities in the planning and implementation of projects and will serve as liaisons with our external sites. “Student Leaders” will receive an additional stipend above that paid for participation in the NUMB3RS Project. 

Prior NUMB3RS Project experience and a separate application in addition to the specific NUMB3RS Project application are required.


The NUMB3RS Project: Avon

The NUMB3RS Project: Avon is an after-school program offered at the Butler Elementary School in Avon, MA. Throughout these six-week programs, Stonehill students will collaboratively design and implement a series of mathematical tasks designed to explore problem solving with students in grades 4 – 6.

For the Spring of 2015 we are recruiting for two sessions; one meets Mondays and one meets Wednesdays. Sessions are one hour and run from 3 to 4 pm in Avon, MA. Each session will be led by three Stonehill students (in conjunction with your faculty advisors).

You need to be prepared to leave campus by 2:15 and you will return by 4:30 pm. In addition to school based sessions, you will be required to meet as a team (alongside your faculty advisor) to plan for each session. Stonehill students receive a stipend at the completion of the program.

  • Faculty Advisors: Kathleen McNamara & Eunmi Yang

The 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.


NUMB3RS Project: Fall River*

*NEW for Spring 2015

The NUMB3RS Project: Fall River is a six-week afterschool program that serves middle school students (Grades 6-8) who participate in an afterschool program at the Fall River YMCA. The purpose of the program is to encourage middle school students to think algebraically by solving math “puzzles.” 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 in the Spring of 2015, you need to be available on Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 to visit the Fall River YMCA. 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.

For more information on the Fall River YMCA, please visit their website.

  • Faculty Advisor: Karen Anderson

NUMB3RS Project: School on Wheels

The NUMB3RS Project: School on Wheels was designed in collaboration 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 six-week program, Stonehill students will work collaboratively with Jennifer Gold (the Education Director of SOWMA) and their Stonehill advisor to design mathematical tasks for students involved in School on Wheels. Stonehill students will be responsible for researching content and pedagogical ideas, as well as creating and piloting materials. Students 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.

To participate in the Spring of 2015 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 / faculty advisor). Stonehill students will receive a stipend at the completion of the program.

For more information on School on Wheels please visit their website.

  • Faculty Advisor: Karen Anderson

The “Virtual” NUMB3RS Project

The “Virtual” NUMB3RS Project is just that: ‘virtual’. Through participation in this six-week program, Stonehill students will create and curate 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. Students will be able to access the material any time of the day or night from any location with internet connectivity. Upon completion, modules will be made available to students and tutors at School on Wheels of Massachusetts. Students 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.

To participate during the Spring of 2015 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 & Eugene Quinn

How to Apply

NUMB3RS Projects

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.

Students may apply for more than one program or for more than one night (e.g. NUMB3RS Project: Avon). However, please complete a separate application for each project.

NUMB3RS Project Student Leaders

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.

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.