Korean teachers to visit Governor's School

Wednesday July 21 2010


Twenty-four teachers from Busan, South Korea will spend three days at Lynchburg College observing the Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology. About 160 of the state's top high school students are studying the computer as a tool, water as a scarce resource, and the science of strength, among other topics.

The Korean teachers are here to learn more about teaching gifted students. They will sit in on classes in the morning and then spend each afternoon with a class that has developed a special presentation for them. The afternoon classes begin at 1:15 p.m. in Hopwood Hall Auditorium. The class presentations are:

• July 28, Dr. Will Briggs' class on computer game programming

• July 29, Dr. Mike Coco's class on mathematical problem solving

• July 30, Dr. Kevin Peterson's class on experimental mathematics

Some of the Governor's School students speak Korean and will help with translation when necessary.

Busan sends delegates to the U.S. almost annually, according to Dr. Han Song, a retired Lynchburg College professor who has traveled around the country with the visiting groups for a number of years. "Probably I have visited more Governor's Schools in the U.S. than any other person," Dr. Song said.

Busan Metropolitan City is South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of about 3.6 million. It is the largest port city in South Korea and the fifth largest port in the world. The city is located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula.

Before coming to Lynchburg, the Korean teachers will have visited Governor's Schools in Fairfax and Prince William counties, as well as the University of Virginia. After leaving Lynchburg, they will visit Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg, with a workshop at The College of William and Mary.

This is the 15th year Lynchburg College has hosted Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology, which is directed by LC mathematics professor Danny Cline. The school provides intensive, hands-on learning experiences in classes offered by Lynchburg College faculty and a core of faculty recruited from high schools and colleges.

For more information, contact Shannon Brennan at 434.544.8609.