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MDOT promoting math/science careers curriculum

Students in Oak Grove Middle School's EXCEL program learn about math and science careers through the RIDES curriculum. Students in Oak Grove Middle School's EXCEL program learn about math and science careers through the RIDES curriculum.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Some Lamar County students are getting a look at new math and science career opportunities, thanks to the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation. Some sixth grade students at Oak Grove Middle School are among those taking part in MDOT's RIDES program.

RIDES stands for Roadways into Developing Elementary Students.

MDOT provides schools with curriculum and materials. MDOT employees and Southern Dist. Transportation Commissioner Tom King were at Oak Grove Middle School Thursday promoting the program as part of a RIDES Media Blitz.

"We have over 3,000 employees, but only 200 people are engineers, therefore, there are a lot of career opportunities in MDOT, certainly engineers, transportation planners, pollution, environmental," said King.

"The RIDES program is very different because it not only incorporates math and science, it incorporates all the disciplines, math and science and they're participating in experiments, the students have to reflect, they have to write," said Cindy Steven-Pheal, an EXCEL teacher at Oak Grove Middle School.

About 25,000 students in Mississippi are learning from the RIDES program.

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