SPOKANE, Wash. – Two groups of students – Washington State University math and science majors from Pullman and middle schoolers from the Colville Indian Reservation – will share a field trip  to the WSU Spokane campus on Thursday, April 28. The event will be partly about math and science and partly about motivating the younger students to stay in school and think about college.

Organizers expect to pair each college student/mentor with one or two fifth-to-eighth graders from Nespelem for lunch and a few hours of fun activities, such as scavenger hunts and building totem poles.

The event is part of the “Pumping Up the Math and Science Pipeline” program co-sponsored by WSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS).

“This is about opening eyes and helping both sides understand different cultures,” said USDA-ARS’s Kathleen Parker. “It’s also about building young people’s confidence so that they might consider math and science careers.”

Note to Editors: Parker expects both groups of students to arrive between 10:30 and 11 a.m. They’ll immediately be paired up and go for a short orientation session and lunch. Between 1 and 3 p.m., they’ll have their activity sessions.

Riverpoint Campus Visitors: Construction continues on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Take special note of the limited access on Spokane Falls Blvd. and keep in mind that Riverpoint Blvd. is open on both the east and west for access to and through campus.

Drivers should use the meters in the green parking lots, or park in the Pay and Display lot (cash, coin or debit card) located just off Spokane Falls Blvd. to the west of the South Campus Facility at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. One-hour parking on city streets is also available. A map to help guide you to your campus location can be viewed and printed ONLINE.