My Name is Edna Arthurs and I am teaching mathematics and math methods to prospective teachers in Southern Connecticut.
I strongly support the suggestion of an Interactive Math Lab (IML)experience for future mathematicians. Content is not enough, one must know how to apply one's knowledge and furthermore, one must have fun in the process.
Too often math content knowledge is taught in isolation. The algebraists don't talk to the geometrists who in turn don't communicate with the statisticians and as a result, students explore discrete areas of mathematics, too often failing to find any connection among the specialities. An IML might help to build that connection. Students would be able to see real mathematicians at work, communicating with one another, and actually struggling to solve problems. Let students feel the frustration, the excitement, the enthusiasm, the success and the "oopseys" that we experience and then maybe they will be turned on to math.