No math competition experience is required in order for students to participate and enjoy the camps, but the main goal of the program is to practice and learn new strategies for tackling difficult math problems. The camps are not “tutoring” or “support” classes, but are rather aimed at students who are looking for a challenge. Many students who join the camps do have previous math competition experience, and are participating in order to improve their performance.
Overview: As we’ve done the last few years, we’ll be offering three levels: Elementary (for students entering 3rd-5th grade in Fall 2020), Middle School “Intro” (entering 5th-7th grade in Fall 2020) and “Advanced” middle and high school (entering 7th-10th grade in Fall 2020).
Dates for Summer 2020:
Elementary Group (June 22nd – June 26th)
Middle School “Intro” Group (June 22nd – June 26th, or July 6th – July 10th)
Middle/High School “Advanced” (July 6th – July 12th)
In the Elementary Group, many of the students may have no math contest experience, and that’s fine! We’ll have a lot of fun, while also introducing many of the major concepts involved in math competitions (prime numbers and factors, area and perimeter, introductory “counting” problems). Some content will come from Colorado Math League contests, Math Kangaroo, and so on…but much of the activities will also be original content aimed to inspire and challenge these young “mathletes,” and introduce them to the type of problem solving they’ll need for all math contests.
In the Middle School “Intro” Group, most of the students are entering middle school (though 5th and 7th graders are also welcome), and plan to participate in MathCounts and the AMC8 math contest. The main goal of this group is to introduce the students to the major threads of middle school math competitions: Geometry, Counting, Number Theory, and Algebra. Each day we’ll focus on one of these topics in detail, doing problems from the actual contests they’ll do in middle school.
In the “Advanced” Middle/High School Group, most of the students will have had some middle school math competition experience, but want to improve their skills and their performance. The content, as in the Middle School Group, will focus on the main math competition topics–Geometry, Counting, Number Theory, and Algebra–though at a much higher level than in the previous group. Much content will be taken from higher level MathCounts (State and National), and from the AMC10 contest (which students can take up into their 10th grade year).