Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BARD COLLEGE MATH CIRCLE TO HOST WEEKLONG SUMMER CAMP IN AUGUST


ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.––The Bard Math Circle is sponsoring a unique opportunity for fun and learning at a weeklong summer camp for middle school students during the last week in August.

Held on the Bard College campus, the summer program offers a wide variety of activities and programs designed to excite, nurture, and further develop the mathematical curiosity of middle school students. Campers will explore stimulating mathematical topics not typically seen in the math classroom, while sharpening their problem-solving skills through enjoyable and challenging math games and puzzles. A host of creative mathematical art projects are also planned.

We are launching the Bard Math Circle summer camp in response to the overwhelming interest in our many student Math Circle programs held during the school year,” says Japheth Wood, math professor at the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program. “We’ve been holding regular Math Circle meetings at local libraries around the Mid­Hudson Valley and have also sponsored a series of math contests. The summer camp provides another enrichment opportunity for young math enthusiasts.”

Lauren Rose, professor of mathematics at Bard College, adds, “We worked with a steering committee of local parents, teachers, math majors, and mathematics professors to design the camp program. Our undergraduate math majors played an important role in the planning. Campers will enjoy the numerous activities planned for the week as they further enhance their understanding of the richness of mathematics.”

The Bard Math Circle summer camp runs Monday, August 25 through Friday, August 29 for students entering the 7th and 8th grade in September. The camp will run from 9 am until 3:30 pm. The weeklong camp tuition is only $150. A significant portion of the program’s expenses are underwritten by the Dolciani Math Enrichment Grant administered by the Mathematical Association of America.

About the Bard Math Circle
The Bard Math Circle, founded in 2007 by Bard math professors Lauren Rose and Japheth Wood, bridges the gap between academic and recreational mathematics. Current leadership includes Bard undergraduates Eliana Miller and Jake Weissman and Bard MAT student Joy Sebesta, who work with faculty advisers to run monthly library programs in Tivoli and Kingston, as well as several contest programs. The Math Circle is a joint project of Bard’s Mathematics Program, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Trustee Leader Scholars program, a student leadership development initiative that enables undergraduates to lead hands­on community service projects. The Bard Math Circle has been instrumental in helping Bard become a center for mathematical exploration in the Hudson Valley. For further information, including a camp application form, contact bardmathcircle@gmail.com or visit camp.bardmathcircle.org.
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