Monday, January 18, 2016

Canada/USA Mathcamp: a mathematics summer camp for high school students

From their website: 
Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. At Mathcamp, students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.
At Mathcamp, the schedule is jam packed, but everyone on it is optional: students can choose what they want to do and when.   This makes Mathcamp unique and particularly well-suited for repeat campers.  There are classes at a wide variety of levels, and so this program is the obvious choice for the most advanced students (i.e, the ones who already know a lot of undergraduate mathematics).

The culture of Mathcamp is hard to describe (I've never been, but have known enough Mathcampers to get a pretty good sense), but is definitely on the fun and silly side.  For example, see this invented language and this a cappella video.

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