Advanced Summer Camp for students age 11-14
who show high promise and love mathematics

MathPath Recreation Philosophy

MathPath exists to fuel the appetites of budding young mathematicians, and to foster the development of healthy, and often lasting, friendships.

Electronic games, whether on cell phones or computers, are absolutely not part of the MathPath experience. Campers who are used to playing such games on a regular basis can learn at MathPath, by going cold turkey, that a period of assisted self-control can break many a bad habit! It simply makes no sense to not take advantage of the abundant opportunities afforded by the proximity of, and the possibility of relating to, so many other bright young people while MathPath lasts.

There are plenty of interactive games that can be played at MathPath in which the interaction is with other human beings. Chess, SET, table tennis, pool, ultimate frisbee, soccer, dots and boxes, basketball, swimming, a variety of card games, pickle ball, tennis.... These are some of the activities that have traditionally been a big part of recreational time at MathPath.

Many campers find themselves embroiled in mathematical discussion in the evening, either over one of the problems posed during lectures or break-out sessions, or even spontaneously with a fellow camper who loves to exchange mathematical ideas.

In the same vein, although we have had campers who indulge a habit of lighter reading, perhaps just before going to bed, we encourage the reading of mathematics when reading is the chosen activity. The university library will be open to us for the month to allow campers to explore the unpredictable, and often delightful, experience of pulling an interesting-looking book off a shelf and giving oneself a chance to be swept away.

We know that those who take away the fullest experience from a month at MathPath are those who every day make a consistent effort to allow themselves the fullest possible benefit. It should be self-evident why the playing of electronic games is, by definition, excluded.


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