Why should you consider a summer math camp, in particular, us?
Because you will have so much fun!.
Fun because you will be with your tribe. Fun because of the math. Fun because of the leisure activities.
Math Fun. Each week you pick 2 courses from 12 options. In recent years we have had courses about non-Euclidean Geometry (there may be no parallel lines), Fair Division (how math helps ensure fairness), Cryptography (secret codes), the Mathematics of Origami, Mathematica (the computer program), Heavenly Mathematics (how the ancient Greeks invented trigonometry to measure the heavens and the earth) and Knot Theory (how can you tell if two knots are the same?). Sometimes we have a problem writing course and sometimes a Kendoku course. We also have competitions practice courses: MATHCOUNTS, AMC 8, 10, 12, AIME and Olympiad level. Every day we have a puzzle Problem of the Day. We also teach material that is standard to mathematicians but not covered well in school, e.g., combinatorics, number theory, symbolic logic, and induction. Finally, each year some faculty teach some one-of-a-kind courses that are hard to categorize because of their catchy titles, for instance, in the last two years The Other Triangular Numbers, Guessing Games, Ford Circles and Farey Tales, The Abelian Sandpile Model, and Exploding Dots. You get a lot of choice of what to study. Take a look at our course list and our course catalog for last summer, accessible from
(Sometime in spring 2017 this link will instead go to the course catalog for the coming summer.)
Leisure fun. Leisure activities typically include: chess, table tennis, card games, arts and crafts, music, dancing, soccer, basketball, tennis, and pickleball (pickleball?). Not to mention just hanging out with other mathy, zany kids. We also have optional off-campus trips like cycling, water sports, rock climbing, and museums. It all depends on the location and what new ideas the counselors think up. in summer 2017 we will be at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts. Basketball fans might visit the nearby Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield. There will probably be an all-camp visit to the wonderful Museum of Science in Boston.
Take a look at
these photos. We picked out about 50 particularly illustrative photos about MathPath from the last few years. If you wonder exactly what is going on in some of these photos, you will just have to get admitted and come to find out.
But don't take our word for how great MathPath is; check out the many comments by "MathPathogens" themselves. Click on the student comments in the navbar to the left.
Actually, we stopped posting new student comments a few years ago because they had gotten repetitive. But the old posts are still there, and we probably will soon post some student comments from 2016 because some were very eloquent. Also we never stopped posting parent comments, which are longer and more varied (parents fill out an online survey at their convenience; students fill out a paper and pencil survey on the last day when they are rushing). Your parents might very much want to know what other parents have said. Finally, you may want to check out what alumni say about us on the Art of Problem Solving MathPath threads, also accessible from the navbar. Caution: Mostly what they say is accurate, but not always.☺
So, ready to apply?
Please take the first easy step: fill out our
2017 online application form.
It takes about 10 minutes and there's no application fee.
Next start on our
QT (Qualifying Test); it takes some time and thought, but if you like the problems, MathPath is for you. Most applicants spend a few weeks on the QT on and off.
Yes, a few weeks, and some of that time you will be stuck and frustrated, but that is not a bad sign. Creative frustration is part of being a mathematician!
Before long be sure to go to the How to Apply page near the top of the navbar.
It gives the complete description of how to apply, including details about submitting the QT.
We hope to hear from you. If you will be 11–14 this summer, MathPath is
the one national math camp just for you. Questions are welcome. To contact us,
see the bottom of the navbar.
Executive Director, MathPath
Professor of Mathematics, Swarthmore College
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