College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics

Program Description

cosaedron_fractal

Our program is designed for creative learners who are enthusiastic about discovering mathematics.  We believe that when smart kids are exposed to interesting math topics through guided self-discovery activities, the result is a good deal of learning and fun.   Participants will:

  • Learn about fractals by competing to make the best fractal movie.
  • Construct models of polyheda and explore their symmetries.
  • Compete at the game of dodge ball in order to understand Cantor’s proof that there are different sizes of infinity.
  • Compute the probabilities of being dealt different poker hands.
  • Solve optimization problems related to the shapes of bubbles.
  • Study prime numbers and modular arithmetic.
  • Work together to do what mathematicians do: explore an intriguing phenomenon, formulate precise conjectures about the underlying patterns, and eventually prove beautiful theorems.