MathPath

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MathPath is a mathematics summer program for students aged 11 through 14 lasting four weeks. A qualifying test is necessary to gain admission. MathPath is centered around mathematical exploration. It is generally located on a different college campus each year.

The fee is $4500, but there are merit scholarships and financial aid. For the 2011 program, financial aid can reduce the fee to $0, depending on family income. For details about financial support, see the MathPath Fees Webpage.

During the years 2020 and 2021, MathPath was held virtual due to COVID-19.

Typical day

7:00 - 7:05 Wake-up calls
7:20 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 9:20 History of Mathematics
9:30 - 10:30 Breakout Session (Small group topics such as Rubik's cube group theory, number theory, etc.)
10:45 - 11:45 Visiting Speaker Plenary (Lecture to everyone)
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:20 - 2:20 Free Time
2:30 - 3:00 Writing mini-plenary
3:15 - 4:30 Breakout Session
4:45 - 5:30 Problem of the Day, Wrap-up, Announcements
5:20 - 6:20 Dinner
6:25 - 8:15 Recreational activities (soccer, swimming, tennis, chess, work on math problems, etc.)
8:20 - 9:10 Math Conferencing (Do Homework / POD)
9:15 - 9:30 Meet with counselors
9:30 - 9:50 Call parents
10:00 Lights out, quiet

History

George Rubin Thomas founded MathPath in 2002 as a math program for students aged 11 to 14. The name MathPath was suggested by Professor John Conway, who had been a guest lecturer at the camp since 2002 but since left. MathPath 2022 was located at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.


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