UPEI’s annual Math Camp another great success

Submitted photo of Dr. Gordon MacDonald exploring complex numbers with the Math Camp goers in the computer lab during the 12th annual Math Camp held at UPEI.
The ultimate goal of Math Camp is to enrich the students’ mathematical education and to encourage them to study math at the post-secondary level.
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Posted on Thursday, 8 May 2014

The annual Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)/UPEI Math Camp was another great success. The 12th annual event held May 2–4 is a national initiative that sponsors over 20 regional camps across the country.

Math Camp is the Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ major outreach initiative for interested students in grades 10 and 11 in PEI high schools. This year’s event attracted 26 students from ten high schools across the Island.

Camp activities included sessions with faculty; group problem solving; mathematical relays; math trivia; and recreational evening activities. The camp goers also get a taste of University life as they get the opportunity to stay overnight in UPEI residence during the camp’s weekend duration. UPEI undergraduate students serve as chaperones guiding the high school students around campus and tutoring them during the camp’s problem solving sessions.

“The ultimate goal of Math Camp is to enrich the students’ mathematical education and to encourage them to study math at the post-secondary level,” said Math Camp event lead and UPEI faculty member Ken Sulston. “The camp also opens their eyes to potential careers involving mathematics and science, and is a wonderful way for the camp goers to make new friends with similar interests.”

Math Camp is sponsored by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS), CMS, UPEI’s dean of science, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.