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Math, Computer Program Challenges Kids, Teens

By Sarah Lindenfeld HallWRAL.com Now in her 10th year, Laura Faucette, a mom of two, has been challenging hundreds of kids across the Triangle to excel in math and computer science. Faucette helped bring The Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science to the Triangle in July 2002. The program, based in south Florida where she’s … Continue Reading

Thomas Rutkowski: Cell Biologist

IMACS chats with Thomas Rutkowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Prof. Rutkowski received his Ph.D. in cell biology from UC San Francisco and his B.S. in biotechnology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Delaware. He completed his post-doctoral … Continue Reading

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Want to Increase Your Child’s Concentration? Play Mind Games

When he was in a reflective mood, my dad occasionally revealed interesting episodes from life as a younger man. He recalled, for example, for several years riding the train to work in company with two fellows who spent the hour-long journey either with eyes closed or staring into space while sporadically uttering cryptic phrases such … Continue Reading

4 Tips for Nurturing Mathematically-Talented Preschoolers

First, this is not a blog about how to tell if you have a mathematically talented child. There are many great resources out there by people more educated on and experienced in that topic. (I’ve found the Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, and the book “Developing Math Talent” by Assouline and Lupkowski-Shoplik very helpful.) If you … Continue Reading

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How Do You Get an Online Course Approved for Credit?

As news reports will remind you daily, education today in the United States is facing some of its most serious challenges. While extracurricular activities like music, art, and physical education were the focus of past budget cuts, the more recent crisis is taking aim at classes for advanced and gifted students. The Wall Street Journal … Continue Reading

What Is Scheme & Why Is it Beneficial for Students?

Today, we’re chatting with Iain Ferguson who – in addition to being IMACS’ senior curriculum developer for the computer science program – is the guy behind the sophisticated technology that runs our online computer programming classes. Iain has taught these courses as well, and so brings with him the experience of having seen what works … Continue Reading

From IMACS to John Hopkins: An eIMACS Computer Science Alumna Reflects

Meet Katherine Wu: eIMACS Computer Science alumna Webmaster for the Hopkins Undergraduate Research Journal Lab manager for The Center for Language and Speech Processing, where she will be conducting research this summer Author of “Breaking Barriers in Computer Science,” soon-to-be-published in the undergraduate research journal The Triple Helix One of only 50 students selected from … Continue Reading

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Why Your Child Needs to Learn Logic

Why do we bother teaching children their ABC’s when they are so young? It’s not as if they are going to write the next Gettysburg Address once they know the difference between b and d. Why do piano teachers spend so much time with their beginning students on proper finger placement? It’s not like they … Continue Reading

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3 Things You Should Expect from Online Course Providers

Some parents are skeptical that students can learn without a teacher being present in the same room. They just can’t imagine how online classes for high school students can work for their child. The reality is that online courses can work really well if you have at least three crucial ingredients. 1. Curriculum Experience Experience … Continue Reading

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3 Ways Computer Programming Skills Pay off in Finance

When students or their parents think about career choices for computer programmers, they often think of software development and gaming. No doubt, working for Google or Blizzard Entertainment would be awesome, but not everybody will land one of those coveted jobs. Operations research and various areas of engineering may also come to mind as places … Continue Reading

Right Click Left Click Neigh Horses That Program

Right Click, Left Click, Neigh: Horses That Program

(With apologies to Doreen Cronin, author of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type) There once was a stable of horses Who thought it was time to join forces And protest their labor With more than just “neigh” for A better job, advised their sources (i.e., the cows). The farmer said, “What good are you Except … Continue Reading

The Past & Future of IMACS: Q&A with President Terry Kaufman

Welcome to the new IMACS blog! Check in with us from time to time for mathematical musings and more. For our inaugural blog post, we’ve gone the utterly predictable route. We’re starting with the obligatory interview with our very own Terry Kaufman, president, co-founder and all-around good guy, at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer … Continue Reading