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IMACS Success Spotlight: Cole Travers

Cole started IMACS Math Enrichment in first grade. He went on to attend multiple Hi-Tech Summer Camps and excelled in University Computer Science I and II, AP Computer Science A: Java Programming, and EMF Math. As a National Merit Finalist with straight A’s, Cole was selected as one of his high school’s valedictorians. He scored … Continue Reading

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Gifted Students Need Strong Study Habits Too

Empowering your gifted child with effective study habits early on is not just advantageous, it’s crucial for their long-term academic success. Many parents may underestimate the importance of instilling these habits before college, assuming that stellar grades in challenging coursework are sufficient preparation for university-level rigor. However, relying solely on inherent intelligence without fostering disciplined … Continue Reading

IMACS Success Spotlight: Zachary Hardgrave

As a bright and talented third grader, Zachary needed more of a challenge. He found IMACS and thrived in Math Enrichment classes, University Computer Science courses, and multiple sessions of Hi-Tech Summer Camp. Zachary went on to graduate high school with a 4.85 GPA, 1570 on the SAT, and 35 on the ACT while earning … Continue Reading

Challenging the Talented Child

Burt Kaufman, one of the foremost American mathematics curriculum developers of the last half-century, once made an observation that resonates with many educators of bright and talented children. It was that good grades obtained through little or no effort ultimately lead to poor study habits and general intellectual laziness. Even parents of children enrolled in … Continue Reading

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IMACS Success Spotlight: Shiva Oswal

A long-time homeschooler, Shiva started taking IMACS online courses at age 10 with the Elements of Mathematics: Foundations program. He went on to complete University Computer Science I and II, AP Computer Science A and Advanced Topics, and Logic for Mathematics I and II. Shiva scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the … Continue Reading

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Who thinks chess math games are the best? Tough one!

Ava and Bianca were bored on a rainy afternoon. Ava, who loved math and language arts equally and had a very impressive vocabulary, challenged Bianca to give her any math-related word to define. Ava said, “Bianca, I’ll bet you a quarter that I can give you a definition for any word that a mathematician might … Continue Reading

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IMACS Success Spotlight: Grace Hancock

Grace started Primary Enrichment at IMACS in first grade and continued with Math Enrichment and university-level Mathematical Logic classes. She was among the first students in the country to complete EMF Math through her public middle school. In addition to scoring 1570 on the SAT, 35 on the ACT, and graduating summa cum laude with … Continue Reading

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Urgent! Help Mathematician Georg Cantor In this Epic Logic Puzzle.

Georg Cantor was a mathematician who invented the branch of math known as set theory. He lived from 1845 to 1918. Try this fun logic puzzle about time traveling to meet Cantor. Professor Henderton from University College is obsessed with set theory and Georg Cantor. Ever since Henderton wrote his dissertation on Cantor’s theory of … Continue Reading

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Testimonial From IMACS Graduate Evan Fellman

Evan Fellman started taking IMACS mathematics enrichment classes in 2nd grade, later going on to take all of our University Computer Science courses. He recently took the time to write the following about the positive impact our program had on him. Thank you, Evan! Thanks to IMACS, I had a head start in mathematics and … Continue Reading

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Terence Tao And The Most Simple Unsolved Problem. Really?

Try this fun puzzle and learn about the Collatz conjecture. Zara Zeld, a math Professor at the University of Sikinia, was trying to understand why it seemed like you could pick any positive integer, do some simple math and always end at the number 1. The simple math was this: If the number is odd, … Continue Reading

Tech Entrepreneur Credits IMACS for Lifelong Learning and Achievement

Steve Krouse began taking IMACS computer science classes in sixth grade. Almost 20 years later, having built a successful career as a software engineer and serial entrepreneur, Steve continues to reap the benefits of his IMACS education. His latest venture, Zaplib, makes it easy to build performance-intensive applications in the browser. In today’s blog post, … Continue Reading

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Can You Solve a Puzzle by Martin Gardner, the Best American Puzzler of All-Time?

Challenge yourself and your friends with this fun number puzzle. Martin Gardner was one of the most important American puzzlers and popular science writers ever. He lived from 1914-2010, and wrote thousands of fascinating puzzles in his lifetime, as well as writing a deeply important popular science column weekly for 25 years. Some of the … Continue Reading

Gifted Math Program Prepares High School Student for Undergraduate Research

Samantha Carozzi is currently an 11th grade student at Cooper City High School in Broward County, Florida. She completed all five levels of the IMACS Math Enrichment Program during grades 1-5. In middle school she started IMACS University Computer Science and was part of the second cohort of public school students to complete the Elements … Continue Reading

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Some Kids Competing In Kangaroo Math Are Lying. It’s Puzzling.

Try this puzzle! Alexa, Barney, Cara, Dylan, Ethan, and Frances are all planning to compete in the Kangaroo Math Contest, and each week they write Kangaroo Math sample questions and answers for each other so they can practice. Each kid writes one problem for exactly one other kid, and each kid receives one problem from … Continue Reading

Gifted Math Program Launches Alumna to MIT

Isabella Yeung is a 12th grade student at Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy in Broward County, Florida. She was part of the first cohort of public middle school students to complete the Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) math program for highly gifted and talented youth. Isabella recently emailed the following update and gave IMACS permission to … Continue Reading