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Making math ‘so much fun’

Julie Landry LavioletteSouth Florida Parenting In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, known as IMACS, is giving away 20 scholarships. The organization, which offers after-school, weekend and summer camp programs in computer science, virtual robotics and math logic, among other topics, aims to help students in first through 12th … Continue Reading

IMACS Awards 20 Scholarships to Celebrate 20 Years in Business

By Lauren RosenfarbIMACS Public Relations PLANTATION, Fla. August 27, 2013 – This month the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS) – acclaimed for fostering lifelong problem-solving and critical thinking skills – celebrates 20 years of serving talented children by awarding 20 scholarships to attend its South Florida after-school math program. From humble beginnings of … Continue Reading

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The Limitations of "Learn to Code" Mania

This year IMACS celebrates 20 years of educating talented, young students in mathematics and computer science. In all this time, we have never wavered in our philosophy that providing children with a deep and strong foundation in logical reasoning would enable them to take on virtually any intellectual pursuit with ease and confidence. In mathematics, … Continue Reading

Broward Summer Camps Offer a Range of Interests

By Julie Landry LavioletteThe Miami Herald Summer camp is no longer just a place to park your kids between school sessions. Today’s camps help kids expand their minds, try out an artistic talent or get back to nature. They teach kids how to do magic tricks, sing with a rock band or maneuver a stand-up … Continue Reading

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IMACS Computer Science Changes Lives

This month’s IMACS blog post is by guest author and IMACS alumnus, Steve Krouse. Steve recently sent us the following letter via email and kindly agreed to let us share it with our blog readers. Learn more about the IMACS Computer Science program that was the turning point in Steve’s academic career. Dear IMACS, I’ve … Continue Reading

Georges Papy: A Mathematics Educator for the Ages

IMACS pays tribute to Belgian mathematician and mathematics educator, Georges Papy, who died in Brussels back in November 2011 at the age of 91. Georges and his wife, Frédérique, also a noted mathematics educator, were two of the seminal figures in the development of what eventually became the IMACS Mathematics Enrichment curriculum. We are deeply … Continue Reading

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

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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

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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