Snow Kang IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Snow Kang

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Snow Kang who is beginning her studies at Dartmouth. Snow began IMACS in 1st grade and completed all levels of IMACS Math Enrichment. She returned during high school to complete the IMACS University Computer Science track. Snow’s talents and keen interest in programming, civics, and service propelled her to 1st place … Continue Reading

Math & Computer Science Program Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to Celebrate 25 Years Serving Talented Students

By Natasha ChenIMACS Public Relations PLANTATION, Fla., July 13, 2017 – The Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS) celebrates 25 years of serving talented children by awarding over $25,000 in a mix of scholarships to attend its South Florida after-school program or to enroll in its online courses. From humble beginnings of just 37 … Continue Reading

Burt Kaufman: An Appreciation

Burt Kaufman, who passed away July 7, 2007, was a mathematics educator and a founding partner of the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science. The following Appreciation was produced on the occasion of his retirement in 2006. An Appreciation Burt Kaufman has retired. To those who know him, that sounds like an oxymoron. Yet it’s … Continue Reading

Gifted Math: A Better Alternative to Acceleration

Acceleration Helps, But Gifted Kids Need More For mathematically talented children, acceleration is a commonly used approach to address their need to be challenged. While acceleration can save gifted math  students from unnecessary repetition, by definition acceleration cannot go deeper than the standard curriculum, and deeper is what many of these students desperately need. Mathematically … Continue Reading

Fiona Brady IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Fiona Brady

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Fiona Brady who is beginning her studies at Northwestern University. Fiona first attended IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp when she was ten. Over the next eight years, she went on to complete IMACS’ university-level courses in University Computer Science, AP Computer Science: Java Programming, and Logic for Mathematics. Homeschooled since fifth grade, … Continue Reading

Zachary Farnsworth IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Zachary Farnsworth

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Zachary Farnsworth, who is beginning his sophomore year at Stanford. Zac began taking IMACS classes in first grade. Nine years later, he had completed all of IMACS Mathematics Enrichment and Computer Enrichment and IMACS University-Level Computer Science. Zac graduated valedictorian of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, but not before being founder … Continue Reading

Broward County Schools to Expand Online Math Program for Gifted Students

By Joshua BolkanTHE Journal Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will expand its use of an online math program for gifted students from about 40 students to several hundred over the course of the next few years. The district has been using Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF), from the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science … Continue Reading

Teen Scientist’s Foundation Sends 20 Students to Math & Computer Science Camp

Students Will Improve Science, Math & Engineering Skills in Camp By Paradise Afshar, Digital EditorWPLG 10 ( Note from IMACS: Peyton Robertson, the subject of the article below, is a long-time IMACS student, having taken IMACS classes since he was in first grade. His mom says, “IMACS creates a uniquely fun and challenging experience for … Continue Reading

Smart is Not What You Think. It’s How You Think.

There was a time when the ability to faithfully recall information was a strong determinant of success. Now we have highly-sophisticated search engines and revolutionary chatbots that speak answers to your spoken questions. What you know and think is no longer the definitive measure of being smart. What matters now and in the future is … Continue Reading

Teach Kids How to Think and They’ll Think for Themselves

As parents we instinctively want to help our children when they struggle. Our impulse is often to just fix the problem ourselves. While this approach makes sense when children are very young, as they grow it becomes counterproductive. In rescuing our kids, we provide a quick fix but deny them opportunities to practice important skills … Continue Reading

Shakthi Shrima IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Shakthi Shrima

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Shakthi Shrima who will attend Princeton this fall. As a homeschooled student, Shakthi could learn computer science anywhere. She chose IMACS. From 10th grade to 12th grade, Shakthi completed IMACS’ Modern Computer Science track, which includes University Computer Science I, University Computer Science II and AP Computer Science: Java Programming. Shakthi … Continue Reading

Jacob Cordeiro IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Jacob Cordeiro

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Jacob Cordeiro who will attend Harvey Mudd this fall. Jacob began homeschooling in 3rd grade. Because IMACS focuses on ability level, not age, Jacob was able to enroll in his first online IMACS course as a 4th grader. He went on to complete IMACS’ university-level courses in Computer Science and Logic … Continue Reading

Sarah Thomas IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Sarah Thomas

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Sarah Thomas who will attend Stanford this fall. Sarah wanted to form a deep conceptual understanding of the algorithms and logic used in computer science. She started IMACS in the ninth grade and went on to complete IMACS’ University Computer Science sequence. Graduating as co-valedictorian of her high school class with … Continue Reading

Rachel Gologorsky IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Rachel Gologorsky

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Rachel Gologorsky who will attend Harvard this fall. Rachel began attending IMACS as a first grader. Homeschooled since third grade, she has always made time for IMACS in a busy schedule that revolved around competitive chess. While rising to the rank of #1 player in the U.S. and #15 player in … Continue Reading

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11-Year-Old Davidson Young Scholar Scores Perfect 800 on SAT Math Test

When fewer than 1% of 2014 college-bound high school seniors attain a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT, you know that you’ve met someone special when he’s achieved that amazing feat before even cracking the teen years. That someone is Shiva Oswal, a precocious 11-year-old from Northern California who recently earned that … Continue Reading