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Challenge Bright Minds Early for Lifelong Resilience

Once upon a time, there was a bright student who first came to IMACS when he was already in high school. He was interested in learning to program and had heard high praise for our University Computer Science courses. The class began smoothly as teacher and pupil progressed through the principles of computational thinking. This … Continue Reading

Every Career Field Needs People Who Are Good At Math

If you’re not planning on pursuing a so-called STEM career, do you really need to be good at math? Yes, but not just for the often-stated reason that people encounter math regularly throughout their lives. Being able to handle everyday math is certainly important. For example: If you’ve been offered varying aid packages by different … Continue Reading

Florida scientist, 12, wows Obama with ‘sandless sandbag’

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 that “IMACS fills in many of the gaps that exist in his school-based math curriculum and has given him a deeper understanding of the math that … Continue Reading

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

IMACS Alumnus Steve Krouse

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

The Real Problem with Algebra in Schools

The Real Problem with Algebra in Schools boils down to one question, “Should all students across America be required to take Algebra to continue their studies?” In an op-ed for The New York Times titled “Is Algebra Necessary?”Andrew Hacker, an emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, ignited a … 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

An Interview with Milo Gardner, Cryptanalyst

Milo Gardner may be retired, but he’s not letting his mind rest idle. This amateur code breaker chatted with IMACS about his mathematics background and how it influenced his life. After serving in the United States Army as a cryptanalyst, Milo went on to earn his B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in History of … 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

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