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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

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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

Outsourced Education for Broward’s Home-Schooled Children

By Akilah JohnsonSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel Apparently, a growing number of Broward’s home-schooled children are receiving part of their education outside of home. A Plantation learning center that usually focuses on math prodigies started a program last year that specifically aimed at helping home-schooled kids boost their logic, computer programming and math skills. The Institute of … Continue Reading

Math Program Extended

By Akilah JohnsonSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel Plantation initiative gives children boost A Plantation learning center that usually focuses on math prodigies decided to continue a program it started last year to help struggling math students. Called Boosted Learning for Achievement on Standardized Tests, or BLAST, the program is open to second-graders who score below the 70th … Continue Reading

Kids Dive into Tech Classes Outside School

By Jennifer Mooney PiedraThe Miami Herald Students with a knack for computer programming and robotics can sharpen their skills at the Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science. Math, reading, science and history are all part of the curriculum Paula Lebert uses to home school her children. But the Lauderhill mother of three admits there are … Continue Reading

Not Your Father’s Camp

From Staff ReportsNorth Carolina News & Observer For approximately 30 students, there was little fear of poison ivy or being eaten by a bear at summer camp last week. But the technology camp at Trinity Academy was a good opportunity to learn a thing or two. The camp, sponsored by the Florida-based Institute for Mathematics … Continue Reading

Private Center for Gifted Students Adds Program for Those Who Struggle in Math

By Akilah JohnsonSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel PLANTATION – One question often asked of those who run a math program for gifted children: If it’s so great, why don’t you do it for everybody? Now, on the heels of the founder’s retirement, the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, a learning center that produces talented mathematicians like … Continue Reading

Research Facility Gives Kids with Special Needs a Fun Challenge

By Candice RussellThe Miami Herald On a recent Friday, 12 math-challenged second-graders at an unusual school in Plantation were eagerly jumping up and down in their seats to solve math problems. One by one, the children deliberated at the blackboard in Brandi Parsell’s class, trying to decide whether a circle, square or triangle should be … Continue Reading