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IMACS alumna Naomi Spargo sent the following email at the end of her first semester at Carnegie Mellon University. She details the ways in which her IMACS background in mathematical logic, proof-writing, and functional programming propelled her to research and teaching assistant opportunities in only her freshman year at computer science powerhouse CMU.   Dear IMACS, I’m delighted to inform 
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Andrei Chekmasov completed the EMF Math program during grades 6-8 through his public school district. As a 10th grader, he wrote the following guest blog post in which he describes the unique opportunities made available to him because he is an EMF graduate. Many would consider me lucky. I was born in a family that values mathematics highly, tutoring me 
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Every school, tutoring center, and enrichment program has nice stories of former students. But only IMACS has crazy stories like these! Erik’s Crazy Story Erik was an IMACS Math Enrichment student years ago. Now he’s a sophomore in college and his mom wrote to tell us that he “just got a 100% on a Number Theory exam and he said 
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At IMACS, we’ve seen a lot. Girls whose parents have decided they were bad at math … at age 8. Children who couldn’t handle getting anything wrong … ever. Students who were great at memorizing, but got crushed the first time they had to actually think. Yes, we’ve seen all that and more. The good news is that we have 
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Originally published in the Sports & Activities Plantation Directory, August – October 2019. Register for a FREE class at IMACS!   Located in an unsuspecting strip center in the heart of our city is an institute of higher learning for elementary, middle and high school aged students. While it has been a cornerstone of math and computer science for Plantation 
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Math competitions are a popular way to enrich the lives of mathematically talented students. Contests introduce ideas not covered in school, bring together like-minded peers, and celebrate academic achievement. But math competitions have their shortcomings. An education in advanced mathematics that starts with foundational topics, so-called “discrete math,” offers a more complete and inclusive way to develop math talent. This 
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This press release was originally published in the BCPS Newsroom. Scroll down for videos of both lectures. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Kevin Knudson, professor and chair of the University of Florida (UF) Department of Mathematics and UF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, recently presented two mathematics lectures to sixth through ninth grade students and graduates of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) EMF 
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Representatives from the University of Florida (UF) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) met with more than 150 middle school students and parents in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) last week to describe the exciting opportunities they are offering to graduates of Broward’s Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF Math) program. EMF Math is an online curriculum that teaches pre-algebra through precalculus 
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Isabella Yeung completed the EMF Math program during grades 6-8 through her public school district. She wrote the following guest blog post to share her memories of the program and advice for current and future EMF students. EMF truly is an amazing program. (No, I’m not saying this just because – I mean it with all my heart.) Looking back 
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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 how you make use of 
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