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Why Failure is Good

Why Failure is Good

Have you ever wondered why failure is good? Throughout history, humanity has encountered setbacks in nearly every aspect of life, providing invaluable lessons for growth. Embedded in our nature is an innate drive to overcome challenges and find solutions. However, finding effective solutions often begins with a series of failures. Fortunately, contemporary science confirms the … Continue Reading

The Negative Effects of Homework Help

The Negative Effects of Homework Help

Have you ever been asked for homework help and or offered to help someone with theirs? Most parents worldwide have been on both sides of this situation. In a thought-provoking article published in The New York Times titled “But I Want to Do Your Homework,” Judith Newman shares her experience of overediting her 12-year-old son’s … Continue Reading

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3 Reasons Why Summer Camps Matter For Students

At IMACS, we firmly believe there are many long-lasting reasons why STEM Summer Camps matter to students. While outdoor adventures are undoubtedly important, there are invaluable benefits of incorporating educational summer camp into your child’s schedule. Here’s why parents ought to consider STEM Summer Camps for their children. Retain Knowledge with Summer Camps Use it … Continue Reading

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Computational Thinking for Kids: A Guide to Fun and Engaging Activities

There is a growing trend of initiatives that aim to introduce computational thinking and other computational concepts to young children. One notable example is MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group, which is actively developing programming software designed for children from preschool through second grade. There are even board books introducing HTML and CSS concepts to babies, although … Continue Reading

Math Careers: Your Child’s Secret Weapon for Future Success

In the modern workforce, math careers have expanded beyond traditional boundaries, and the role of mathematics is essential in various professions.“Do our children need to excel in math if they aren’t pursuing a STEM career?” The answer is a resounding “Yes”. Mastering mathematics proves beneficial across professions because it instills problem-solving skills and analytical prowess, … Continue Reading

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Video Testimonial: Twins Build a Strong Foundation in Math

At IMACS, we’re committed to providing the best STEM education for kids. That’s why we were thrilled to hear about Emily’s experience with our Math Enrichment classes. Emily, an HR operations director, her husband Brian, an iOS app developer, and their twin 7-year-old boys live in St. Louis, MO. The boys have had a blast … Continue Reading

Introducing the unique educational approach of IMACS

IMACS is an educational program like no other. Thanks to our focus on logical reasoning and problem-solving, IMACS students learn much more than just math or computer science – they learn how to truly think. Our meticulously-designed, world-class curriculum is developed by experts in their fields; our lessons are fun and engaging; and our online … Continue Reading

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2024 AMC Math Competition Guide. Love Math? Score Better!

Everything you need to know to ace every level of the AMC competition. The American Mathematics Competition, better known as the AMC, is the first step to becoming America’s best mathlete and going all the way to the Math Olympiad. But the AMC is so much more than just the pathway to winning the title … Continue Reading

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Family Raises Mathematical Talent to the Third Power With IMACS

When you hear the name Newton and math together, you probably think of Sir Isaac. At IMACS we think of Paula Newton and her family whose mathematical talents have flourished for three generations. Their story begins in the 1960s when Paula was a gifted math student at Nova High School under the tutelage of IMACS co-founder Burt … Continue Reading

The Answer to “Why?”

This blog post offers simple advice on how to address the ultimate question in a way that stimulates logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. It can be endearing, or at times downright frustrating – that eternal question, “why?” When bright children discover that single word, they seem to grab onto it and won’t let go. … Continue Reading

Three New Year’s Resolutions for Educators

It’s the time of year when we think about changes and improvements for the new year. Here are three that IMACS would be delighted to see on every educator’s list: Teach computer science. The opportunity for American students to learn this increasingly important subject in school is woefully rare. If we want future generations to … Continue Reading

Thinking with Logical Creativity

Can you link all nine dots using four or fewer straight lines, without lifting your finger and without tracing the same line more than once? We all understand what is meant when a person exclaims, “That’s so creative!” This is a typical reaction to a new and often pleasing, useful or clever idea. It might … Continue Reading

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Who thinks chess math games are the best? Tough one!

Ava and Bianca were bored on a rainy afternoon. Ava, who loved math and language arts equally and had a very impressive vocabulary, challenged Bianca to give her any math-related word to define. Ava said, “Bianca, I’ll bet you a quarter that I can give you a definition for any word that a mathematician might … Continue Reading

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Urgent! Help Mathematician Georg Cantor In this Epic Logic Puzzle.

Georg Cantor was a mathematician who invented the branch of math known as set theory. He lived from 1845 to 1918. Try this fun logic puzzle about time traveling to meet Cantor. Professor Henderton from University College is obsessed with set theory and Georg Cantor. Ever since Henderton wrote his dissertation on Cantor’s theory of … Continue Reading