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Terence Tao And The Most Simple Unsolved Problem. Really?

Try this fun puzzle and learn about the Collatz conjecture. Zara Zeld, a math Professor at the University of Sikinia, was trying to understand why it seemed like you could pick any positive integer, do some simple math and always end at the number 1. The simple math was this: If the number is odd, … Continue Reading

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Some Kids Competing In Kangaroo Math Are Lying. It’s Puzzling.

Try this puzzle! Alexa, Barney, Cara, Dylan, Ethan, and Frances are all planning to compete in the Kangaroo Math Contest, and each week they write Kangaroo Math sample questions and answers for each other so they can practice. Each kid writes one problem for exactly one other kid, and each kid receives one problem from … Continue Reading

Text on image: "The only way to learn math is to do math." The AMC-8 is such a great way for kids to get excited about problem solving.

2022 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

Virtual Math Classes as Effective as In-Person?

Virtual classes can be problematic for talented children. Teachers design classes so that every student — regardless of their skill level — can learn the material. When delivered in-person, teachers can adapt in ways that prevent more advanced students from becoming too bored. In a virtual classroom, that’s almost impossible. And that’s a big issue … Continue Reading

IMACS alumna Naomi Spargo in her freshman year at CMU

Logic Propels CMU Freshman to Research Opportunity

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 … Continue Reading

EMF is More Than just a High Level Math Course

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 … Continue Reading

Crazy Stories You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else

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 … Continue Reading

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Some Kids’ Stories Start Rough, but Have Happy Endings

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 … Continue Reading

IMACS creates better thinkers for life.

Create Better Thinkers for Life

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 … Continue Reading

EMF Math Director Iain Ferguson with EMF Math students at Westglades Middle School in Broward County, Florida.

Beyond Math Competitions: Developing Math Talent to Its Fullest Potential

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 … Continue Reading