Tech Entrepreneur Credits IMACS for Lifelong Learning and Achievement

Steve Krouse began taking IMACS computer science classes in sixth grade. Almost 20 years later, having built a successful career as a software engineer and serial entrepreneur, Steve continues to reap the benefits of his IMACS education. His latest venture, Zaplib, makes it easy to build performance-intensive applications in the browser. In today’s blog post, … Continue Reading

Gifted Math Program Launches Alumna to MIT

Isabella Yeung is a 12th grade student at Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy in Broward County, Florida. She was part of the first cohort of public middle school students to complete the Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) math program for highly gifted and talented youth. Isabella recently emailed the following update and gave IMACS permission to … Continue Reading

EMF exposed Krisztina Tolotti to a whole new world of advanced mathematics.

EMF Opens Up a Whole World of Math for Gifted Students

Krisztina Tolotti was a top student in the EMF Math program at her public middle school. As a 9th grader, she plans to enroll in math courses at the University of Florida through the early dual enrollment program that UF offers exclusively to her school district’s EMF graduates. Upon completing EMF, Krisztina sent IMACS the … Continue Reading

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From Aristotle to Apple: how mathematical logic shapes the world we live in.

What is mathematical logic? What do you get when you combine math, computer science, philosophy, and linguistics? Mathematical logic! The big goal of mathematical logic is to link human language and thinking with math. In short, mathematical logic tries to understand math concepts through patterns that feel natural to your brain. Mathematicians who study mathematical … 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

EMF gave Vievie Romanelli the tools to understand high-level mathematics.

EMF Reveals the Beautiful and Creative Side of Math

Today’s IMACS blog post is by guest author and EMF Math student, Vievie Romanelli. Vievie recently sent us the following letter via email and kindly agreed to let us share it with our blog readers. Dear IMACS, I’m writing to let you know that EMF has been an incredibly important part of my intellectual growth. … 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 Pre-Algebra Plus

Discrete Math Puts the “Plus” in EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

EMF Math’s Pre-Algebra Plus bundle is on sale for $270 during August 2019. That’s 25% off the regular bundle price, or 50% off the total price if courses are purchased individually. Pre-Algebra Plus comes with a 300-day enrollment period. Enroll at You don’t need to pay upwards of $1000 to have your mathematically talented … 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

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EMF Math vs. The Traditional Approach to Learning Mathematics

Cole Travers completed the EMF Math program during grades 6-8 through his public school district. He wrote the following guest blog post in which he compares EMF with a traditional high school math class and explains why EMF was excellent preparation for college. Throughout my three years in EMF, I got to learn mathematics in … 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

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