The child has one intuitive aim: self development

Challenge Bright Minds Early for Lifelong Resilience

Once upon a time, there was a bright student who first came to IMACS when he was already in high school. He was interested in learning to program and had heard high praise for our University Computer Science courses.

The class began smoothly as teacher and pupil progressed through the principles of computational thinking. This student, who was used to conquering schoolwork with his brain tied behind his back, slayed the early exercises with ease.

As the assignments quickly became more challenging, however, he found himself unaccustomed to the effort of intellectual struggle.

One day, our earnest student declared to his IMACS instructor that a certain programming problem was simply impossible to solve! Our wise and experienced teacher considered this student with a measured gaze and pointed out, “But you’ve only thought about it for three minutes.”

The student, quite politely, seriously, and honestly replied, “Well, yeah.”

If only he had started IMACS when he was younger.

The moral of the story: The earlier the experience of true intellectual challenge, the stronger the will of the mind to persevere. (In other words, enroll your elementary school child in IMACS today!)

Give your child the benefits of a true challenge with gifted math and computer science online from IMACS! Sign up for a FREE placement class at one of our local teaching centers, or explore our online courses for secondary school students at eimacs.com and EMFmath.com. Like IMACS on Facebook for the latest information about our local classes and online courses.


IMACS Live! is designed to give children a competitive edge by teaching them how to think critically using logic and reasoning. With over 25 years of experience, IMACS offers online after-school, weekend, homeschool, and summer classes for gifted and talented 1st-12th grade students in math enrichment, computer programming, logic puzzles, university-level mathematics, and university-level computer science. Highly experienced IMACS Live! instructors teach all courses via Zoom sessions. Secondary school students unable to attend using Zoom may be eligible for online self-paced courses through Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) or university-level courses through eIMACS.