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I listened to your recent podcast interview and needed to introduce you to a future IMACS student, my son James! Although he is almost 15 months now, I cannot wait for him to start taking IMACS classes! I loved IMACS classes and I know they helped me get to where I am today, structural analyst for gas turbine engines. Thank you and all of the IMACS team members for your priceless support, knowledge, and enthusiasm.

IMACS Alumna and Future IMACS Parent!

We enrolled our profoundly gifted daughters in September 2021 for IMACS Math Enrichment, not fully knowing everything about it or the long term benefits. We looked at the reviews from the past students who are now adults who swore by its benefits. While our children are still in their first year with IMACS, we can categorically say that they are having the best time.

The course is helping our children develop a sharper logical mind and hone their problem solving skills. The children have so much fun doing the assignments and they look forward to doing it each week. So much so, that our younger child completes her homework and pre-coursework at the very start of the week and then mid-week has a massive craving for IMACS and has to logon to double check that she has in fact completed her homework, because she wants to do more IMACS so badly. Sometimes she is disappointed in herself for being greedy at the start of the week and completing all her IMACS assignments already!

One time, our older child needed to move the lesson to another day due to planned social engagements, but decided to do the harder thing and keep the lesson on her usual day since she enjoys learning at just the right pace with her teacher. This is a compliment to the teaching style of the teachers, their ability to adapt lessons and the hard work they put in.

As parents, despite the time zone difference between the US and Europe, we find it easy to reach out to the IMACS team to discuss any questions or clarifications we may have and if the lessons need minor adjustments, the team is always willing to discuss promptly. This is something we appreciate very much.

Miroslav Rai Simcik

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for existing. You were a first mover in the space. We found you at a time when there was very little to nothing available for kids curricularly in computer science. And it was an interest and strong curiosity for Claire way back then, and I was grateful to be able to ignite that interest through your program. She was just accepted at Carnegie Mellon University and is looking forward to continuing her CS studies there next year!

In my first year at Yale everybody in my dorm was asking me questions about math proofs that seemed to me to be completely routine, and I remember asking myself how they could have studied so long and yet know so little. Thank you IMACS for any such giving a great preparation for college!

“IMACS taught me to simultaneously think critically and creatively, imbuing me with skills that assisted me throughout high school and played a fundamental role in my decision to pursue data analysis at Princeton University.”

An MIT degree says to the world that you are capable of complex problem solving and abstract thinking. IMACS gave me a jumpstart on my MIT education, as it taught me to exercise the same parts of my mind that I use now on a daily basis.

This 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.

“I’m writing to let you know that EMF has been an incredibly important part of my intellectual growth. It’s given me the tools to understand serious math, and it’s encouraged me to be curious about it.”

… “I realized once again how unusual of an opportunity I’ve had to see the beautiful and creative side of math, beyond the formulas most people are limited to.”

My 7-yr old has been with IMACS for a few months. With a global pandemic and schools being online, IMACS could not have come to us at a more perfect time. They have, as well as many others, adapted to an online platform and I must say they have excelled and succeeded in being top-notch. They keep their online classes very interactive, never redundant, and always allowing my son to take something productive at the end of each class. As many children may not be progressing academically, my son has flourished despite this new “normal”. Not only is he gaining academic skills, he is also honestly enjoying each class. It’s a definite win-win!! If you are looking to enrich, enhance, supplement, and/or challenge your children, I would highly recommend IMACS. You will not be disappointed.

Alumna Krisztina Tolotti was a top student in the EMF Math program at her public middle school. Upon completing EMF, Krisztina sent IMACS the following email highlighting the significant advantages that she gained learning math the EMF way.

“Thank you so much for such an amazing math program that I am honored to be a part of. Over these last years, the IMACS programs always (and still do) mean a lot to me, and taught me what math truly is about. What I find funny is that whenever I get asked what kind of math I am doing, I always have a hard time explaining”…

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.

“I’m delighted to inform you that your IMACS courses have been even more helpful than I previously expected! During my first semester at CMU, I’ve become extremely interested in type theory and it’s applications to computer science.”…

 

11-year-old Davidson Young Scholar scores perfect 800 on SAT Math Test

“Self-paced, online programs such as Elements of Mathematics: Foundations from IMACS are uniquely suited to adequately challenge the mathematically gifted,” shares Arvinder. “Our son loves EMF as it allows him to accelerate at his own pace and level up accordingly.”

As Shiva’s mom put it beautifully, “An important part of what we do has to do with ‘the journey’. The journey has not been delegated. The fondest part is that we are traveling on this journey together. We are constantly amazed at how far a child can go when allowed to freely pursue a passion-centric learning approach. It’s been a joy to see Shiva surprise us every day with out-of-the-box solutions. We are very grateful for all that we are learning together as a family because we often satisfy curiosities rather than march to fulfill an external mandate or to earn a grade.”

Abed loves math. From his early years we noticed his love for numbers and his logical reasoning. We’ve always wanted him to be immersed in a rich challenging experience. We’ve been searching for a while. We found some platforms that offer content according to the grade level. That wasn’t our request. Then we found the amazing online math enrichment program called IMACS. Abed tried their online class and loved it. I appreciate that they offer interactive live sessions and that the students are enrolled based on a placement class not their grade level. I’m so glad that Abed will be part of this professional e-learning program.

IMACS alumna Anna Cai, a Texas resident and now parent herself, was thrilled that her daughter would now have the IMACS experience. “IMACS was enough to save me from all the boredom of school,” says Anna who went on to earn a PhD in Economics. “Even though IMACS is just a few hours a week, it was so stimulating that I was fine sitting in my regular school classroom, doing whatever else.”

The IMACS Blog reconnects with alumnus Mark Engelberg

… One of the things that was really important to me was to make sure my kids had a strong foundation in math and computer science. Fortunately, I have the advantage that I learned the IMACS curriculum when I was in middle school and high school. This made it easy for me to teach these subjects because I’d already experienced first-hand what a top-tier math and CS education looks like.

EMF Reflections by Alumna Isabella Yeung

“EMF truly is an amazing program. (No, I’m not saying this just because; I mean it with all my heart.) Looking back at the last three years, I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in EMF. Unquestionably, I have grown from when I was a 6th grader just starting EMF. This rigorous program has expanded my knowledge about the world of mathematics, stimulated my brain cells, boosted my confidence level, and let me grow as a student”…

“I probably would have been completely bored in math all through middle school if I had not been in EMF.”

EMF Alumnus Cole Travers 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 the way that a mathematician understands it. Now that I am in 9th grade and in a traditional math class, I can compare this experience to my EMF experience.

The main difference is that EMF focused on the why of math, while traditional classes focus on the how of math.”

Alumnus Andrei Chekmasov completed the EMF Math program during grades 6-8 . As a 10th grader, he wrote the following guest blog post, EMF is More Than just a High Level Math Course, 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 in advanced concepts at a younger age than other students.”

 

My peers at college were very intelligent, but they struggled with real university math classes. I’m so glad that I had the right foundation. Thank you, IMACS!