The DC Summer Math Institute (DCSMI) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) DC corporation whose aim is to provide talented rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade students with an exciting 2-week experience focused on developing their gifts as mathematical problem solvers through a variety of engaging mathematical topics and challenges. Students will explore topics that are carefully designed to expand their current mathematical knowledge base with new material that is both challenging and developmentally appropriate. The program does not simply present students with traditional high school math topics, as many enrichment programs for gifted middle schoolers do. Rather, the curriculum at the DC Summer Math Institute gives students opportunities to explore in depth topics normally not addressed in math curricula until the collegiate level, such as advanced number theory, fractals, chaos theory, advanced probability and combinatorics, polyhedral geometry, and game theory, in a manner that is accessible to all of them. In addition to exploring topics in math, students will receive instruction in Mathematica, a computational programming platform used by sophisticated math students and professionals. Through exposure to these advanced math topics, computer programming techniques, and extensive problem solving challenges, students build not only a widening set of tools and strategies for tackling difficult math problems, but also increased resilience and confidence in facing these problems. While there will be some opportunities for healthy and fun-spirited competition, the main emphasis will be on group problem solving and collective exploration of new topics.
This summer, the DC Summer Math Institute will take place from July 11th-22nd, from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Wisconsin Ave campus of Sidwell Friends School. The fee for the 2-week session is $1300. (DC Public School students are eligible to apply for a full scholarship award.)