Saturday Morning Math Enrichment

MathCEP is currently offering Saturday Enrichment classes for students in grades 5-7. Each program encourages participants to explore mathematics and its scientific applications from different perspectives based on specific mathematics themes.

Scholarships are readily available in cases of financial need.  Please contact our office if the cost of the programs would prevent your child from participating.

Saturday Morning Math for 5th and 6th Graders

Events

Taxicab Geometry
January 22nd 2022, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore how a different method of measuring distances has surprising consequences for geometry.

Making Your Vote Count
February 26th 2022, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn why our voting system - which is used to choose everybody from our country's president to your school council - is flawed. What other methods could we use? Are any of them better?

Cryptology
March 26th 2022, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn a variety of ways to write a message in a secret code - math and statistics are the cornerstones of modern cryptography!

Polyhedra
April 30th 2022, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Platonic solids are the most regular polyhedra and have been studied for thousands of years. Experiment with balloons to create your own models of these fascinating figures.

Saturday Morning Math for 6th and 7th Graders

Events

Walking with Euler
January 22nd 2022, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn how a puzzle invented by people out for an afternoon stroll gave birth to one of the most important fields of mathematics. Along the way, you will walk on maps, help a security guard finish their rounds, and find the best way to trick-or-treat through a neighborhood.

Apportionment & Redistricting
February 26th 2022 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Discover why drawing congressional districts is a difficult mathematical problem, and how our system of electing representatives can give quirky results.

Coding Theory
March 26th 2022 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore how cell phones, computers, and satellites use repetition to send messages and defeat static.

Graph Colorings
April 30th 2022, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn about vertex- and edge-colorings of graphs, and how to win two-player games based on graph coloring.

 

Workshop Logistics

  • Program workshops are held on specific Saturday mornings in Folwell Hall on the University's Minneapolis campus (East Bank).
  • About a week prior to each event, students will receive a reminder e-mail with further information.
  • Check-in for each workshop is from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. in front of Folwell Hall (the South East corner of Pleasant St SE and University Ave). A typical workshop schedule includes an introduction and overview from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., activities from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., a short social break, continued activities from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., and closure, cleanup, and evaluation until dismissal at noon. The student/instructor ratio at workshops is approximately 10:1.
  • Cost: $150 for the series of four events.  After the first event in December, we'll re-open registration for the remaining three events for a cost of $120.

Family Agreement

By completing the Registration Form, student and parent(s) are confirming that they reviewed and discussed the following points.

Per University policy, students, faculty, staff, and visitors, are required to wear a well-fitted mask indoors, regardless of your vaccination status. 

Students...

  1. Must be prepared to have fun while learning mathematics!
  2. Must behave responsibly -- walk between classes, stay with your group, use a quiet voice while in class and on break, clean up after yourself, and respect the property of other participants, staff and the University.
  3. Must be respectful in words and actions to other students, teaching assistants and teachers. Students will respond respectfully to the authority of the teacher and teaching assistants. Instructors will not tolerate disruptive or disorderly behaviors that interfere with classroom instruction.
  4. Must follow instructions from enrichment leaders and event staff.

Parents...

  1. Must punctually drop-off and pick-up students.
  2. Understand that only a student registered for a program may attend that program's workshops.
  3. Understand that students with the following symptoms may NOT attend a MathCEP workshop: a fever over 100 degrees; coughing; a contagious skin rash; vomiting.
  4. Understand that participants who fail to respect or follow the above policies are subject to dismissal from MathCEP programs.
  5. Must agree that MathCEP has the right to take photos for the purpose of promotional materials.
  6. Understand there is a $20 administrative fee for refunds processed before the program begins and there are no refunds once the program begins.