the math enthusiasts 2018-19

where

Sixth Avenue UCC 
3250 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206

where


Sixth Avenue UCC

3250 E 6th Ave

Denver, CO 80206

time

9:30am - 11:30am

time


9:30am - 11:30am

cost

$15 - $20
Drop In Each Camp
September 8th to
 May 18th
No Camp 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 3/23, 3/30
REGISTER

cost


$15 - $20

Drop In Each Camp

September 8th to

May 18th

No Camp 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 3/23, 3/30

REGISTER

age

For children in 1st - 8th grades

age


For children in 1st - 8th grades

DESCRIPTION

This Math Club is designed for children who want to: 
Become smarter and faster with mental math 
Build strong and effective problem solving habits
Develop a solid foundation in mathematical concepts
Participate in a variety of math competitions
We will partner with each child to help them set their own goals that they will work to achieve during the club time throughout the school year.

DESCRIPTION


  1. This Math Club is designed for children who want to:

  2. BulletBecome smarter and faster with mental math

  3. BulletBuild strong and effective problem solving habits

  4. BulletDevelop a solid foundation in mathematical concepts

  5. BulletParticipate in a variety of math competitions

  6. We will partner with each child to help them set their own goals that they will work to achieve during the club time throughout the school year.

a saturday morning math club

What will my child do on Saturday mornings?

We will partner with each child to help them set their own, personal goals for this school year.  For example, we encourage each child to work on number fluency each Saturday.  Kids will work at their own pace and at their own level towards improving their mental math arithmetic.  Kids will have access to our puzzle center which is a fun, compelling way to further strengthen their logical and spatial reasoning skills.  And finally, we encourage all kids to practice for and participate in math competitions.

Why should my child participate in math competitions?

Problems from prestigious math contests are beautifully designed, cover a wide variety of topics and skills, and are far more challenging than what children are exposed to in a typical math classroom.  Your child will gain confidence in engaging with problems they haven’t seen before, in which the answers are not immediately obvious and the most elegant approach to solving them is not readily apparent.  This is what being a powerful user of mathematics is all about.

What competitions are included?

Your child chooses to take as many competitions as they desire from the list below.

  1. BulletThe Math Olympiads Elementary and Middle School Divisions

  2. BulletThe American Math Competition (AMC 8)

  3. BulletMath Kangaroo

  4. BulletNoetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC)

  5. BulletColorado Math League

  6. BulletPurple Comet! Math Meet

What if my child doesn’t win? 

We approach mathematics more like an art than like a sport.  Competition level problems allow your child to engage with math deeply and truly.  This experience will change the way your child communicates, how they engage with the world and the tools they will use to creatively solve the problems they encounter.  Our focus is not winning and losing but rather to hone your child’s mathematical skills, to help them appreciate the solutions and strategies employed by other kids, and to feel joy in their own personal growth.

What will you do to make the competitions less stressful?

We believe that the pressure of time not only diminishes the fun in solving challenging math problems, but actually hinders your child’s progress.  Therefore, kids will not be timed when taking the competitions.  Longer contests will be spread out over two sessions so that stamina becomes a non-issue.  This means that the results from the competitions will be unofficial.  This fact does not change the end goal which is to help children develop an exceptionally high level of proficiency in solving challenging math problems as well as increase their love of playing with math.

How will you define and celebrate success?

Each contest will have clearly defined goals.  Children receive accolades when they achieve these goals and their victories will be celebrated. In other words, instead of competing against each other, kids are pursuing clear and achievable personal goals. 

For example, children who score 18 or above in the Math Olympiads are declared “Masters” and will receive a gold medal.  A perfect score in the Math Olympiads is 25, and 18 correct answers typically places a child in the top 10% of the approximately 150,000 elite math students participating worldwide.  If a child participates in our math club for two consecutive years and improves their overall score for any specific competition, they will receive a recognition for this improvement.

Our child missed a contest because s/he was absent.  Can they still participate?

Yes!  Each child will have their own customized schedule.  They will practice each time they come in and when they decide that they are ready they will then take the contest.

How did the 2017-18 Math Enthusiast Team Do?

Awesome!  We hosted the Swigert Annual Math Tournament for 3rd and 4th grade students and attracted 80 students from around Denver.  We also participated in the Purple Comet 2018 math competition for the first time and the Math Enthusiasts was listed for 2nd place in Colorado!  We gave away 8 trophies to students who scored in the top 10% worldwide of various competitions throughout the year.  We also had 2 students who took the same contest for two consecutive years and beat their previous score which is exactly the progress we are working towards.  Every student completed well over 100 math competition problems throughout the year and every child worked on and improved their own mental math fluency.  It was a total joy to work with this dedicated, energized and creative group of students.

How did the 2016-17 Math Enthusiast Team Do?

Fantastic!  Our team took 1st and 3rd place for the individual event at the annual Westerly Creek Math Olympiad tournament and our team placed 1st overall out of 85 participants.  We gave away 14 trophies to students who scored in the top 10% of various competitions throughout the year.  Congratulations to this strong group of math students!

A 2nd & 3rd grader complete an advanced Ken Ken puzzle.

For kids who love to excel in math !