2018 Summer Illinois Math (SIM) Camp Epsilon (students entering 8th or 9th)
Date:Mon, 6/25/2018 - Fri, 6/29/2018
Event Type:Summer Camp
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Summer Illinois Math (SIM) Camp is a free, week-long math day camp for middle and high school students hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics. Campers will see the creative, discovery driven side of mathematics. By showing them some of the ways mathematicians approach problems, SIM Camp hopes to encourage them to continue studying math beyond the high school level.
We will offer three camps in 2018. As in the past, SIM Camp Epsilon is for students entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018. SIM Camp Delta is now for students entering 9th or 10th grade. We are also introducing SIM Camp Omega for students entering 10th through 12th grade.
Topics for Camp Epsilon
Topics will be Counting Pigeons and Other Problem Solving Techniques and Maximize Your Winnings: Using Math to Understand Games.
Counting Pigeons and Other Problem Solving Techniques
How do we prove that something is impossible? Campers will learn valuable mathematical techniques such as the pigeonhole principle and coloring arguments. We will ask questions (like “can the spider make his way out of this strange cube?”), convince ourselves that the answer is no, and then use our newfound skills to prove it!
Maximize Your Winnings: Using Math to Understand Games
Which games have a winning strategy? We will play and explore a variety of games involving chance, strategy, social cooperation and anticipating the actions of others. We will use mathematical approaches to help us understand and play games better.
- SIM Camp Epsilon is for rising 8th or 9th grade students who have taken a pre-algebra class.
- Priority will be given to students who apply by April 15, but we will continue accepting applications until all camps are full.
- Visit the SIM Summer Camp website to apply.
- Department of Mathematics
- University of Illinois Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics
- Illinois Geometry Lab