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The Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) and the Office of Pre-College Programs in the Division of Outreach at the University of Mississippi announces its 10th annual MathCamp summer program for students who will be in the 5th – 8th grades during the 2017 – 2018 school year.

About: The MathCamp program is a five day, four night, camp designed for middle school students who show a significant need for a positive learning experience and a deeper understanding of concepts in mathematics.  Teachers can recommend up to two students per class taught whom they feel meet such criteria and whom would most likely benefit from this learning experience.

Goals: The goals of the program are to inspire in students a real interest and to improve their performance in mathematics.  MathCamp instruction concentrates on Geometry and Measurement concepts aligning with the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards.  While the main focus is on mathematics, students will also gain a better understanding of science concepts and the capabilities of technology.

Cost: The 2017 MathCamp season will consist of four one-week camps for new campers. Normal camp costs would be $350/camper. Fortunately, the CMSE has been awarded scholarship funds for campers. Therefore, there is a $150 nonrefundable seat deposit for all participants, except those students who are qualified to receive free or reduced school lunch. The seat deposit for those students is reduced to $50.

Recommendation/Acceptance Process: The teacher recommendation deadline is March 29, 2017.  A committee of CMSE staff members will review the recommendations of eligible students. Only students who are not already high achievers in mathematics and/or who have not already attended MathCamp prior to this year will be eligible for the program. Approximately 20 students will be chosen for each session and invitations will be sent directly to their home/email address.