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The Answer to “Why?”

This blog post offers simple advice on how to address the ultimate question in a way that stimulates logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. It can be endearing, or at times downright frustrating – that eternal question, “why?” When bright children discover that single word, they seem to grab onto it and won’t let go. … Continue Reading

Slowing Down to Get Ahead in Math

The classrooms that produce high achieving students are those in which students work on deep, rich mathematics through tasks that they can take to any level they want. No one is told what level they can reach and no one is held back by narrow questions that limit students’ mathematical development and creativity. —Jo Boaler, … Continue Reading

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2022 AMC Math Competition Guide. Love Math? Score Better!

Everything you need to know to ace every level of the AMC competition. The American Mathematics Competition, better known as the AMC, is the first step to becoming America’s best mathlete and going all the way to the Math Olympiad. But the AMC is so much more than just the pathway to winning the title … Continue Reading

Virtual Math Classes as Effective as In-Person?

Virtual classes can be problematic for talented children. Teachers design classes so that every student — regardless of their skill level — can learn the material. When delivered in-person, teachers can adapt in ways that prevent more advanced students from becoming too bored. In a virtual classroom, that’s almost impossible. And that’s a big issue … Continue Reading

Crazy Stories You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else

Every school, tutoring center, and enrichment program has nice stories of former students. But only IMACS has crazy stories like these! Erik’s Crazy Story Erik was an IMACS Math Enrichment student years ago. Now he’s a sophomore in college and his mom wrote to tell us that he “just got a 100% on a Number … Continue Reading

Don't assume that she's not a math person

Some Kids’ Stories Start Rough, but Have Happy Endings

At IMACS, we’ve seen a lot. Girls whose parents have decided they were bad at math … at age 8. Children who couldn’t handle getting anything wrong … ever. Students who were great at memorizing, but got crushed the first time they had to actually think. Yes, we’ve seen all that and more. The good … Continue Reading

IMACS creates better thinkers for life.

Create Better Thinkers for Life

Originally published in the Sports & Activities Plantation Directory, August – October 2019.Register for a FREE class at IMACS! Located in an unsuspecting strip center in the heart of our city is an institute of higher learning for elementary, middle and high school aged students. While it has been a cornerstone of math and computer … Continue Reading

Cole Travers

EMF Math vs. The Traditional Approach to Learning Mathematics

Cole Travers completed the EMF Math program during grades 6-8 through his public school district. He wrote the following guest blog post in which he compares EMF with a traditional high school math class and explains why EMF was excellent preparation for college. Throughout my three years in EMF, I got to learn mathematics in … Continue Reading

Challenge Bright Minds Early for Lifelong Resilience

Once upon a time, there was a bright student who first came to IMACS when he was already in high school. He was interested in learning to program and had heard high praise for our University Computer Science courses. The class began smoothly as teacher and pupil progressed through the principles of computational thinking. This … Continue Reading

Every Career Field Needs People Who Are Good At Math

If you’re not planning on pursuing a so-called STEM career, do you really need to be good at math? Yes, but not just for the often-stated reason that people encounter math regularly throughout their lives. Being able to handle everyday math is certainly important. For example: If you’ve been offered varying aid packages by different … Continue Reading

Georges Papy: A Mathematics Educator for the Ages

IMACS pays tribute to Belgian mathematician and mathematics educator, Georges Papy, who died in Brussels back in November 2011 at the age of 91. Georges and his wife, Frédérique, also a noted mathematics educator, were two of the seminal figures in the development of what eventually became the IMACS Mathematics Enrichment curriculum. We are deeply … Continue Reading

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