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GirlsGetMath@ICERM: Summer Math Camp for High School Girls

(July 14 - 18, 2014)

2014 Organizing Committee:

Cost
  • Tuition is $100, lunch included. Generous financial aid is available.

 

GirlsGetMath is a weeklong mathematics summer day-program for 9th and 10th grade high school girls in the Providence, RI area.

GirlsGetMath occurs in an encouraging environment that builds young women's confidence in math and science.

GirlsGetMath expands participants' understanding and knowledge of mathematics through computations and experimentations.

GirlsGetMath provides expert mathematical training and mentoring.

GirlsGetMath@ICERM 2014 is the first of what will become a replicable national model of mathematical outreach for high school girls, with an emphasis on mathematical experimentation.

 


 

Description

This five-day non-residential mathematics program is open to high school girls from the greater Providence, RI area who will have just completed either grade 9 or grade 10 by July 2014.


GirlsGetMath@ICERM will encourage 25 young women to explore, and invite them to excel in, the mathematical sciences. Accomplished professional women, enthusiastic about serving as career models as well as scientific mentors, will lead the program. Potential topics include: cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals.

The goals of the program are:

  • to show high school women that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful, and useful
  • to build confidence in students' mathematical knowledge through engaging and expert mathematical instruction
  • to introduce high school students to a variety of career opportunities in which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role
  • to emphasize the strategic role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers
  • to provide the participants with a support group and expert mentors who are successful undergraduate, graduate students and professionals from the STEM workforce
  • to have a positive influence on the way students view their mathematical interest and ability

Instructors
The faculty organizers will be joined by undergraduate and graduate women in Mathematics and Computer Science from Brown University who will serve as teaching fellows in the program.

Event schedule TBA

The program will take place at ICERM on the Brown University campus in historic Providence, RI.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS CLOSED.


Co-sponsored by a grant from the Phoebe Snow Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).


  • Barrington Christian Academy
  • Barrington High School
  • Beacon Charter High School for the Arts
  • Cumberland High School
  • LaSalle Academy
  • Paul Cuffee Upper School
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Rocky Hill School
  • South Kingstown High School
  • St. Mary Academy Bay View
  • Tiverton High School
  • The Wheeler School
  • West Warwick High School
MondayJuly 14, 2014
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
9:00 - 9:50Warm Up Session: Thomas Jefferson and Codes11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:50Nature, the Fibonacci Numbers, and the Golden Ratio
11:00 - 11:50How Long is the Coast of Britain?: An Introduction to Fractals11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:50 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50GirlsGetMatlab - A First Look at MatLab Coding11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:00 - 2:45LAB - Let's Matlab Code
2:45 - 3:30LAB - Lab Matlab

TuesdayJuly 15, 2014
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
9:00 - 9:50Warm Up Session: Polyhedra and Origami11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:50Life is Linear: Introduction to Matrix Arithmetic11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:50Factoring Matrices11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:50 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Building a Search Engine11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:00 - 2:45LAB - Matrix Arithmetic in Matlab
2:45 - 3:30LAB - Search Engines

WednesdayJuly 16, 2014
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
9:00 - 9:50Warm Up Session: The Blue-Eyed Islanders11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:50Introduction to Modular Arithmetic11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:50Identification Numbers and Check Digit Schemes11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:50 - 12:00Group Photo11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Elementary Cryptography11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:00 - 2:45LAB - Check the Digits
2:45 - 3:30LAB - Break the Code

ThursdayJuly 17, 2014
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
9:00 - 9:50Warm Up Session:The Fold-and-Cut Problem11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:50Image Transformations using Matrices11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:50Image Filtering 111th Floor Lecture Hall
11:50 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Image Filtering 211th Floor Lecture Hall
2:00 - 2:45LAB - Transforming Images
2:45 - 3:30LAB - Filters

FridayJuly 18, 2014
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
9:00 - 9:50Warm Up SessionJeopardy!11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:50Introduction to Prime Numbers and Modular Exponentiation11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:50Exponentiation Ciphers11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:50 - 1:00Lunch11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:00 - 1:50Primality Testing11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:00 - 2:45LABBreak the Code, II
2:45 - 3:30LABIs it (not) Prime?
3:30 - 4:30Award Ceremony11th Floor Lecture Hall