Organizing Committee
 Ruth Crane
Brown University  Maria Lorenz
Temple University  Irina Mitrea
Temple University  Katharine Ott
Bates University  Allison Pacelli
Williams College
Abstract
GirlsGetMath is a weeklong mathematics summer dayprogram 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.
This fiveday nonresidential 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
Program Details
 Instructors
 The faculty organizers will be joined by undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs who will serve as teaching fellows in the program.
 Location
 Pandemic permitting, the program will take place at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) on the Brown University campus.
 Participant Requirements

 Students must not have attended a previous GirlsGetMath@ICERM program
 Students must be in the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2014
 Students must live in or near the greater Providence, RI area
 Students must ask one math teacher to submit a letter of reference
 Tuition
 Tuition is $100. Full financial aid is available. Daily lunch included.
GirlsGetMath Schedule
Monday, July 14, 2014
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  9:50am EDT  Warm Up Session: Thomas Jefferson and Codes  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:50am EDT  Nature, the Fibonacci Numbers, and the Golden Ratio  
11:00  11:50am EDT  How Long is the Coast of Britain?: An Introduction to Fractals  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:50  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  GirlsGetMatlab  A First Look at MatLab Coding  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  LAB  Let's Matlab Code  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  LAB  Lab Matlab 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  9:50am EDT  Warm Up Session: Polyhedra and Origami  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:50am EDT  Life is Linear: Introduction to Matrix Arithmetic  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:50am EDT  Factoring Matrices  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:50  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Building a Search Engine  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  LAB  Matrix Arithmetic in Matlab  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  LAB  Search Engines 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  9:50am EDT  Warm Up Session: The BlueEyed Islanders  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:50am EDT  Introduction to Modular Arithmetic  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:50am EDT  Identification Numbers and Check Digit Schemes  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:50  12:00pm EDT  Group Photo  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
12:00  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Elementary Cryptography  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  LAB  Check the Digits  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  LAB  Break the Code 
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  9:50am EDT  Warm Up Session:The FoldandCut Problem  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:50am EDT  Image Transformations using Matrices  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:50am EDT  Image Filtering 1  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:50  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Image Filtering 2  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  LAB  Transforming Images  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  LAB  Filters 
Friday, July 18, 2014
Time  Event  Location  Materials 

9:00  9:50am EDT  Warm Up Session  Jeopardy!  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
10:00  10:50am EDT  Introduction to Prime Numbers and Modular Exponentiation  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:00  11:50am EDT  Exponentiation Ciphers  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
11:50  1:00pm EDT  Lunch  11th Floor Collaborative Space  
1:00  1:50pm EDT  Primality Testing  11th Floor Lecture Hall  
2:00  2:45pm EDT  LAB  Break the Code, II  
2:45  3:30pm EDT  LAB  Is it (not) Prime?  
3:30  4:30pm EDT  Award Ceremony  11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2014 Participating Institutions
 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
Purpose of Program
Despite the fact that jobs in STEM are multiplying and pay better than other careers, women remain woefully underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. Some of this imbalance may be traced back to attitudes about mathematics and sciences in middle school and high school. There is a documented decline in girlsâ€™ positive feels about mathematics beginning in middle school, and from this point forward girls are far less likely than their male peers to choose elective courses in mathematics and the sciences^{[1][2]}. The absence of girls in mathematics and science elective courses is especially severe among lowincome and disadvantaged students. Research has shown that schoolaged girls may not realize that their preferred career choice requires coursework in mathematics and sciences^{[3]}, so these decisions can have long lasting consequences.
GirlsGetMath@ICERM aims to build knowledge and confidence in mathematics ability early in education, ultimately shaping the way the students view themselves and their mathematical interests and potential. The program will:
 Demonstrate through handson activities, games, and computer simulations that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful and useful;
 Introduce the high school participants to a variety of career opportunities for which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role, with an emphasis on the central role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers; and
 Provide the participants with a support group of likeminded peers and mentors.
 An outstanding feature of the GirlsGetMath@ICERM program is its commitment to quality. The program content is created by Ph.D. mathematicians who collectively have many years of experience as researchers and educators. The content is chosen to be at the appropriate level for the participants, but at the same time challenging, useful, and engaging to high school students. The Faculty Organizers of GirlsGetMath are college and university faculty in mathematics with experience leading summer mathematics programs for students. The Teaching Assistants are undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics and computer science.
References:
[1] J. Blue and D. Gann, When do girls lose interest in math and science?, Science Scope, (2008).
[2] J. Wilkins and X. Ma, Modeling change in students attitude toward and beliefs about mathematics, Journal of Educational Research, (2007).
[3] L. Pettitt, Middle School Studentsâ€™ Perception of Math and Science Abilities and Related Careers, 61st Biennial Meeting of Research in Child Development, (1995).