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# Program Descriptions

Professions & Recreations: Intermediate Mathematics Enrichment (PRIME)

**For students in grades 5-6 in fall 2016 - $120** - Register Here

Find a new perspective on sixth-grade math concepts. Explore spherical geometry by looking at world navigation and study geometry by folding paper.

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**Making Your Vote Count**

*November 12, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon*

Right after the elections - learn why our voting system, which is used to choose everybody from our country’s president to your school council, is flawed. What other methods could we use? Which is best?

**Spherical Journeys**

*December 10, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon*

Discover a new geometry that holds many surprises as you investigate journeys around the world. Examine how light, shapes and space influence mapmaking and orienteering. Shatter many assumptions of Euclidean geometry that you have studied in school.

**Colors & Connections**

*January 28, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon*

Learn about one of the most famous mathematical problems in history: How many colors do you need to color in a map? Why did it take mathematicians over 100 years to prove that they knew the answer? Would the answer be an different if the planet Earth were shaped like a donut instead of a sphere?

**Celebration of Pi**

*March 4, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon*

Students will learn about the transcendental number, Pi, and how it has evoked more mystery, misconception, and romanticism than any other mathematical symbol.

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Young Emerging Scholars (YES)

**For students in grades 6-7 in fall 2016 - $120** - Register Here

Participate in interactive workshops and labs focused on a variety of 7th-grade mathematical topics that go beyond the classroom.

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**Topology & Knot Theory**

*November 12, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon*

Explore a world where squares, circles, and triangles are all the same shape; where stretching and twisting do not change their mathematical nature. Determine if a closed loop is knotted or not & attempt to construct types of knots. Use the mathematics of knots and knot theory to untie your preconceptions about ‘inside,’ ‘outside,’ & ‘boundaries.’

**Shorter, Cheaper, Faster!**

*December 10, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon*

Explore some of the most interesting and useful applications of mathematics in modern life. How can you find the shortest and cheapest way to travel between vacation destinations? How can you build an electrical network with as little cable as possible? These problems lead to fascinating mathematics and questions which are still unanswered to this day!

**Communicating Clearly**

*January 28, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon*

Did you know that 1+1=0? Explore how cell phones, computers and satellite use this strange fact to send messages and defeat static.

**Celebration of Pi**

*March 4, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon* Students will learn about the transcendental number, Pi, and how it has evoked more mystery, misconception, and romanticism than any other mathematical symbol.

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UMTYMP Test Prep & Early Test

**For students in grades 5-7 in the fall 2016 ($125) **Register Here

Students in grades 5-7 may register for this program and participate in the following two Saturday morning academic-year events. The purpose of this program is to assist students in understanding the format of the UMTYMP Qualifying exam (as well as other standardized tests). These events take place on the St. Paul campus.

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**UMTYMP Exam Preparation - Problem Solving**

*February 11, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon*

Investigate how the focus of math is not only about memorizing algorithms and performing computations, but also about understanding abstract ideas and thinking analytically. Explore mathematics through brainteasers and puzzles. Sharpen your test-taking skills through simulations that are excellent preparation for the UMTYMP Algebra Qualifying Exam.

**Early UMTYMP Algebra Entrance Exam**

*February 18, 2017, between 9:30am-1:30pm*

Grab this exclusive opportunity to take the UMTYMP Algebra Entrance Exam early! Exam registration materials will be mailed to enrolled students in February. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THESE EXAM REGISTRATION FORMS. There is no additional charge for this registration process. Students who qualify will be invited to join UMTYMP; students who do not qualify will know before the April UMTYMP Entrance Exam. They will then have the opportunity to register for this exam for a fee of $60.00.

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