Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia high school students attend StFX-CMS Math Camp

May 25th, 2018
2018 StFX-Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Math Camp participants

Grade 10 and 11 students from high schools across Nova Scotia were on the StFX campus May 18-20 to enhance their skills and have fun with mathematics at the fifth annual StFX-Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Math Camp. This was the biggest year yet for the camp, with 44 bright and enthusiastic students living on campus for the weekend.

Organized by StFX Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science faculty Dr. Joe Apaloo, Dr. Tara Taylor, Dr. Robert van den Hoogen and Dr. Ping Zhou, the goal of the camp is to provide students in Nova Scotia with opportunities for personal growth in the mathematical sciences within a supportive environment.

The camp consisted of lectures that included hands-on activities by StFX faculty with a diverse range of interests, along with fun filled activities such as math relay races, math trivia, problem solving, and games. Five StFX undergraduate students acted as camp leaders for the busy weekend guiding the students both during and between the various lectures and activities.  

Participation in the camp is by invitation only. School principals or designates nominate up to two students per school. Participants are then selected from the list of nominees and invited to come to StFX for the weekend. At the end of the weekend, one participant commented, “I learned a lot throughout this weekend about new concepts and add-ons to old concepts,” while another stated, “Everyone was great! The talks were all so interesting and did a fantastic job of introducing us to all sorts of branches in math.”

The camp has the support of the Canadian Mathematical Society, Science Odyssey, the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, and StFX.

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