Math Camp? Really? Yes, Math Camp!

Published Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm

May 17, 2012. Do you think of summer as playtime, fun time, relaxing time or kick-back time? Well, of course, who wouldn’t agree with this? However, the Appalachian State University Math Camp proves fun times and learning can go hand-in-hand.

This is the 15th year Dr. Anita Kitchens has directed the four-day Math Camp, sponsored by the ASU Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Math Science Education Department.

For 2012, the camp dates are July 9-12, and this camp runs each evening from 6-9 p.m. in Walker Hall on ASU’s campus.

Faculty instructors have more than 75 years of combined experience teaching middle school pre-algebra through university calculus and statistics. The campers are on teams with ASU students as coaches, and they move as a team through different stations.

“This is a high-energy camp, and they know how to keep the learning fun,” said Kitchens. 

Math Camp has plenty of hands-on activities. There are team activities and individual hot-shot competitions where campers can earn trophies and prizes.

“No one is ever put on the spot,” Kitchens said. “This camp is for all kinds of learners, from those that love math and catch on quickly to those that think they can’t do math and struggle with their assignments.”

According to Kitchens, “Many people ask, ‘What is math good for?’ The instructors and coaches love math, and their excitement is contagious. At the end of the week, every camper will know how to answer this question!”

A camp fee of $120 includes all camp activities and materials. Snacks are donated by Domino’s, Harris Teeter, Subway and Mellow Mushroom. Thanks to the generosity of the American Association of University Women and the Boone Kiwanis, a few scholarships are available. “We really appreciate the support of our local businesses and organizations,” said Kitchens.

“Give us just twelve hours of your kids’ summer,” Kitchens said, “And we guarantee they will look forward to their next math class with more enthusiasm and a sense of confidence.”

Interested in learning more? All registration is available at www.camps.appstate.edu. To inquire about scholarships, or ask additional questions, you may contact Dr. Anita Kitchens at (828) 264-0181.

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