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Title of Project: MathLink - enrichment program for high school students

Year of Competition: 2010

Grant amount: $300

Project Duration: Single Year

Type of Report: Final

Period Covered: January 1, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Description of Activity:
2010-11 was another successful year for MathLink.

We meet every Wednesday night 6:00-7:30pm, on campus at Carleton University, September to beginning of April (with a break in December). This Math Enrichment program is geared towards high school students in grades 9-10, but there are bright younger students who participate as well (as young as grade 6).

We cover a multitude of topics that are of interest to studens, like sequences and patterns, vector geometry, constructions with a ruler and straightedge, Pascal's triangle, Newton's binomial formula, combinatorics, introduction to cryptography and error correcting codes and more. The meetings are very informal, and we often discuss topics "by request of the audience". We change topics on a regular basis, so that new students may join at any time. Important thing is to discuss interesting mathematics. Undoubtedly the students benefit from this program (and enjoy it!).

We started a new year of MathLink on September 21, 2011, and 33 high school students attended the first class.

Assessment of Effectiveness:
This project gives high school students a chance to see mathematics beyond high school curriculum and to talk to professional mathematicians.

CMS support is gratefully acknowledged at MathLink web-page and on promotional materials.

Future Plans (if any):
We plan to continue MathLink in the future.

Financial:

Expenses:
Printing of 1000 promotional handouts:$300.00
Budget$300.00
Funds remaining:$0

No other funding was received.

Contact Name: Yuly Billig

[September 22, 2011]


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