The Math Corps Spelman Summer Program is a mathematics enrichment and mentoring program for students in grades 7-12, who live and/or attend public schools in the cities of Atlanta and its surrounding areas. As of right now, we are planning for camp to be IN-PERSON on Spelman’s campus. The program, which this year will run from Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, July 1, 2022, brings middle and high school students together with college students and mathematicians, to share in the teaching and learning of mathematics, in a college setting.
Note: As of now, Spelman College is requiring all staff and participants of programs to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Please submit the application, even if your child is not yet vaccinated. If it is required as we near the summer, you will be asked to submit a copy of your child’s vaccination card.
The Spelman College Math Corps Summer Camp serves students who, in the fall, will be entering the 7th, or 8th grade. High school students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade serve as paid Teaching Assistants (TA’s).
Each day the middle school students receive instruction from University faculty and enjoy a variety of learning activities led by the college and high school students under the supervision of middle and high school teachers. The high school TAs serve as natural role models for the middle school students, and engage in their own learning of both fundamental and advanced mathematics.
Students accepted into the program receive:
Schedule: Students in the program are expected to attend on time and fully all program dates.
Camp Dates: Monday, June 6th, 2022 – Friday, July 1st, 2022, All Fridays are optional EXCEPT July 1st (closing ceremony)
Tuition: Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of Spelman College and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.
Eligibility: Students are eligible if and only if they will be entering the 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the Fall of 2022
Dr. Viveka Borum Brown, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematics, Executive Director Math Corps Atlanta
How much does it cost for students to attend Math Corps?
Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of the University of Toledo and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.
Where are courses for the Math Corps held?
Classes are held at The University of Toledo, on the Main Campus at University Hall
We have a family trip scheduled that conflicts with the Math Corps. Can my child be excused?
The Math Corps’ philosophy on attendance is this: one cannot learn if one is not present. Therefore, absences due to family trips, vacations, conflicts with other programs, or similar cases are not excused.
Is the Math Corps an “everyday” program?
During the Summer, Math Corps programs usually run Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an optional day of instruction for the students. During the Fall, Winter and Spring, Math Corps programs usually run on Saturdays only.
Who can apply to be in the Toledo Math Corps?
Our summer program is open to any current 6th – 12th grade student that is attending a public or charter school within Toledo. Our Saturday programs are limited to previous Math Corp students only.
My high school student needs help in math. Can they apply?
Yes! However, due to the special tutoring nature of the position that high school students occupy within the Math Corps, they must at least be proficient in 7th and 8th grade Mathematics. High school students will receive instruction and assistance in their Mathematics courses during the latter part of each program day.
What do you teach the students?
Each middle school student gets what we call broccoli and ice cream. One math class geared towards the fundamentals and another in an advanced topic. The afternoons have a rotating list of courses that are more hands-on, and feature applied mathematical concepts such as Mod Art and Polyhedra. Our high school students spend half their day tutoring and mentoring middle school students, with the second half of their day being spent in their own math classes.
What supplies does my child need to bring every day?
All necessary supplies are provided for every student Math Corps. These include: notebook, paper, pencil, journal folder, calculator (for new students only), and a Math Corps T-shirt.
Does my child have to bring money for lunch/food?
Only if you wish them to. The Math Corps provides a light breakfast during every program throughout the year. For lunch, students have the option of buying various foods on UToledo’s campus or bringing a sack lunch from home. Lunch is provided by the Math Corps at no charge to students every Thursday throughout the Math Corps Summer Programs. On those Thursdays, a sack lunch must be brought from home if the lunch selection is not to the students’ liking.
Do students live on-campus during the program?
No. They may arrive to campus as early as 8:30 am each morning and be under supervision. Middle students are dismissed at 2:30 pm, and high school students are dismissed at 3:15 pm every day.
Is transportation provided?
No. However, the Math Corps does provide student bus tickets and transfers for those who need them.
How important is my child’s essay?
Very! The essay can tell the Selection Committee a lot about the needs, self-esteem, and desire of the applicant to join the Math Corps. It is a very important document that is kept in the Math Corps files for years.
How can my child increase their chances of getting accepted in the Math Corps?
Because the Math Corps accepts such a wide variety of students at various skill levels, there is no definite answer to this question. However, there are two things that can truly give more weight to an applicant: an application that is on time, and 100% complete.