Dearborn

Welcome to the Dearborn Math Corps

Closely following the educational and mentoring practices of the Math Corps, a program that started “as a humanitarian effort to simply help some kids in need”, in 1992 at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, the Math Corps at UM-Dearborn is launching in 2023 with its inaugural Summer Camp! The Math Corps is about more than math skills: we prioritize mentorship through a “kids teaching kids” model, provide a positive learning environment and a strong sense of family.

 

 

Lead support for the Dearborn Math Corps comes from Verizon and the City of Westland. 

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Summer Camp Information
Applications + Eligibility
Local Staff
FAQs

The University of Michigan- Dearborn 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: 

  • a light breakfast daily 
  • lunch every day
  • school supplies
  • a calculator (in their first year of the program)
  • a Math Corps t-shirt

Schedule: Students in the program are expected to attend on time and fully all program dates.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 10th, 2023 – Thursday, August 3rd, 2023

Camp Hours:

  • 9:30 am – 2:30 pm for 7th, and 8th graders
  • 9:00 am – 3:15 pm 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Tuition: Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.

For a student to be eligible for our summer camp, he/she must be a public school student residing in Dearborn, or other local communities.

Apply to be a Middle School Camper

  • Currently in 6th or 7th grade
  • Willing to work hard and exercise behavior appropriate to a university campus.

Apply to be a High School Teaching Assistant

  • Currently in 10th ,11th , 0r 12th grade
  • Willing to work hard and exercise behavior appropriate to a university campus.
  • Must help each child who comes to the Math Corps realize their own greatness!
  • These are paid positions.

Apply to be a College Instructor

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university 
  • Must help each child who comes to the Math Corps realize their own greatness!
  • These are paid positions

Dr. Yunus Zeytuncu Executive Director, Math Corps at UM-Dearborn, Interim Associate Dean; Professor of Mathematics; Director, Center for Mathematics Education – – zeytuncu@umich.edu 

Dr. Michael Dabkowski Director, Math Corps at UM-Dearborn, Associate Professor of Mathematics – mgdabkow@umich.edu

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 Michigan Dearborn and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.

Where are courses for the Math Corps held?

Classes are held on the campus of The University of Michigan Dearborn.

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 Dearborn Math Corps?

Our summer program is open to any current 6th – 12th grade student that is  attending a public or charter school within Dearborn or other neighboring communities. 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 UM-Dearborn’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.

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.