In today’s world, students need to ask good questions, work out a pathway through data, talk about their pathways with others and represent their work in pictures, graphs and words. Math is about problem solving, reasoning, using intuition and making connections. Students need to be creative with math, work as a team and problem solve.
Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, concluded in a recent study that fast calculating does not equal good mathematics performance. “Strong mathematics learners are those who think deeply, make connections and visualize.” Creative thinking and insightful representations will be highly valued in careers for our children. She stresses the need to make mathematics teaching and learning more visual in order to stimulate the creativity necessary to compete in the future.
LTP Juniors was created by LTP Program Director Sylvia Israel to engage students in activities that will develop these skill sets. During this 12 hour camp, our instructors will integrate modeling with logic and reasoning games using Zometool and other engaging materials to improve students’ planning, sequential reasoning and problem solving skills. Students will be given building challenges and plenty of time to create their own structures using design thinking processes. Offline approaches to coding will be used to teach concepts such as loops and conditional branching. Students will have an opportunity to speak with our instructors about their own interests so that we can help them find ways to dive even deeper into what they love.
Grade Level: Rising 3rd – 5th grade
Teacher/Student Ratio: 1 to 4
2017 Session Options
Class Option 1: July 10th – July 13th, 9am – 12pm
Class Option 2: July 24th – July 27th, 9am – 12pm
Class Option 3: August 7th – August 10th, 9am – 12pm