MathJam is a summer challenge experience for incoming 5th through 8th graders, designed to:
- Nurture mathematics interest in younger students,
- Introduce middle school students to advanced topics not covered in a school setting, and
- Provide hands-on, activity-based experiences that allow students to make connections between mathematics, science, art, and literature.
Nominations and admission testing are not required for MathJam. Students should be interested in math exploration and score at the 90th percentile or higher on standardized tests. MathJam is a 2-week summer camp, either half- or full-day, offered in both June and July.
A typical MathJam day for rising 5th and 6th graders consists of math enrichment in the morning, followed by “After” Math, an afternoon of fun that blends art and literature with math and science inspiration. MathJam for rising 7th and 8th graders is structured similarly, with morning courses designed to introduce the older students to topics not well covered in standard curricula. Some courses have prerequisites that limit participation to students who are qualified for the Elements program. Rising 7th and 8th grade students also have the option to test for entry into the Elements program, or may consider a week of Logic Bootcamp.