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Colen to Teach Summer C-MITES Courses

Posted on 2/23/2011 4:23:14 PM
Yong Colen

In collaboration with the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES), Dr. Yong Colen of the Mathematics Department will teach two courses at IUP.

C-MITES is a rigorous summer program in which gifted students are presented with challenging material that complements what they have studied in school.

More information about C-MITES is found on the Carnegie Mellon C-MITES website. The two courses are as follows:

Why Aren’t Manhole Covers Square?

Come stimulate your curiosity and develop mathematical problem-solving tools. Working individually and in small groups, you will encounter a variety of problem situations such as, “Why aren’t manhole covers square?” and, “Why isn’t the circular design optimal?” Solving atypical, perplexing problems, you will expand your originality of thought, intuitive reasoning, and mathematical knowledge.

June 20–24, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (For students enrolled in grades 5–6 as of April 2011)

Insights into Algebra

This course is designed for students who have taken a Pre-algebra or Algebra 1 course. You will explore how to make sense of more important algebraic concepts and examine why algebra has been a useful tool to solve meaningful problems. One particular focus of the course will be to analyze and utilize algebra in various forms—verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically.

June 27–July 1, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (For students enrolled in grades 7–8 as of April 2011)