The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students

2013_scats_frontpageI just finished teaching a class at The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS). SCATS is a summer program offered by The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University for students in grades 6-8.

I taught a class called Magically Miraculous Math. During the course of two weeks, we covered many different topics. On the first day, I asked students what they wanted to learn about. Their answers ranged from Pascal’s triangle to Schrödinger’s Cat and the Menger sponge. We were able to cover much of these ideas. To see a complete list of topics we covered, click here.

One of my favorite activities that we did was create a Menger sponge. This activity introduced us to fractals and allowed us to explore the concepts of limits, infinity, zero, etc. Students had a lot of fun creating the boxes.

Have you done anything like this? What topics or activities did you include?

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