Mathletics is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and designed to immerse middle grades youth (current 6th, 7th, & 8th graders) in the rapidly growing world of sports data analytics and build their knowledge of statistical concepts and the data science process. The program is particularly focused on engaging African American and Latinx youth, in an effort to deepen their STEM knowledge and introduce them to STEM fields. Mathletics is a daily, 3-week summer camp hosted at both the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. At UMCP the program is hosted under the Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education (MIMAUE) and the Center for Math Education in the College of Education at UMCP. At Coppin State University the program is hosted under Mathematics and Computer Science department.
Activities are led by faculty from UMCP and Coppin, local county teachers and undergraduate students majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field. Students not only learn practical skills, such as how to collect data and perform statistical analysis of the data but also engage in an end-of-camp, personal statistics project in a field of interest to them. One camp, hosted with 50 kids at each location - UMCP and Coppin. Each campus will expose their students to campus recreational activities, athletic coaches, and data collection.
Camp dates: July 6 - July 24
Time: 9:00am-4pm, Monday-Friday
Registration fee is $150
*Registration is refundable if attendance requirements are met
Aftercare Available from 4:00-5:30pm for a fee
Applications will be made available March 2020
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1906736.
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- Mini sports combine for students where students engage in various sporting events, followed by performing statistical measurements on their times and measurements compared to other Mathletes
- Field trip to Washington Mystics basketball game where students collect statistical measurements of professional basketball players, followed by comparison of their measurements to those taken by the professional statisticians of the teams playing
- Recreation time at the TerpZone in the Stamp Student Union on campus at UMCP (including playing ping pong, bowling, and arcade games)
- Golfing lessons at the University of Maryland Golf Course directly adjacent to campus
- Trip to UMCP basketball arena Xfinity Center
- Interactions and presentations from UMCP athletic coaches and faculty on the importance and use of mathematics in athletics and coaching
- Gather and analyze survey data from UMCP students at the Stamp Student Union
Below are some of the past comments made by students who attended Mathletics:
- “This is the best camp I’ve ever been to in my life.”
- “We learned about math, statistics, and charts.”
- “I learned there are different ways to collect data and analyze it.”
- “There are different steps to collect data: gather, analyze, explain, shapes of distribution.”
- There are two different types of data: quantitative and qualitative”
- “Saw first hand how we can use statistics.”
- “Taught in a fun way.”
- “The distributions were new to me, and I learned what type of graph is for [different] types of data.”
Below are some results from our survey to parents whose children attended Mathletics:
Almost all parents cited academic reasons, such as increasing mathematical knowledge and confidence in mathematics, as the most important reasons to let their children participate in the camp.
100% would recommend Mathletics to parents with eligible students.
Since all the parents responded either strongly agree or agree to the statement “My child seemed to have gained mathematical knowledge as a result of being in this camp” it can be concluded that their main expectations were met by the camp.
More than half of the parents also thought that their children enjoyed learning statistical and mathematics concepts the most.
Mathletics is looking for two Summer Mathletics Assistant instructors (“assistant coach”). The successful candidate is a highly motivated, energized, and knowledgeable undergraduate STEM major.
The assistant coach will assist certified teachers as they teach mathematics to approximately 50 middle school girls and boys in Mathletics. Each undergraduate will assist one teacher and work with 15-20 students. This position requires that the undergraduate student is adept at engaging students through individual and group activities that are academically relevant for students.
Undergraduate assistants are expected to work from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily. Additionally, undergraduate assistants will rotate weekly with aftercare 4:00pm-5:30pm. The assistant instructor must be available for three training day sessions in mid-June and for program debrief during the last week in July 2020.
For more information and to apply, please see the job posting.
APPLICATION OPENS MARCH 2020
Mathletics is open to students currently in grades 6, 7, or 8.
Camp runs July 6 - July 24, 2020, 9 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
Registration cost is $150. To be eligible for a refund of your registration costs, attendance criteria must be met
Aftercare is available for a fee the entire three weeks, dependent on demand. Aftercare is 4:00pm to 5:30pm.
For more information call 301-405-6264 or 301-405-5211 or email email@example.com