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 year-long project with three components: (1) Sports Data Analytic Saturdays which occur 4 - 8 times during the academic school year, (2) Spring Summit which is a day long experience for participants and their families to see the student research projects, and (3) 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 April 2020
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1906736.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
- 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 APRIL 2020
Mathletics is open to students currently in grades 6, 7, or 8. Application is required, must participate for the entire academic school year.
2019-2020 Cohort Dates
- July 2019
- Sports Analytic Saturdays October 2019, November 2019, January 2020, March 2020
- Spring Summit May 2, 2020 9:00am - 2:00pm
2020-2021 Cohort Dates
- Camp runs July 6 - July 24, 2020, 9 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Sports Analytic Saturdays (two in the fall, two in the spring)
- Spring Summit April or May 2021
Please note for the Summer Camp
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Lawrence M. Clark
Center for Mathematics Education
University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Lawrence M. Clark is the Principal Investigator for the Mathletics Research Project. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland Center for Mathematics Education. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hampton University, M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, Dr. Clark was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Proficiency in Teaching Mathematics at the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Clark was a member of the research team for BIFOCAL, a professional development project designed to enhance middle grades teachers’ capacity to select and facilitate cognitively demanding mathematics tasks.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan, Dr. Clark served as the National Director of Mathematics for Project GRAD USA, a national school reform initiative in several urban school districts. Dr. Clark is currently PI of the NSF-funded University of Maryland Noyce Math Scholars Program and co-Pi of the University of Maryland Noyce Science Scholars Program. Dr. Clark is also currently a Research and Development Fellow for the NSF-funded TheMAT project (Dan Chazan and Patricio Herbst, PIs).
Dr. Clark has experience as a mathematics teacher educator in the U.S., Ethiopia, Ecuador, and Kenya. From 1992 – 2000 Dr. Clark taught middle school mathematics in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Clark’s research interests focus primarily on examining and exploring influences on teachers’ mathematics instructional practices in schools with a history of low achievement. These influences include teachers’ mathematical knowledge, teachers’ beliefs, and teachers’ explicit and implicit biases. Dr. Clark has also written book chapters and journal articles focused on the role of African American mathematics in the lives of African American mathematics learners.
Dr. Stephanie Timmons Brown
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Maryland
Director of Maryland Institute of Minority and Urban Education
Dr. Stephanie Timmons-Brown has worked in education for more than two decades. She is currently a Clinical Faculty and Director of the Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education at the University of Maryland. Through research, teaching, and practice, Stephanie has improved the opportunities for students who may have been negatively impacted due to societal challenges related to race, linguistic diversity, gender, ethnicity, and social class.
Over the last 13 years, Stephanie has been instrumental in securing more than 20+ grant awards amounting to millions of dollars raised to confront a range of issues affecting minority students. Recently, Stephanie secured a $1.7M National Science Foundation grant to investigate how a STEM-focused intervention understand how URM students can negotiate the tensions of an athletics and STEM identity, supporting minority children in forming their senses of selves in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during their middle school years.
Dr. Timmons-Brown is a champion of cultural sensitivity and awareness, having been awarded the Outstanding Unit Award from the President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues. In addition, she also received the Community Excellence Award and Vanguard Award from the Maryland State Department of Education in recognition of her outstanding work. Dr. Timmons-Brown invites connections with those who share her passion for family, community, and educational empowerment.
Dr. Wanda McCoy
Coppin State University
Department of Mathematics and
Dr. Wanda McCoy is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science department at Coppin State University (CSU). She discovered, late in life, her passion for teaching, for teaching mathematics in particular. Dr. McCoy obtained a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from CSU and went on to Illinois State University to obtain her MS in Mathematics Education. After graduating, she taught elementary school for five years. She taught in Baltimore city for four of the five years during which she feels fortunate to have been able to co-teach second and third grades. This enabled her to teach only Math and Science to students who then traveled to another classroom for Language Arts and Social Studies. Co-teaching afforded the opportunity to concentrate on the delivery of research-based effective instructional practices in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Dr. McCoy pursued her terminal degree with the goal of reaching more than 2 classrooms of students per school year by positively affecting the mathematics education of pre-service elementary teachers. She obtained her PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research includes mastery of basic math facts, integrated learning, and incorporating mindfulness as a tool to decrease math anxiety.