Expansions: MoMath’s gifted program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Expansions is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 session which begins April 5 through June 23.
What is Expansions, the gifted program at MoMath?
Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to illuminate the wonders of mathematics, challenge and inspire students, and broaden their mathematical horizons. With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon classes provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum. Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.
Expansions offers the following weekly sessions, which are differentiated by mathematical experience, rather than by age or grade. Grade levels shown parenthetically provide rough guidelines, and final placement is based on demonstrated student ability.
- Tetrahedron, for those who are comfortable with addition and subtraction (approx. grades K-2). Tuesdays at 3:45-4:30 pm. (Please note that Tetrahedron has moved from Thursdays at 3:30, to Tuesdays at 3:45 this semester.)
- Hexahedron, for those who have conquered multiplication and division (approx. grades 3-4). Tuesdays at 4:30-5:15 pm, or Thursdays at 4:15-5:00 pm.
- Octahedron, for those who commonly find common denominators (approx. grades 5-6). Tuesdays at 4:00-5:15pm, or Thursdays at 3:30-4:45 pm.
- Dodecahedron, for those with functional knowledge of functions (approx. grades 7-8). Tuesdays at 4:00-5:15 pm.
- Icosahedron, for those who routinely find the roots of polynomials (approx. grades 9-12), is not currently running. Check back for this class in the future.
Once accepted into the program, children will be assigned to either a Tuesday or Thursday class and may register for only their assigned class series.
Admission is by application only. You may apply online by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below. As part of the application, your child’s teacher will need to complete the Expansions Student Recommendation Form. The recommendation can either be submitted with the online application or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who have already been accepted do not need to re-apply. Simply register online for more fun and enriching mathematical explorations. There’s plenty of new material to discover.
Please note that the registration fees listed here reflect an online discount. Expansions registrations purchased at the Museum will incur an additional fee. Registrations must be purchased in advance.
There are a few need-based scholarships available. Scholarship applicants must provide verification of family income, including documentation that the student is eligible for free or reduced lunch. Scholarship applicants should complete the regular application form online, and send a separate email to email@example.com, with a request for support and attaching the financial documentation noted above. Additional materials may be required.
If you are interested in the Icosahedron sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MoMath will make every effort to run classes as scheduled, but occasionally severe inclement weather or other unusual circumstances beyond MoMath’s control may require that a class be cancelled. If such a cancellation occurs, MoMath may, at its sole discretion, offer make-up sessions.
Note that grade level sessions will run only if a minimum number of participants is reached before the start date of the full session.
MoMath does not provide make-up classes for absences. Each Expansions series accepts a limited enrollment in order to provide individualized attention to each student. While many reasons may cause a student to miss a class, a registered student holds a reserved seat while others may be turned away due to limited capacity. Additionally, the Museum provides staffing, materials, and other resources based on registration. For these reasons, the Museum has a strict no-refund and no make-up policy.
Adult chaperones are required to wait outside the classroom during classes. In the event that a class is scheduled to end after 5 pm, adults must wait in Additions, the shop at MoMath, and students will be brought to Additions for dismissal.
All Expansions participants are expected to exhibit good behavior to ensure a positive experience for all participants. At its sole discretion, MoMath may remove a student from the Expansions program for behavioral reasons. If a student is removed for behavioral reasons, no refund will be provided.