Expansions: MoMath’s gifted program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Expansions is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 sessions. Each session consists of 12 weekly classes. The Fall 2015 session runs through December 17, and the Winter 2016 session starts from the week of January 11 and runs through March 31.
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). Thursdays at 3:30-4:45 pm.
- Icosahedron, for those who routinely find the roots of polynomials (approx. grades 9-12). Tuesdays at 3:00-4:30 pm.
Tuesday classes will be offered starting with the Winter 2016 session. 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.
Tuition is $65 per individual class or $650 per session. For a limited time, you may purchase a special Winter-Spring combo for $1,200. The Fall 2015 session runs from September 9 through December 17. The Winter 2016 session runs from January 12 through March 31. The Spring 2016 session runs from April 5 through June 23.
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.
Classes will meet on the following dates.
Fall 2015 dates (grades K-8): 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
For the Winter 2016 session, classes will meet each week starting on January 12, 2016 and ending on March 29, 2016.
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.