Expansions: MoMath’s gifted math program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
What is Expansions, the gifted program at MoMath?
Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students enrolled in 1st through 8th grades, 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.
MoMath is currently accepting applications for limited spots in the Fall 2022 semester. Click here to start your application.
Expansions offers the following levels. Grade bands (shown parenthetically) provide rough guidelines; final placement is based on demonstrated student ability.
- Tetrahedron: for those who are comfortable with addition and subtraction (approx. grades 1–2) — Tuesdays, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm.
- Hexahedron: for those who have conquered multiplication and division (approx. grades 3–4) — Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm.
- Octahedron: for those who know the facts about fractions (approx. grades 5–6) — Tuesdays, 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm.
- Dodecahedron: for those with functional knowledge of functions (approx. grades 7–8) — Thursdays, 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm.
MoMath’s Expansions program offers a small class size approach, hands-on lessons, and a long-term, cohort model that builds dynamic groups of students who learn effectively together and return year after year. Spots are limited, so please submit your application early.
The Fall 2022 semester will run from Tuesday, October 4, 2022, through Thursday, January 26, 2023.
Fall Semester Tuesdays: October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6, December 13, December 20, January 3, January 10, January 17, and January 24
Fall Semester Thursdays: October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17, December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22, January 5, January 12, January 19, and January 26
The Spring 2023 semester will run from Thursday, February 2, 2023, through Thursday, June 1, 2023.
Spring Semester Tuesdays: February 7, February 14, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, and May 30
Spring Semester Thursdays: February 2, February 9, February 16, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, and June 1
Participation in the 2022–2023 academic year will require full-semester enrollment. Registration fees are $950 per semester, or $1,700 for the full year. (Members at the Membership Squared level or above will receive a 10% discount). MoMath does not prorate fees for mid-term registrations, and refunds will not be given for absences or for any other reasons.
Need-based scholarships are available. Scholarship applicants must meet the income guidelines of the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program and provide verification of household income. Scholarship applicants should complete the regular application form online and send a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for scholarship application instructions. Please allow at least two weeks for the scholarship committee’s review process.
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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 a particular level will run only if a minimum number of participants register before the start date of the full session. In the rare event that a particular level is cancelled, registrants will be notified and provided with a full refund.
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 may wait in the lobby or in Additions, the shop at MoMath. In the event that a class is scheduled to end after the Museum closes at 5:00 pm, adults may wait in Additions, and students will be brought there for dismissal.
All Expansions participants are expected to exhibit good behavior to ensure a positive experience for everyone. At its sole discretion, MoMath may remove a student from the Expansions program for behavioral reasons. If a student is removed for behavioral reasons, for either the day or the remainder of the program, no refund will be issued.