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 12th grades, 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.
MoMath is currently accepting applications for limited spots in the spring 2020 semester. Click here to start your application.
Expansions now includes Icosahedron, a high school track taught by University of San Francisco Professor of Mathematics Paul Zeitz. Paul is also an International Math Olympiad participant and trainer, co-founder and Board Chairman of Proof School, co-founder of the San Francisco Math Circle, co-founder of the Bay Area Math Olympiad, and author of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving. Click here to learn more and apply for the Icosahedron sessions for grades 9-12.
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.
- Icosahedron: For those who routinely find the roots of polynomials (approx. grades 9-12) — Sundays, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Click here to learn more and apply for the Icosahedron sessions.
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. New students are welcome at all levels provided there is availability or sufficient interest to form a new cohort.
To apply, please complete this online form and follow the instructions provided upon submission. Once students are accepted into the program, they may register for their assigned level.
The fall 2019 semester will run from Tuesday, September 24, 2019, through Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
Fall Semester Tuesdays: September 24, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 12, November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10, December 17, January 7, January 14, January 21, and January 28
Fall Semester Thursdays: September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21, December 5, December 12, December 19, January 9, January 16, and January 23
The spring 2020 semester will run from Thursday, January 30, 2020, through Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Spring Semester Tuesdays: February 4, February 11, February 25, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, and May 26
Spring Semester Thursdays: January 30, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, and May 28
Participation in the 2019-2020 academic year will require full-semester enrollment. Early bird registration fees are $850 per semester, $1,500 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. Museum admission is not included in the registration.
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.
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.