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 fall 2020 semester, which will be conducted online. Click here to start your application.
MoMath is delighted to announce that the high school track will be taught by International Math Olympiad participant and trainer Paul Zeitz, who is also the 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 ET
- Hexahedron: For those who have conquered multiplication and division (approx. grades 3-4) — Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm ET
- Octahedron: For those who know the facts about fractions (approx. grades 5-6) — Tuesdays, 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm ET
- Dodecahedron: For those with functional knowledge of functions (approx. grades 7-8) — Thursdays, 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm ET
- Icosahedron: For those who routinely find the roots of polynomials (approx. grades 9-12) — Sundays, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm ET. 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. Spots are limited, so please submit your application early.
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 2020 semester will run from Tuesday, September 22, 2020, through Thursday, January 21, 2021 (with Icosahedron on Sundays; click here for more information and to apply to Icosahedron).
Fall Semester Tuesdays: September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1, December 8, December 15, January 5, January 12, and January 19.
Fall Semester Thursdays: September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10, December 17, January 7, January 14, and January 21.
The spring 2021 semester will run from Tuesday, January 26, 2021, through Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Spring Semester Tuesdays: January 26, February 2, February 9, February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, and May 18.
Spring Semester Thursdays: January 28, February 4, February 11, February 25, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, and May 20.
Participation in the 2020-2021 academic year will require full-semester enrollment. 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.
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 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 and other resources based on registration. For these reasons, the Museum has a strict no-refund and no make-up policy.
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.