Join your friends every Saturday for more math with BEAM!

BEAM is offering classes on Saturdays in two different areas:

  • Things You Need to Know (TYNTK): for the winter, Supplemental Algebra and Fast Paced Algebra courses. These courses will help ensure that you are prepared for future math courses like Calculus and that you are ready to take the Algebra 1 Regents exam in June!

  • Interesting math: Pick one of a Math Enrichment Course, MathPath Prep, Circuits, or Programming

Schedule

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm: Things You Need to Know (read more below)

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm: Lunch, hangout with your friends, activities

  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Engaging math, science, and programming classes (read more below)

Pizza lunch will be provided!

Dates (Spring Trimester)

  • March 23 and 30

  • April 6, 13, 27

  • May 4

Attendance is an important part of participating in Saturday classes. If you know you will not be able to attend a class, please inform us beforehand. Poor attendance will result in missed field trip opportunities. Click here to review our attendance policy for 8th grade Saturday classes.

Please be on the look out for emails as some dates may change based on schedule adjustments.

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Location

The program will be at NYU's Courant Institute. You can find directions here.

classes

Supplemental Algebra (10 am - 12 PM)

This class will help build a deeper understanding of algebra, and will be an addition to what you're learning at your school. Understanding algebra 1 is important for your later math classes like Calculus. This class will also prepare students for the Algebra 1 Regents in June.

Fast Paced algebra (10 AM - 12 PM)

This class will prepare you for the Regents exam and is made for students whose schools do not currently offer Algebra 1 for 8th grade students. We'll move at a fast pace to ensure you are as best prepared for later math classes in school like Calculus.

Enrichment courses

Pick one of the following classes:

How to Add Infinitely Many Numbers Together taught by Dan
Type of class: Theoretical math: we'll prove theorems
Difficulty: Hard: be ready for a serious challenge
Class Description: Do you know how to add 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + ... (if that series goes on forever)? What do you get? How do you know, and what about other infinite additions? In this class, we'll understand what it means to add infinitely many numbers together and when you can do it, and we'll understand if 0.99999... actually equals 1 or not.
You should take this class if: You're interested in challenging, beautiful math and you feel comfortable doing some algebra.
You shouldn't take this class if: You want something more relaxing on your weekend or you have trouble keeping track of things when they get more abstract.

Learn Programming with Python taught by Sarah
Type of class: Computer programming
Difficulty: Low to medium. You work a lot on your own, so you have to like being self-directed
Class Description: Learn to program with Python. Python is a computer language that's easy to get started with, but is widely used in the business world for a lot of different applications.
You should take this class if: You like programming computers or just want to try it out.
You shouldn't take this class if: you don't like working with computers, or self-study

Math Magic taught by Xavier
Type of class: Exploratory math: we'll look for patterns and play around with them
Difficulty: Moderate: you'll need to think, but it will all connect
Class Description: Math is Magical. Explore the math behind some interesting magic tricks and when you have solved them you can show them off to your friends.
You should take this class if: You always hoped Magic was just another field of mathematics
You shouldn't take this class if: You are not ready to face the truth that Magic is just another field of mathematics

Probability taught by Jalex
Type of class: Exploratory
Difficulty: Moderate
Class Description: Suppose I offer you the choice of either bet A or bet B: A: I flip a coin. If it's heads, I give you $30. If it's tails, you give me $10. B: I flip ten coins. For each flip, if it's heads, I give you $2. If it's tails, you give me $1.Which bet would you rather take? What if you know the coin is rigged to flip heads twice as often as tails? In this class, we'll aim to prove theorems about and develop intuitions for questions like the above. Every class period, we'll spend some time with pen and paper and some time with dice and poker chips.
You should take this class if: you're confused by the word "random"
You shouldn't take this class if: you want to prove deep theorems