What did last year's students say about BEAM Next?

It’s not that hard and helps with stress.
— Isabella, 11th grade at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
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With support from BEAM Next, Isabella applied to NYU's ARISE program and was accepted. She spent the summer working in a lab at the Tandon School of Engineering, building and refining a walking robot.

Join it because you learn a lot of skills that help you in life.
— Luis, 10th grade at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
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Sign up for BEAM Next (Fall Term)!

Do you miss your friends from BEAM? Do you want to do something fun on the weekend? Or do you just want to get out of your house? Come to BEAM's Saturday classes!

Schedule

  • 10:30am - 12:pm: Engaging math, science, and programming classes (read more below)

  • 12pm - 1pm: Lunch, hangout with your friends, activities

  • 1pm - 2:30pm: 10th grade Life Skills, ACT Prep, College Prep

Pizza lunch will be provided!

Dates (Fall Trimester)

  • October 5, 12, 19 and 26

  • November 2, 9, 16 and 23

  • December 7 and 14

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Location

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

Field trips

Every other month or so we will have a special event instead of regular class. Examples include visiting a lab at a local university or visiting local STEM businesses. We will also have several panels, with opportunities to talk to professionals in different fields about their jobs.

These trips will only be open to BEAM Next students who have consistent attendance.

classes

For 12th grade students: College Prep

Applying to college is a very daunting process but BEAM is here to support you throughout your last year of high school. This class will guide students in solidifying their college list, writing and editing personal essays, completing applications as well as helping you transition from high school to college. (Betty will be instructing)

For 11th grade students: SAT/ACT Prep

By the fall of your senior year, you need the SAT or ACT score you're going to apply to college with. How important is this test score? Colleges will tell you that it's not the only thing they care about, and that's true: they do care about your grades, your essays, etc. But if you want to get into your dream school, and if you want to be considered for a scholarship, you need a test score that stands out. You don't have to be a genius to ace these tests. You do have to know your grammar rules, remember all the little topics from three years of math, and practice your strategies and timing. This class will give you practice tests, a full content review, and all the strategies for maximizing your score. 

For 9th and 10th grade students: Life Skills

This class will cover several different topics to help with school and life. Examples include study tips, managing stress, getting organized and using schedules, etc. You'll also get a chance to share with your BEAM friends how your week has been, what has gone well and what struggles you have, and brainstorm together how to improve.

Plus, pick one of the following courses:

Class Title: Learning to Count
Instructor: Brenda
Type of class: Combinatorics
Difficulty: Moderate: you'll need to think, but it will all connect
Class Description: Do you know how to count? Are you ready to review and go beyond combinations and permutations? In this class, you will learn how to see problems from the perspective of combinatorics.
You should take this class if: You're interested in proofs, clever ways to count, and discrete mathematics!
You shouldn't take this class if: You would rather brute force counting all the ways to combine 200 shirts and 500 pants than do some math to get the answer.

Class Title: Introduction to Data Science (limited to 12 students)
Instructor: Ken
Type of class: We will be working with data to develop insights about the world. This is an empirically oriented class; we will not be proving theorems.
Difficulty: Moderate: you'll need to think, but it will all connect
Class Description: We will analyze some fun, real world data sets. We will learn some basic statistical techniques and we will use Python to help us in our analysis. We will use case studies to help learn more general principles and pitfalls of data analysis. 
You should take this class if: You'd like to understand more about using data and how it can help us in our decisions and understanding of the world.  
You shouldn't take this class if: You don't want to use a computer or work with numbers

Class Title: Symmetries, Groups, and Tilings
Instructor: Isidora
Type of class: Theoretical & experimental math: we’ll prove theorems & do visual experiments too! 
Difficulty: Moderate: you'll need to think, but it will all connect
Class Description: Start with a shape, then keep repeating it in some way - translation, rotation around a point, reflection across a line - and you get a symmetric pattern. Symmetric patterns are everywhere you look: textile designs, floor tilings, even crystal molecules. In this class, we’ll first learn how to do algebra with all the symmetries of a given shape. This type of algebra is called group theory, and it can be used to study the structure of many mathematically interesting objects - from a Rubik’s cube to the entire universe! We’ll use group theory to classify and create beautiful linear, planar, spherical, and fractal patterns.  
You should take this class if: You like creating visual patterns and analyzing them, you are interested in learning how to apply math to art and visual design, you want to learn algebra that is not taught in school.
You shouldn't take this class if: You just want to look at nice visuals. We’ll do a bit of that too, but we’ll also be proving theorems, solving challenging problems, and creating pretty pictures based on our own mathematical analysis!

Class Title: Infinity
Instructor: Dan
Type of class: Theoretical math: we'll prove theorems
Difficulty: Hard: be ready for a serious challenge
Class Description: Infinitely is a mind-bending idea, but with math, we can understand it. We'll learn about different sizes of infinity, how you compare them, and how many infinities there are. Above all else, this class requires you to have flexible thinking: you have to be willing to think about things you can never see or even fully conceive of, but where you can still prove things about them. Even if you've taken infinity classes at BEAM, this will go beyond them.
You should take this class if: You like brain-bending ideas, are up for a challenge, and are OK working abstractly (i.e. not with numbers but with ideas).
You shouldn't take this class if: You want to work only with concrete problems/real-world examples.

Email us (info@beammath.org) if you have any questions!