Summer Events

Our Favorite Math

This summer, at BEAM Summer Away at Harvey Mudd College, we asked students, What was your favorite math problem of the summer?

Adib chose a problem from the class Solving Big Problems: Can you add or subtract the numbers between 1 through n inclusive to get 0?

Don Laackman, BEAM’s Program Coordinator and the Site Director for Summer Away at Harvey Mudd, said of this problem: “This is a central problem for the class; it requires a proof of impossibility, thinking about divisibility issues, and the solution goes on to be very useful in a problem in graph theory that students tackle later on.”

Check out Adib’s work below.

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The students in Solving Big Problems take time to explore this problem, building up the pieces to solve it. This summer, after the students had completed the problem, they got to see a faculty member and a counselor tackle it together, talking through their thought process so students could see how people with lots of advanced math experience approached the very same problem they already knew well.

Check out more student work (and more about what BEAM has been up to this year) in our 2019 Annual Report.

Thank you BEAM supporters!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to BEAM!

Now that our summer programs are over, our students would like to tell you what they accomplished.

“I solved a lot of challenge problems with my friends.” —Ruth, BEAM Discovery

“I solved a lot of challenge problems with my friends.” —Ruth, BEAM Discovery

“I solved 12 problems in the 100 Problem Challenge.” — Vernon, BEAM Discovery

“I solved 12 problems in the 100 Problem Challenge.” — Vernon, BEAM Discovery

“I learned some coding and got WAY better at it. BEAM made me love math and realize my passion for it!” —Mia, BEAM Discovery

“I learned some coding and got WAY better at it. BEAM made me love math and realize my passion for it!” —Mia, BEAM Discovery

“This is my first ever program and I loved it! I’m glad that you helped support BEAM.” —Hayden, BEAM Discovery

“This is my first ever program and I loved it! I’m glad that you helped support BEAM.” —Hayden, BEAM Discovery

“BEAM helped me see math in a whole different way. THANKS.” —Sanjana, BEAM Discovery

“BEAM helped me see math in a whole different way. THANKS.” —Sanjana, BEAM Discovery

“BEAM is a glowing star.” (left) —Estefani, BEAM Discovery  “BEAM is out of this world.” (right) —Allison, BEAM Discovery

“BEAM is a glowing star.” (left) —Estefani, BEAM Discovery

“BEAM is out of this world.” (right) —Allison, BEAM Discovery