At BEAM, we truly love math and want to inspire the next generation of students to love it, too.
We also know that mathematics is a key gateway to STEM fields, and without it many doors remain closed.
Math will help students find exceptional career paths. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology wrote in their 2012 report Engage to Excel that "closing the mathematics-preparation gap would enable many more students interested in STEM fields to attain STEM college degrees." But we also know that students won't stay on those paths unless they love learning, unless they see the beauty of math and experience the joy of solving great problems.
At the summer program, we let staff teach the mathematics they love, sharing their favorite topics with students. Past courses have included Number Theory, Euclidean Geometry and History, Combinatorics, Logic, Group Theory, Projective Planes, Digital Communications, and Programming with Mathematica. All of our courses are highly challenging and develop students' critical reasoning and abstract thinking. Students come to love math at a young age, providing a base that will sustain them through future academic challenges.
After the Summer
We continue to make sure to make time to do math together just for fun, through the BEAM math team, challenge problems in the newsletter, and conversations during Office Hours.
Student Perspectives on Math
Here's what our students had to say: