Research shows that students who excel in math also excel on the PSAT. Success on the exam is considered to be an early indicator of a student’s future success. This is also the test that gets the attention of corporations and foundations that seek to award academic scholarships to the nation’s strongest college candidates. Yale University offers numerous outreach programs that are designed to help middle schoolers soar high. Two programs, The National Math Club and MathCOUNTS.org, help build confidence in students of all ability and interest levels by giving them the opportunity to engage in unique math activities in a relaxed, social setting.
Club members have free access to Yale’s National Math Club materials as long as the club is registered and club members meet the following criteria:
- The group consists of at least 4 U.S. students.
- The students in the group are in 6th, 7th and/or 8th grade.
- The group has regular in-person meetings.
Some possible examples of eligible groups would be schools, chapters of larger organizations (such as the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, or Girl Scouts), tutoring/enrichment centers, or neighborhood math groups. Homeschool groups are also eligible.
Although registration for the 2015-2016 club does not open until August, parents and teachers can still access the 2014-2015 materials for use over the summer. These valuable resources can be used throughout the summer for daily practice. Parents can also print the materials and create a student notebook for use on car trips or airplane rides. Remember, these are FREE RESOURCES from one of America’s most prestigious universities.
Materials include the Student Handbook, poster archive with problems and solutions (HINT: these posters make great wall decor and help students memorize math strategies and facts.), video library, and problem of the week archive with downloadable problems and solutions. Also included are teaching videos and competition strategies.
MathCOUNTS offers additional materials, including the problems and strategies used in the 2015 Competition. I will include that information in my next blog, so please come back.
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