Middle school students attend third annual AMP Summer Math Camp

Third Annual Arizona Mathematics Partnership Summer Math Camp hosts hundreds of middle school students. (File photo)

Third Annual Arizona Mathematics Partnership Summer Math Camp hosts hundreds of middle school students. (File photo)

More than 200 middle school students from five school districts throughout Greater Phoenix will participate in the third annual Arizona Mathematics Partnership Summer Math Camp at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College in Tempe.

Out of more than 360 applicants, only 220 were chosen to participate in the camps, with each camp hosting 110 students. Students will stay in dorm rooms at the Hassayampa Academic Village, eat at the Honors College dining hall, and participate in activities at the ASU student activity center and fitness center as part of their college-life experience, according to a press release.

AMP covers the costs of the camp as part of its community outreach goal so selected campers can attend for free thanks to AMP, along with 10 core partners, led by Scottsdale Community College.

In 2012, the AMP received an $8.7 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to implement strategies aimed at making middle-school math teachers more effective in teaching math.

So far, more than 300 middle school teachers received training during a two-year period to learn new methods of imparting math concepts that emphasize problem solving, sense-making and creating a deeper understanding of content. They also participate in math projects designed to share and teach math concepts in a fun and relevant way.

To accommodate more applicants to the program, AMP added another week-long camp on June 12-16 and June 19-23.

“We added another week so we would have the ability to select more campers but we still had to turn away more than 100 students,” Lynda Boepple, AMP camp director and project coordinator, said in a prepared statement. “It was very difficult to have to do that but at least people are aware of the value of our program.”

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