Admission Criteria

Epsilon Camp is looking for clear and convincing evidence of personal maturity, excitement in learning mathematics, mathematical background knowledge, and adequate motor skills that together provide a good fit for a challenging, very advanced intensive summer learning experience. The goal of the eligibility criteria is to ensure that all the campers thrive and learn together, enjoying a learning experience unlike any other in the world.

Epsilon Camp is designed to meet the abilities and needs of youngsters who are at the highest levels of quantitative reasoning and mathematical learning ability. Our goal is to introduce concepts, opportunities, mentors, teachers, and fellow students who are comparably gifted in all things mathematical. At no time will we modify our pace, depth, or expectations for those who elected to attend who find they are not actually at the mathematical reasoning levels required for full participation and enjoyment of our program. If after accepting the invitation to attend, you, your child, or our faculty discover that this is not a good fit, your child may stay, but we cannot alter our program. That said, we have observed that students who met the eligibility criteria and were accepted to Epsilon Camp generally thrived after adjusting to a challenge level well above their usual school lessons. We hope parents will understand we need to provide clear guidelines so that all students will be prepared to benefit from camp.

English is the language of instruction at Epsilon Camp. If the applicant's native language is not English, the applicant must provide proof of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing English to enroll in Epsilon Camp. 

Age

Your child should be age 7 by July 23, 2017 but not yet 12 years old by August 6, 2017.

Interest

The primary criteria for the camp are a deep love of mathematics and a willingness to explore it.

Does the applicant...

  • spend free time computing, constructing, or otherwise playing with mathematical ideas?
  • perk up when someone will talk seriously with them about mathematics?
  • take math books to bed?
  • jump at the chance to spend two weeks of summer vacation doing math all day?

If so, then Epsilon Camp might be the right fit for your child.

Girls in Math

Girls may manifest their interest and precocity in math differently than boys. If you are the parent of a daughter who loves math, we can work with you to determine if Epsilon Camp would be a good fit. We can also put you in touch with parents whose daughters have attended in the past.

Maturity and Motor Skills

Epsilon Camp is a very intense environment. It is important that all campers have a certain level of maturity, both to get the most out of the camp themselves and to help others do the same. The students who thrive are those with the following characteristics:

  • Ability to structure thoughts and communicate them.
  • Ability to use a pen or pencil to make constructive notes.
  • Ability to concentrate for 50 minutes in a classroom environment.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups.
  • Ability to attempt new things and to fail gracefully when they do not work out.
  • Ability to persevere when things get hard.
  • Willingness to ask questions when confused, stuck or in need of more challenge.
  • Respect for the ideas and needs of others.

Ability

Though a passion for mathematics is of primary importance, campers must also demonstrate exceptional ability to keep up with the pace of the camp. A certain level of mathematical knowledge must also be developed before the camp. These techniques are listed below, but it is worth emphasizing the essential importance of fluency (not just familiarity) in arithmetic.

Academic Program Ages 7–8 SKILLS PREREQUISITES

While the focus of the Academic Program Ages 7–8 is not on math skill development, the following skills are essential for success at camp. By the beginning of camp, campers should be able to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit numbers. 3-digit addition/subtraction and 1-by-3 digit multiplication should be effortless. 1 into 3 digit division should not interrupt their thought process.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions without interrupting their thought process.
  • Work with variables given by letters: evaluate an algebraic expression involving one variable, translate an arithmetical statement in English involving one variable to an algebraic expression, and multiply two linear expressions.
  • Know what it means to "square" or "cube" a number and have some exposure to higher exponents.
  • Have exposure to long division and square roots.
  • Applicants are not expected to know algebra.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM AGES 9–11, Year I Skills Prerequisites

Fluency
Techniques that can be performed effortlessly in the middle of some other complex activity:

  • addition
  • subtraction
  • multiplication
  • simple division
  • place value

Experience
Techniques that require some thought, but not complete concentration:

  • long division
  • using percent
  • adding fractions
  • converting between fraction and decimal
  • finding lowest common multiple and highest common fraction
  • expanding brackets and working with order of operations
  • working with several variables represented by letters or names (not just x)
  • arithmetic and manipulation of variables
  • exponentials and square roots
  • using coordinates to specify a position on a plane or in 3D
  • understanding the meaning of "solving an equation"
  • geometric vocabulary

Familiarity
Techniques that can be completed easily, but might require full concentration:

  • solving a linear equation
  • using rates and units
  • graphing functions
  • working with inequalities
  • factoring polynomials with integer solutions
  • finding the prime factorization of an integer
  • using a ruler and compass
  • translating between expressions in English and algebraic expressions
  • questioning why a mathematical process works
  • reasoning logically, for example, solving logic puzzles

Please note that completion of a formal Algebra I course is not a required prerequisite for Ages 9-11 Year I.

Non-discrimination Statement

Epsilon Camp does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy, or other legally protected characteristic in admissions, employment, or any activity administered by the Camp.