Extreme Math & Science Friday: Foraging

Extreme Math & Science Friday: Foraging

Today in Extreme Math and Science, the students created a fitness modeling using excel, dice, and a dragonfly model. The students played a game simulating the life of a dragonfly and made decisions about foraging, mates and risk.  Based on their findings, the students them analyzed any errors they may have made and whether those errors were statistically significant.

Ask your student: What is foraging? (Foraging is searching for wild food resources. It affects an animal’s fitness because it plays an important role in an animal’s ability to survive and reproduce.)

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Extreme Math & Science Thursday: Modeling

Extreme Math & Science Thursday: Modeling

Today in Extreme Math and Science, students created their own model from scratch on Vensim. They came up with their own ideas for their model and then created it. After it was created they ran different checks on it and then saw how the unknown factors affected the model.

Ask your students: How did your group create your model?

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Extreme Math & Science Wednesday: Lincoln & Peterson

Extreme Math & Science Wednesday: Lincoln & Peterson

Today in Extreme Math and Science, students estimated unknown sample size by using the Lincoln Petersen method of population estimates using capture-mark-recapture methods. The students estimated populations and statistically compared them to figure out how accurate their estimations were.

Ask your student: What is the Lincoln-Peterson method? (It estimates of population size are based on a simple ratio and depend on the assumption that the population is closed to emigration, immigration, births or mortality during the sampling period)

Extreme Math & Science Tuesday: Predator vs Prey

Extreme Math & Science Tuesday: Predator vs Prey

Today, students used their discoveries from Monday and compare them to what they learned using the Vensim model about predator and prey. As a class they discovered what they learned is the same and different than the information they found yesterday. Students also show’d how modifying equations work, and tried to model the data collected from the Wolf-Deer Game from Monday with the model.

Ask your student: What happens if there is not enough prey to feed the predator? (the predators begin to die off)

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Extreme Math & Science Monday: Gettin’ Fit

Extreme Math & Science Monday: Gettin’ Fit

Today in Extreme Math and Science, the students learned the basics of ecology, fitness, and behavior where they devised their own methods to see if they could figure out how many beans were in a flask without directly counting them. This activity can be translated to the real world in a sense that they were estimating unknown populations of a species or number of particles.

Ask your student: What is fitness?  (In genetic terms, the probability of finding one of your genes in future generations.)

Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA

Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA

Salt and pepper…..peanut butter and jelly….science and math—without math, science just wouldn’t be the same! Math can reveal and relate what scientists discover by helping them find relationships between an experiment’s hypothesis and the data that is collected.

In this program students will learn about evolutionary biology and how to use mathematical modeling to predict how populations will change over time.

Students will be learning about how intra- and inter-species interactions can help or hinder population dynamics and will use the program Vensim to mathematically model these dynamics.

Summer 2017 is Almost Here!

Summer 2017 is Almost Here!

We are gearing up for summer 2017 and we are so excited to have all of you!

As we get closer to the start of our programs, here is some information that might be helpful to you.

Day Programs:

  • The program day begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 3:00 p.m. Morning drop-off/check in begins at 8:15 a.m. – and concludes at 8:30 a.m. Do NOT drop your child off prior to 8:15, as there will be so supervision available before this time.
  • Monday morning check-in: On the first day of the program, it is mandatory for parents to park and walk their participant to the summer program staff for first-day check-in. Your child will be assigned to a group leader who will be their same leader throughout the week.
  • Lunch is included in the program fee and provided through our food service, Sodexho. They offer many options for students, including burgers, macaroni and cheese, a salad bar, fresh fruit, and many other items. You may choose to send your child with a sack lunch if you prefer. Please note: the cafeteria is NOT a peanut free environment.
  • Pick up is promptly at 3:00 PM. We do not provide extended care. Please be timely and prompt with drop off and pick up for the best and safest experience for every participant.  Our personnel need to prepare for the next day after day programs end at 3:00 p.m.
  • Late Pickup Fee:  IMSA day programs end at 3 p.m.  Any parent/guardian picking up a child late will be assessed a fee of $15 per child for any pickup 15 minutes late and $1 per minute thereafter. Late fees are due on the child’s next day of camp.

Residential Programs:

  • Residential program check-in begins at 6:00 PM on the Sunday before the program start date. The entrance will change based on which dorms the students will be in. Please make note of this in your pre-program email!
  • Please plan on arriving to pick up your child between 1:45-1:55 p.m. the following Friday(the last day of the program). There will be a 30 minute program presentation/wrap-up starting promptly at 2:00 pm.
  • We do not honor requests to pair or group friends or relatives during their class during the day; however, they will have the opportunity to mingle during common activities such as lunch and free time.  Program participants are grouped at random to encourage a positive learning experience, meeting new friends while engaging in program activities.
  • We DO take requests for roommates. Friends or relatives (of the same gender) can be paired as roommates if both parties request each other by sending an email to us a studentenrichment@imsa.edu. Please include the program name and week offered, your child’s name, and the name of the child being requested as a roommate. We must receive this at least 10 days before the first date of your program to accommodate it.
  • Your child will be assigned to a group leader who will be their same leader throughout the week.