Families Learning Science Together at TCPL -- Playing with Polymers on Saturday, November 12

posted Oct 25, 2016, 6:03 AM by Mark Chao

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research will host “Playing with Polymers” on Saturday, November 12 from 1-2 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will find out what polymers are and how we can use them.

This event is part of Families Learning Science Together (FLST), a free program designed to help children develop an early love of science through hands-on participation. FLST events are offered at the Library on the second Saturday of each month.

FLST programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu. Please include the name and age of all children in the email. 

More information about Families Learning Science Together workshops can be found at http://ccmr.prod.academicsweb.com/education/community-programs/families-learning-science-together/.

Math events across Ithaca for kids and families on Saturday, November 5

posted Oct 25, 2016, 5:55 AM by Mark Chao

On Saturday, November 5, families of kids from pre-K up to grade 10 will have two great opportunities in Ithaca to explore and enjoy mathematics.

Math Day at Ithaca College
For kids from pre-K up through elementary school

Williams Hall, third floor
Ithaca College
10 AM-1 PM
Free -- no registration required

Math Engaged and the Ithaca College Math Department invite students from pre-K through elementary schools, plus their whole families, to explore mathematics through coding, games, puzzles, music, art, building, reading, playing, and much more. Parking is free. Learn more by visiting MathEngaged.org or visiting the Math Engaged Facebook page. Questions can be e-mailed to Math Engaged Program Director at info@mathengaged.org.

Family Mathematics Program at Cornell University
For kids in grades 7-10

Malott Hall, second floor
Cornell University
9 AM-3:30 PM with optional campus tour afterward

Registration and payment are required by October 30.
Information:  http://www.math.cornell.edu/m/Community/jhu-cty.html
Registration form:  http://www.math.cornell.edu/files/outreach/CTY-RegistrationForm.pdf

Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth and the Mathematics Department at Cornell University invites students in grades 7-10 and their parents/guardians to explore math through a series of lectures and hands-on activities. Professor Tara Holm, who recently chaired the American Mathematical Society's Committee on Education, will deliver the keynote address on the topology of trousers. In her talk, she will demonstrate how to turn her trousers inside out without taking them off. Breakout sessions will give participants hands-on experiences to explore various mathematical ideas by playing games and solving puzzles.

Math Explorer's Club at Cornell for grades 8-12

posted Sep 21, 2016, 4:53 AM by Mark Chao

The goal of Math Explorer's Club is to introduce new mathematical concepts and problem solving strategies to grades 8-12 students.  Meetings feature interactive lessons in a cooperative and supportive learning environment.

Topic:  Induction, Recursion, and Beyond

Logistics:  Saturdays, October 8 & 15, 2016

                10 am - 1 pm (pizza lunch provided)

               Cornell University, Malott Hall, room 207

Registration DeadlineThursday, October 6, 2016

Here is a link to a flier with more information.


To register and to see additional information:  


Water sampling and orienteering with Community Science Institute 4-H2O program

posted Sep 10, 2016, 2:50 PM by Mark Chao

Kids are invited to join the 4-H2O program of the Community Science Institute in collecting water samples at Stewart Park in Ithaca on Tuesday, September 13.   Participants will 'orienteer' their way to the sampling locations.  There they will collect water samples and conduct chemical testing for 3 different water quality parameters (and learn what a parameter is!).  Results will contribute to the Community Science Institute's public database of water quality in our area. Be ready also to play a little bit of water trivia and share water jokes along the way! 

All ages are welcome. Children 7 and under must have a parent or guardian present at all times.

Questions? Email info@communityscience.org or call 607-257-6606.


Creative Math Camps -- week-long summer camps for Grades K-5

posted Jun 7, 2016, 8:15 AM by Mark Chao

Get engaged with mathematics this summer at Creative Math Camps for all elementary school students! Students have the opportunity to spend a week exploring the intuitive, hands-on, relevant applications of mathematics as they engage in workshops of music, art, science, nature, engineering, and more. With a 4:1 camper-to-counselor ratio, students experience both individual attention from trained, passionate counselors as well as group support from their peers as they discover how to utilize their own reasoning skills and brain power to conquer challenges. Math Camps are not about worksheets, homework, memorization, or timed exercises; rather, they are about reasoning and logic, conceptualizing, modeling, and creatively solving problems.

Creative Math Camps are open to all elementary school level students of all relationships of math, running M-F 9am-1pm. Students can sign up for any one of the three camps: July 11th-15th at South Hill Elementary; July 18th-22nd at Fall Creek Elementary; and July 25th-29th at Cayuga Heights Elementary. Creative Math Camps are hosted by Math Engaged, a program of the Durland Alternatives Library, project partner of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501(c)(3) organization). To learn more and to sign up, visit MathEngaged.org or call the Program Director, April E. Leithner, at 914-309-3242.

STEAM Book Club at Tompkins County Public Library

posted Jun 6, 2016, 7:27 AM by Mark Chao

Middle-graders are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through lively book discussions and hands-on activities during Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly STEAM Book Club, held on the fourth Wednesday of every month throughout the year, including summer.

Continuing June 22 with a discussion of The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, the STEAM Book Club will encourage area students to improve their understanding of current core competencies through critical thinking and book-related activities.

The Birchbark House follows Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, as she lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

The STEAM Book Club is free and open to all third, fourth and fifth graders. June’s program will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Free copies of “The Birchbark House” can be picked up at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

For more information or to register, contact Kate DeVoe at (607) 272-4557 extension 277 or kdevoe@tcpl.org.


Girls' Summer Tech Camp at TST BOCES

posted Jun 6, 2016, 7:22 AM by Mark Chao

Girls entering grades 6-8 are invited to participate in a Girls Summer Tech Camp at TST BOCES in July. Camp cost is just $90 and scholarships are available. The first camp will run from July 11-15. This camp is for girls entering grade 6. The second camp runs from July 18-22. This camp is for girls entering grades 7 or 8. The camp will be held from 8:00 am- 12:00 pm.

For more information, visit https://girlstechsummer.wordpress.com/ or call Sunshine Miller, Coordinator of Cooperative Enrichment at: 607-257-1555 x1013.

The application deadline is June 20.  You can apply through the website or through the link below.

Link to the application:


IHS Senior Seminar in Mathematics

posted May 12, 2016, 2:25 PM by Mark Chao

The Senior Seminar at Ithaca High School provides advanced mathematics instruction for students who have exhausted the high-school mathematics curriculum. Over the course of the academic year, three graduate students introduce topics related to their research interests and then guide students in the development of their own end-of-term research projects.

Please join us on Sunday, May 22, for this year's IHS Senior Seminar student research presentations. The agenda for the meeting is online:


You may attend the entire day or for only a portion of the day. Please notify organizers by Wednesday, May 18, if you plan to attend.

More information about the Senior Seminar is here: http://www.math.cornell.edu/m/Community/enrichment

Many top finishes for IHS, DeWitt TSA at state competition

posted Mar 13, 2016, 10:45 AM by Mark Chao

Teams from Ithaca High School (IHS) and DeWitt Middle School earned resounding wins at the New York State Technology Student Association (NYS TSA) conference on Friday, March 11, earning dozens of individual awards, as well as Chapter of the Year designations at two levels.

The annual all-day conference, hosted by the Technology Department at SUNY Oswego, drew 121 students to 32 competitive events across a broad range of technical fields, from aeronautical engineering to extemporaneous speech to prototype manufacturing to website design. The IHS team took first place in 13 of 20 events, while DeWitt earned first in 9 of 12.

DeWitt students Aidan Foley, Ryan Mao, and Jefferson Sheng were named Students of the Year at the middle school level. IHS junior Jacob Silcoff barely missed becoming Student of the Year at the high school level, but led all Ithaca students with four first-place finishes. Silcoff also won a vote among members and thus became President of NYS TSA for 2016-17.

Events varied not only by subject matter, but also by their structure, with teams competing in some categories and individuals competing in others. Both teams got notably excellent performances from their first-year members, including 9th-graders Tony Yang and Vaynu Kadiyali (each with three first-place team finishes), Joseph Yoon (two individual firsts), and Tilden Chao (one individual first, one team first, and one team second).

The DeWitt TSA chapter is led by faculty advisors Dave Buchner and Bob Walters. The IHS TSA team is led by faculty advisors Bill Sauve and Karen Kiechle. Evie Weinstein serves as State Advisor and member of the Board of Trustees of the NYS Technology Student Association. Weinstein and Williamsville North High School teacher Stacy Corio were the main organizers of the state conference.

Ithaca’s TSA teams now turn to preparations for the national TSA conference in Nashville in June, with high hopes that their efforts will measure up against those of the strongest technology teams in the country. The teams welcome donations in support of travel, required uniforms, and materials. Both groups accept tax-deductible donations via IthacaSTEM Advocates, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). To support the TSA teams, please visit www.ipei.org, click the Donate button, then use the second box on the donation page to direct your gift to IthacaSTEM Advocates and the TSA groups. 

Math Explorer's Club

posted Mar 10, 2016, 7:12 AM by Mark Chao

The goal of Math Explorer's Club is to introduce new mathematical concepts and problem solving strategies to students in grades 8 through 12.  Meetings feature interactive lessons in a cooperative and supportive learning environment.

Topic:  Geometry and Topology of Surfaces

Logistics:  Saturdays, March 19 & 26, 2016 @ 10 am - 1 pm (pizza lunch provided)

Registration DeadlineThursday, March 17, 2016

Here is a link to a flier with more information.


To register and to see additional information:  


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