SPMPS School Admissions, Google Trip, and More!

And now, my latest update e-mail about SPMPS.  If you want to receive SPMPS updates by e-mail, let me know.  Perhaps I should have a formal sign-up system for e-mails, but the truth is that I like the informality of a simple text e-mail that I send to our supporters.

Dear friends of the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving,

I would like to take a quick break from preparations for summer 2013 to celebrate the achievements of our students from summer 2012.

Before I get to that: last Friday, we had a reunion at Google’s NYC headquarters.  Google engineers made some fantastic presentations about their work.  In one presentation, we learned about binary and RGB values to encode images on a computer.  In another, we learned about the math behind apps, and the geometry that underlies a tap, pinch, or drag.  In a third, we heard about one Googler’s path from a challenging background to success at Goldman Sachs and then Google.  Then students could ask their own questions in a panel about careers, and got a tour of the great facilities.  Thanks to Google for providing such a wonderful reunion day!

Now… drumroll please… congratulations to all of our students who were admitted to selective schools:

  • Amy, Ana, and Jahdel for gaining admission to Brooklyn Tech!
  • Jamila for gaining admission to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School!
  • Amy, John, Nicole, Quentin, and Salimatou for gaining admission to Bard High School Early College!
  • Emalee and Kiara J. for gaining admission to the Brooklyn Latin School!
  • Joel for gaining admission to Westminster School!
  • Taylor for gaining admission to Manhattan / Hunter Science High School!
  • Jeremy for gaining admission to NYC iSchool!
  • Nathaniel for gaining admission to Manhattan Village Academy, Cardinal Hayes High School, and Cardinal Spellman High School!

Ana was also admitted to the Center for Talented Youth’s Academic Explorations program.  We still have many more students left to hear from about their school admissions, so I hope to have more great news for you soon.

Thanks as ever for all your support!

Dan

I’d also like to add something to this e-mail: all of our students are absolutely incredible.  I’m tremendously proud of their admission to selective schools, but the truth is that all of them have bright futures.  I didn’t mention the students attending the NY math circle, or those applying to other summer programs.  And the tremendous intelligence and insight they will bring to whatever school they attend.

I just saw them a week ago, and I miss them already!

Author: danzaharopol

I am a math geek. I love doing math, learning math, and teaching math. Nothing excites me more than working with young people who are discovering new and amazing things. Professionally, I founded Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a program that makes it possible for low-income and underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers. That's where I spend most of my time geeking out about math these days. Prior to BEAM, I was a math graduate student (studying algebraic topology) and taught math in places all around the country. I also co-founded and served as the founding CEO of Learning Unlimited, an organization that mentors college students to create enrichment programs for local middle and high school students. In my non-existent free time, I love board games, great plays, frisbee, and reading.

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