It’s that time of the year when many of you are researching which middle school summer camps to attend. I have attended a variety of summer camps since 7th grade that were mainly focused on mathematical problem solving and proofs. I frequently get asked if these camps are gender diverse or not, and the short answer is yes. Typically 25 to 30% of the attendees at most of these camps are girls, and I have made some of my best friends through many of these camps. I have met interesting students from all over the country, and there are many international attendees as well at many of these camps from Europe and Asia.
Here are some of the camps for middle school girls:
- Awesome Math Summer Program: This is one of the best camps for mathematical problem solving training. They usually have 3 different locations every year spanning the East Coast, the Central US, and the West Coast. More information about the locations can be found here. There are very specific course selection guidelines that I followed when registering for the camp and to get the best value out of this summer camp. I have not taken classes in their Year-Round program but I have heard those are good as well for students who cannot commit to Awesome Math’s summer schedules.
- MathPath: This is a four-week residential summer program for middle school students who are serious about mathematics. The program also provides them a rich social and recreational experience. MathPath encourages applications from female and minority students.
- Prove it! Math Academy: Even though this program will not be offered in 2019, it is one of the best math summer programs I have attended. It gave me a really solid foundation in proofs. Prove it! acts as a bridge between mathematical problem solving and proof writing, both of which are essential for various mathematical olympiads. This program will return in 2020, and is one of the rare programs that focuses on mathematical proofs, offered in beautiful Colorado.
- Idea Math: This is a summer math workshop for students in middle schools who wish to expand their mathematical knowledge, also while enhancing their problem-solving skills. Idea Math offers this camp at four different locations in the United States. They have year-round programs as well, which are offered in Boston, NY, TX, and the SF Bay Area.
In addition, please check out the following links for other summer camps including many online programs offered by AoPS.