Math Puzzles and Games- Online

Date(s) & Location(s):
June 17 - 28, 2024
July 8 - 19, 2024
Program Details:

The first week of each course takes place asynchronously and will consist of about 5 hours of work. During the second week of each course, students will interact with their instructor and other students via video conferencing meetings and will have about 15 hours of work for the week.

The synchronous portion of this course during the second week will be from 9:00 am – 10:30 am Monday-Friday.

Grades Eligible:
Rising  7th 8th 9th
Course Description:

This two-week course will introduce students to new/old math puzzles/games and a couple branches of non-algebraic mathematical topics. During the virtual week, we will gather to develop strategies to solve logic and “sudoku-like” puzzles. Students will also challenge each other while working collaboratively to solve virtual Escape Rooms and classic mathematical riddles. Students are encouraged to introduce their favorite puzzles/games to the class for further exploration. For the asynchronous week, students will be introduced to Graph Theory and the mathematics of Apportionment. Each day students will be given materials/videos to learn a topic and then solve a handful of problems that relate to the topic of the day. This two-week course will provide a fun and stimulating environment for students to directly engage in mathematical problem solving.

Ryan Pietropaolo
About The Instructor:

A member of the NCSSM mathematics faculty since 2008, Ryan Pietropaolo has taught a variety of courses from Calculus to Graph Theory. He has presented work at multiple conferences and has worked with the AP College Board in a variety of capacities. He has served on the Faculty Senate and has attained National Board certification. Ryan has also taken countless students backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and hiking through the National Parks of Utah.