Saturday Enrichment

MathCEP is currently offering Saturday Enrichment classes for students in grades 5-7. Each program encourages participants to explore mathematics and its scientific applications from different perspectives based on specific mathematics themes.
Scholarships are readily available in cases of financial need.  Please contact our office if the cost of the programs would prevent your child from participating.


Professions & Recreations: Intermediate Mathematics Enrichment
Students in grades 5 and 6 may enroll in these four Saturday morning events for the discounted fee of $70 (for the remaining 2 events).


Making your Vote Count
December 8, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Learn how our voting systems, which is used to choose everybody from our country's president to your school council, is flawed. What other methods could we use? Which is best?

Colors and Connections
January 12, 2019, 9:30 am-Noon
Learn about one of the most famous mathematical problems in history: How many colors do you need to color in a map? Why did it take mathematicians over 100 years to prove that they knew the answer? Would the answer be any different if the planet Earth were shaped like a donut instead of a sphere?

Tessellating Patterns
March 2, 2019, 9:30 am-Noon
Examine tessellations and create your own tiling pattern.  Learn about the symmetry of polygons and how these patterns are linked to nature, art and science.

Mathematical Games
April 27, 2019, 9:30 am-Noon
Sharpen your wits and get ready to strategize! Discover the mathematics behind jenga and other games as you play.  Learn tricks for helping you or your group win at games.



Young Emerging Scholars
Students in grades 6 and 7 may enroll in these four Saturday morning events for the discounted fee of $70 (for the remaining 2 events).


Topology and Knot Theory
December 8, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Explore a world where squares, circles, and triangles are all the same shape; where stretching and twisting do not change their mathematical nature. Determine if a closed loop is knotted or not & attempt to construct types of knots. Use the mathematics of knots and knot theory to untie your preconceptions about "inside," "outside," & "boundaries."

Communicating Clearly
January 12, 2019, 9:30 am-Noon
Did you know that 1+1=0? Learn how cell phones, computers and satellites use this strange fact to send messages and defeat static.

Symmetries of Polygons
March 2, 2019, 9:30 am-Noon
Discover the mathematical structure behind the symmetries of shapes.  Activities as simple as rotating a square can lead to some of the deepest areas of mathematics.

The Butterfly Effect & the World Around Us
April 27, 2019, 9:30 am-Noon
Learn about chaos and randomness in the world around us. Explore the butterfly effect, or how small changes at the outset can lead to big changes in an outcome. Discover chaos in the graphs of functions, how randomness can help you estimate the number of items in a jar, and ways we can conceal messages using chaos.

Workshop Logistics

  • Program workshops are held on specific Saturday mornings in Folwell Hall on the University's Minneapolis campus (East Bank). The only exception is the UMTYMP Test Prep in February (held on the St. Paul campus).
  • About a week prior to each event, students will receive a reminder e-mail listing the event's date, time, and location.
  • Check-in for each workshop is from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. in front of Folwell Hall (the South East corner of Pleasant St SE and University Ave). A typical workshop schedule includes an introduction and overview from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., activities from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., a short social break, continued activities from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., and closure, cleanup, and evaluation until dismissal at noon. The student/instructor ratio at workshops is approximately 10:1.

Family Agreement

By completing the Registration Form, student and parent(s) are confirming that they reviewed and discussed the following points:


  1. Must be prepared to have fun while learning mathematics!
  2. Must behave responsibly -- walk between classes, stay with your group, use a quiet voice while in class and on break, clean up after yourself, and respect the property of other participants, staff and the University.
  3. Must be respectful in words and actions to other students, teaching assistants and teachers. Students will respond respectfully to the authority of the teacher and teaching assistants. Instructors will not tolerate disruptive or disorderly behaviors that interfere with classroom instruction.
  4. Must dispose of any debris from food/beverages they consume in wastebaskets; otherwise, we will no longer allow them to eat in classrooms.


  1. Must punctually drop-off and pick-up students.
  2. Understand that only a student registered for a program may attend that program's workshops.
  3. Understand that students with the following symptoms may NOT attend a MathCEP workshop: a fever over 100 degrees; a contagious skin rash; vomiting.
  4. Understand that participants who fail to respect or follow the above policies are subject to dismissal from MathCEP programs.
  5. Must agree that MathCEP has the right to take photos for the purpose of promotional materials.
  6. Understand there is a $20 administrative fee for refunds processed before the program begins and there are no refunds once the program begins.