Saturday Enrichment

Registration for 2016-17 Saturday enrichment is now closed.  Please check this summer for information about our 2017-18 programs.

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 a fee of $120.



Making Your Vote Count
November 12, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon
Right after the elections - learn why our voting system, 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?

Spherical Journeys
December 10, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon
Discover a new geometry that holds many surprises as you investigate journeys around the world. Examine how light, shapes and space influence mapmaking and orienteering. Shatter many assumptions of Euclidean geometry that you have studied in school.

Colors & Connections
January 28, 2017, 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 an different if the planet Earth were shaped like a donut instead of a sphere?

Celebration of Pi
March 4, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon
Students will learn about the transcendental number, Pi, and how it has evoked more mystery, misconception, and romanticism than any other mathematical symbol.



Young Emerging Scholars
Students in grades 6 and 7 may enroll in these four Saturday morning events for a fee of $120.



Topology & Knot Theory
November 12, 2016, 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.’

Shorter, Cheaper, Faster!
December 10, 2016, 9:30 am-Noon
Explore some of the most interesting and useful applications of mathematics in modern life. How can you find the shortest and cheapest way to travel between vacation destinations? How can you build an electrical network with as little cable as possible? These problems lead to fascinating mathematics and questions which are still unanswered to this day!

Communicating Clearly
January 28, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon
Did you know that 1+1=0?  Explore how cell phones, computers and satellite use this strange fact to send messages and defeat static.

Celebration of Pi
March 4, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon
Students will learn about the transcendental number, Pi, and how it has evoked more mystery, misconception, and romanticism than any other mathematical symbol.

Workshop Logistics

  • Program workshops are held on specific Saturday mornings in Blegen Hall on the University's Minneapolis campus (West 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 Rarig Center (the corner of 4th Street & 21st Ave South), or on the first floor of Blegen Hall. 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.