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 a fee of $120.



December 2, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon
What do clocks and fences have to do with keeping things secret?  Explore how mathematical ideas are used to create secret codes which can keep your messages safe and secure.

Spherical Journeys
January 27, 2018, 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 the Euclidean geometry that you have studied in school.

Fractals & Chaos
March 3, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Learn about the mathematics behind beautiful patterns which model natural shapes. Play the Chaos Game, draw fractal trees, and investigate patterns using colors, numbers, and geometry. Finish by building the Sierpinski Tetrahedron, a 3-dimensional fractal.

April 28, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Visualize geometric concepts by creating geometric shapes using origami-folding sequences. Challenge your problem-solving skills by connecting basic geometric shapes to create as many different polyhedra models as possible.



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



Taxi Cab Geometry
December 2, 2017, 9:30 am-Noon
The shortest distance between two points might be a straight line, but when moving through an urban area, sometimes that is not an option! There is more than one way to measure distance between two points and "taxi-cab distance" has many nice applications from traffic patterns to trying to plan a city.

See the Connection
January 27, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Learn to play connect-the dots like a professional.  Explore ways in which dots and lines can model our world and help to solve problems.  Find out about some problems that still have mathematicians stumped.  

Secret Sharing
March 3, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Learn about secret sharing: how can we take important information and split it into pieces, so that the pieces are individually useless? How can this help us maintain secret identities or give an inheritance to greedy children? What does this have to do with sudoku?

The Fun Never Ends
April 28, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon
Have you ever used “infinity plus one” to win an argument?  The idea of infinity leads to mind-bending math & paradoxes.  Learn about infinitely large buildings, sets, and numbers.

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.