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Dordt to offer new summer math/statistics camp for high school students

February 10, 2012

Dordt College is adding to its summer camp offerings, and this time, there's something new for high school students. DC SIMS, Dordt College's Summer Investigations in Mathematics and Statistics, is being offered as a free, first-year pilot program for motivated and talented high school students. The three-day, three-night camp will feature hands-on explorations for students who will be mentored by Dordt math and statistics faculty.

“Work hard. Play hard. That’s our motto.” says co-director Valorie Zonnefeld. “Students passionate about mathematics know that math can be fun. We’ll have a great time doing a variety of interesting things with mathematics and statistics, and we’ll take plenty of time to do fun activities and get to know each other, too.”

Along with research and recreational activities, the program will expose students to careers and research in mathematics and statistics. Participants should have a strong interest and aptitude in math or statistics and should have completed at least two years of high school mathematics by the end of this school year.

“Many high school students who enjoy mathematics and statistics don’t know what career options are available to them in these areas. But, the reality is that our world is becoming more dependent on data daily. This means that students with a passion for numbers now have a wealth of career options available to them,” says DC SIMS co-director Nathan Tintle.

“DC SIMS will be an opportunity for interested students to explore applications of mathematics and statistics to a number of fields to help them in their process of vocational discernment at this critical point in their lives,” Tintle said.

The camp is available to only 12-15 qualified students who will be juniors or seniors in fall of 2012. The program runs concurrent with Dordt Discovery Days, the popular week-long camp for children who have completed 6th through 8th grade.

DC SIMS students will arrive Monday evening, June 25, for orientation and then spend three days exploring topics in actuarial science, mathematical modeling, statistics/biostatistics/statistical genetics, cryptography, and infinity. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than March 15, 2012. Those who are accepted into the program will be notified in early to mid-April.

DC SIMS is funded by the Andreas Center at Dordt College. High school students who are interested will need to submit an application, which can be found, along with more information, at

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