Virtual Gifted Math Camp
Date: May, 2021. Exact dates will be posted in January 2021.
HOW TO APPLY
Epsilon Camp will engage children in the age group of 9 through 13 in a challenging and intense summer camp. We are looking for evidence of Mathematical maturity and interest through teacher recommendations, performance on our qualifying pre-test and parent questionnaire. Please check 'How to Apply' section.
Just as an early start in foreign language, or musical precocity is readily encouraged, an early start in Mathematics is beneficial for the child who shows passion and ability. Epsilon Camp is for the extraordinary of such cases - children who not only are exceptionally or profoundly gifted but who also love Mathematics. The curriculum and pedagogy in most schools do not serve these outliers. Click here to read Dr. Thomas' opinion on the need for gifted Math camps for young Mathematicians.
We provide a rich environment, exposing the children to some of the most substantial Mathematical ideas of the last two thousand years. We have developed a curriculum that is both accessible and challenging to the brightest of young minds. With professional Mathematicians as our faculty, we are able to stretch any part of this material to challenge all campers. Click to read about some of the courses that will be covered.
Building the Future
○ connecting young minds with professional Mathematicians
○ collegiality instead of competition and comparison
• Broad View
○ breadth and depth of the field rather than acceleration
○ willing and confident participation
○ mutual appreciation of diverse abilities and efforts
While academics is the focus, Epsilon Camp is also the place for these children to meet like-minded peers.
Provide Enrichment Vs Acceleration. This will help develop the skills that are required to solve complex problems which require both perseverance and creativity.
Exposure to Mathematical ideas that are required for working on some of the complex problems in Mathematics and any of its allied fields including Economics, Computer Science, Finance, Health care, etc.
Interactions with professionals who are at the top of their game and who can engage with these profoundly gifted children in a meaningful way, both academically and socially.
Opportunity to engage with other gifted children and parents thereby serving as a milieu for not only the academic growth but also the social and emotional growth of these unique and gifted children.
Creating a community of collaborative learners and educators. We envision that this will help create the thinkers and statesman of tomorrow, who are confident, articulate and empathetic towards the problems faced by our society and who have had the opportunity to develop the skills required to solve these complex issues.
Learn to analyze problems deeply and question critically.
Develop critical analysis and reasoning skills.
Collaborate and facilitate discussion-based problem solving skills.
Organize and present ideas thoughtfully.
Develop growth mindset and be willing to use various exploratory methods to approach a problem.
Develop perseverance to work on complex problems.
Develop Mathematical maturity and confidence to interact and collaborate with thought leaders.
Camp is for you too!
Epsilon Camp tuition includes a Parent Program designed to support parents in nurturing mathematical and social growth in their exceptionally gifted children. Workshops feature a range of speakers including Epsilon Camp faculty, giving a glimpse of camp curriculum. Other topics include educational planning options and strategies. The camp fee also includes a parent program that is curated for parents raising a gifted child. Parents are encouraged to stay in campus and attend these sessions . Parents will have to pay for their boarding and lodging.
FACULTY & STAFF
Epsilon India is proud to have staff who are passionate about making a difference in students lives. Get to know each of our team members below.
GEORGE R. THOMAS
Founder of Epsilon USA and Academic guide and Faculty for Epsilon India
Dr. George R. Thomas is one of the most experienced in the world in organizing and running summer programs for students showing high promise in Mathematics. He founded the prestigious Canada/USA MathCamp, MathPath and Epsilon Camp. He stresses to the students that "Mathematics is the language of form". Dr. Thomas’ research has ranged over Semigroups and Extremal Graph Theory with forays in Analytical Number Theory. See Dr. Thomas' views on the need for Epsilon Camp in India.
Dr. S Muralidharan obtained his Ph D in Mathematics from TIFR.
Dr. S Muralidharan has had the distinction of not only being at the helm of technology with his work in the private sector but has also pursued his passion for academia. He has written more than 70 articles on Mathematics in various journals. He has published 4 books, the latest one titled Combinatorics for Mathematical Olympiads was released in January 2019. He is also the Chief Examination Coordinator for the oﬃcial Mathematical Olympiads in India conducted by MTA (I). He is actively involved with the Mathematics Olympiad program of AMTI for several years.
At TCS he worked on Algorithms and Data Science and headed the Decision Sciences and Algorithms Lab and retired on 30th Oct 2019. Dr. S Muralidharan has a keen desire to spread the use of technology in the teaching of Mathematics at school level and is looking forward to bringing his expertise in Mathematics and Technology to the students at Epsilon.
Vinay is passionate about gifted and K-12 Mathematics Education. He enjoys working with students from all across the country through his online and offline sessions where he focuses on building reasoning skills, creativity and inquiry through Mathematical thinking. As the co-founder of Raising a Mathematician foundation, Vinay has had the pleasure of mentoring both profoundly gifted students and students with a strong dislike for Mathematics. He is equally thrilled to see his students pursue careers in serious Mathematics in institutions such as the Chennai Mathematical Institute or take the skills learnt from studying Mathematics and apply it productively to other areas of life. Vinay is also the founder of Vichar Vatika, an organization that aims at focusing on the long term goals of Mathematics Education and has worked on areas of curriculum development, inquiry-oriented education and working towards understanding causes of math phobia with NCERT. Vinay has a deep interest about history of Mathematics and the place of India in the history of Mathematics. He founded School of Vedic Maths to spread the knowledge about history of Indian Mathematics and use of Vedic Mathematics as a tool to create a love for numbers. He has authored two books and an online course on Vedic Mathematics for Chinmaya International Foundation. Vinay has given two TEDx talks on two of his main interests, 'Goals of Mathematics Education' and 'History of Mathematics'.
Chinthu has driven the Software Test and Software Process Management for a number of start ups and multinationals in the Bay Area, California. Chinthu is passionate about building products that works seamlessly from both a business and usability standpoint. She has enjoyed leading Testing teams for products that have a substantial community impact such as the Math Reasoning Inventory (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and led by Math Educators from Math Solutions). She has been part of the Epsilon USA community for the last 4 years where she has volunteered in various capacities exposing her to gifted education and advocacy. She is looking forward to making Epsilon Camp India a memorable experience for all the participants.
Hari is currently a Deloitte Foundation Fellow and a doctoral student at Michigan State University, USA. Prior to joining the PhD program in 2016, Hari co-founded Raising a Mathematician Foundation (RAM), where he heads the academic affairs. He was also an instructor for students pursuing Chartered Accountancy (CA) in India. He has a rich experience in the education sector and has taught preparatory courses from school level to Master's level. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) recognized his services in the field of education in 2015. Hari has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting from University of Mumbai, India and is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) since 2010 and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) since April 2017. He scored the highest marks in CMA exam held in Feb 2017 and was also an All India Rank Holder in CAPE-I (May 2004) and CAPE-II (Nov 2005).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS SERVED BY EPSILON CAMP ?
Epsilon Camp is designed to meet the abilities and needs of children from 9 and 13 years who are at the highest levels of quantitative reasoning and Mathematical learning ability. The goal is to introduce concepts, opportunities, mentors, teachers, and fellow students who are comparably gifted in all things Mathematical.
HOW DO I REALLY KNOW IF MY CHILD IS SHOWING HIGH PROMISE IN MATH?
There are several aspects which collectively identify such a child.
a. Excited about Math.
b. Greater mastery of content and skills relative to peers.
c. Finds Math classwork too easy and even boring.
d. Rapid comprehension. That is, the child learns not only in Math but also in other fields at faster pace and greater depth than same-age peers.
e. Long pre-occupation in difficult efforts like a chess champion in a long game.
WHERE IS THE CAMP GOING TO BE HELD?
In response to the global pandemic, Epsilon Camp 2021 will be an online camp. Mathematically gifted students from all over the country can attend the camp from the safety of their homes. The schedule will be planned carefully to ensure there are sufficient breaks and also most importantly, close engagement with fellow students and faculty.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE CAMP?
I HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
Please submit an enquiry through the 'Contact' form or send us an email at
WHO WILL BE WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS?
The students will be taught by professional Mathematicians and Math Educators. The faculty will be mentored by Dr. George Thomas. Children will also have access to Counselors to help them with homework and other academic questions. The counselors will be attending the classes along with the Children. The Executive Director and Operations Manager will also be available to help the children with anything they need.
MY CHILD IS GOOD AT MATH BUT NOT EXCITED ABOUT MATH. WILL THIS CAMP TRAIN MY CHILD?
The camp is meant for children who love Math and are excited by Math. It is not a training/coaching camp. The child's interest in doing the exploratory pre-test that will be posted in January 2021, is a good indication of the interest and ability of the child.
YOU SAY EPSILON IS AN ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. CAN YOU EXPLAIN?
[This section on Enrichment Program was written by Dr. George R. Thomas, founder of Epsilon Camp, who has worked for over a quarter century with precocious students]. 
Math enrichment means richer learning in Math. It might take a long essay to explain what this means for students showing high promise in Math. It is easier to list the things that are not enrichment.
a. Enrichment is not rote learning (Rote learning means, learning facts and acquiring skill through repetition). Rote learning, however, does have its place, especially in practicing to put to memory a procedure or information that will be needed often, an example being multiplication table. But repeated tasks involving either the application or clarification of a concept is the rote learning that is not enrichment; an example is the use of quadratic formula.
b. Enrichment is not acceleration or compaction.
Acceleration means taking a higher level course. Compaction means compacting or reducing the time allowed to master a course. In acceleration as well as compaction, the course proceeds in a shallow way. Both of these are easily made available in any school setting and are the easy go-to but they are not sufficient due to lack of depth.
c. Enrichment is not math competitions.
This is what teachers and parents resort to for a child who is highly gifted in Math. This is appropriate and fun for precocious children, but it is not enrichment.
"These competitions are fun, interesting, and educationally effective for the people who are successful in them. But they also have a downside. The competitions reinforce the notion that either you ‘have good math genes’, or you do not. They put an emphasis on being quick, at the expense of being deep and thoughtful. They emphasize questions which are puzzles with some hidden trick, rather than more realistic problems where a systematic and persistent approach is important. This discourages many people who are not as quick or as practiced, but might be good at working through problems when they have the time to think through them. Some of the best performers on the contests do become good mathematicians, but there are also many top mathematicians who were not so good on contest math. Quickness is helpful in mathematics, but it is only one of the qualities which is helpful" .
So what is Math enrichment for the precocious? A model proposed is for enrichment to allow "quicker students to work through the material in greater depth and to take excursions into related topics, before racing ahead of their age group" . But this is not possible in a general classroom setting even if the teacher possesses a bedrock of conceptual understanding, for not all students in the class in most schools are at the same level of precocity unlike those in a summer program for the precocious.
In an enrichment program for students showing high promise, topics must have depth and rigor and lead to confidence and capacity for the student. When the very source of a concept is seen, one can begin to appreciate it in a fundamental way and also see the connections with other areas. An enrichment program of this kind needs two parties: students showing high promise and Mathematicians who are excited about mentoring the future Mathematicians and who have taken particular care to be non-assertive mediators. This is the practice goal of Epsilon Camp.
Mission of Epsilon Camp: Epsilon Camp connects precocious children to professional Mathematics and builds a supportive community with peers and families.
 George R. Thomas, “Why Mathpath,” http://www.mathpath.org/why.htm
 William P. Thurston, “Mathematical Education,” Notices of AMS, 37(1990)844-850