Welcome to the home of Rio Rancho Math Camp

Rio Rancho Math Camp is an intellectually stimulating experience for middle school students who like math, and want to experience hands on, challenging math activities.

For a list of topics covered during previous summers, click here.

2015 Math Camp Details

Students are eligible for the 2015 Math Camp if they are in 5th or 6th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. Our students typically come from Rio Rancho, but any student living in New Mexico may attend.

Dates for the 2015 Camp are: June 1-5 and June 8-12 (Mondays through Fridays) -- 10:00 am to Noon. Both weeks are included.

We are looking for students currently in 5th or 6th grade who enjoy math and want to be challenged with creative, hands-on lessons. For examples of the topics we cover each summer, click here.

Tuition Free: Thanks to generous donations from local businesses, Rio Rancho Math Camp is free.

Camp attendance is limited to 16 students. Demand for admission exceeds the available capacity, so please ensure that your child really wants to attend and will attend all ten sessions.

Admission Criteria: We serve students who love math, and want to learn more. We do not screen for math ability, but we do ask that every student have memorized the times tables prior to attending. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. Click here to request an application form for the 2015 Math Camp.

Sponsorship and Location: Rio Rancho Math Camp is sponsored by The ASK Academy Foundation, a 501-C3 organization, and sessions will be held at The ASK Academy at 4311 Sara Road, in Rio Rancho. The ASK Academy is a public charter STEM school (grades 7 to 11) specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

To receive an application form, please email Andy.Klee@YoungMathWizards.com.

We aim to inspire an appreciation for math that will last a lifetime!

We cover many interesting topics, with hands on activities, and we strive for mastering the underlying concepts, not rote memorization. To see the full list of camp lessons click here.

Some of the student faves have been:

  • Seeing how a Klein Bottle is actually an unfolded Mobius Strip.
  • The amazing connections between Pascal's Triangle, the Fibonacci Sequence, and the Golden Rectangle.
  • How dropping a needle on a lined piece of paper eventually gives you the value of Pi.
  • Proving the Pythagorean Theorem in a way that is memorable.

Who we are

Rio Rancho Math Camp was founded, on a volunteer basis, by Andy Klee, a Rio Rancho resident.

For more on Andy's background and why he started Rio Rancho Math Camp, click here. We are fortunate to have two additional volunteer teachers, both of whom are returning for their third summer of Math Camp.

We are currently seeking another adult volunteer to assist with teaching the sessions. A background in teaching Math would be very helpful.

Donations

Tax deductible donations may be made to the ASK Academy Foundation.

If you would like make a donation, please write a check to the ASK Academy Education Foundation and write "Math Camp" on the memo line. Checks may be mailed to the school at:

   ASK Academy
   1380 Rio Rancho Blvd. #361
   Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124

You will receive a receipt from the Foundation for your donation. Donations are greatly appreciated, as they allow us to offer reduced tuition to families facing financial challenges. Donations also support starting new Math Camps in underprivileged areas. The camp is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers.

Please visit our Facebook page

For lots of fun Math information, including Math jokes, interesting problems, and ideas for teaching and learning Math, please visit:

www.facebook.com/RioRanchoMathCamp

 

Click here to request an application form for the 2014 Math Camp

 

Registration

To register, send an email to Andy.Klee@Q.com or call Andy at 505-331-4303. We will respond by calling you to discuss your child's interest and answer any questions you have.

Fees

There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of supplies.

Apply for the June 2012 Rio Rancho Math Camp

Schedule

Math Camp is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, for the first three weeks of June, 2012. Dates for each session are:

June 4, 6, 8
June 11, 13, 15
June 18, 20, 22

Eligibility

Students who are in 5th or 6th grade during the 2011-2012 school year are eligible to register. Our students typically come from Rio Rancho, but any student living in New Mexico may attend. Math Camp is aimed at high achieving children who enjoy math.

Fees

There is a no fee to attend the Rio Rancho Math Camp. All we ask is your commitment to making the camp a great experience.

Registration

The application deadline is February 15, 2012.

Email Andy.Klee@ERPtips.com for an application form. 12 students will be admitted for the 2012 season of Rio Rancho Math Camp. You will be notified of the admission decision by February 29th, 2012.

We ask that family vacations be scheduled before or after the Math Camp.

Services For School Districts and Non-Profit Organizations

Like what you see at Young Math Wizards?

Does your school district or non-profit want to start a Math Camp?

We are available to conduct a one-day Math Camp QuickStart workshop which covers:

  • Strategy and Goal Setting
  • Funding and Budgeting
  • Curriculum
  • Defining the Target Audience
  • Marketing/PR
  • Community and Parent Involvement
  • Evaluating Results

For details and to make arrangements for a workshop, contact Andy.Klee@YoungMathWizards.com

The 1,2,3…Infinity Tutoring Program

Would you like to see your child accelerate his or her math skills?

No matter what your child's skill level is—below average, average, above average, or gifted—remarkable results are the norm with the 1,2,3…Infinity tutoring program.

Utilizing the skills and passion of Andy Klee, founder of Young Math Wizards, and other trained volunteer tutors, your child will enjoy and benefit from our hands-on approach to Mathematics.

All tutoring fees are donated to The ASK Academy Education Foundation, a tax-exempt 501-(c)(3) organization.

To find out more about acquiring the services of one of our tutors, contact Andy.Klee@YoungMathWizards.com

Interested in becoming a volunteer math tutor? Contact Andy.Klee@YoungMathWizards.com

Testimonials

"I love the lessons you present, because, like many of mine, they honor the fact that students are engaged in learning if the activity is challenging and presented in a way that goes from the known to the unknown while avoiding rote."

Colleen McIntyre
Teacher, Challenge Math and Geometry
Seashore Middle Academy


I enjoy it and I wish it was longer than an hour and fifteen minutes. I love it when Math is taught like this!

Devin Miyamoto, Sixth Grade Student

I completely support something that takes a usually complicated topic (math,in this case) and breaks it down with child-friendly vocabulary, examples, and real life applications so that kids aren't completely tuned out at the mere mention of the subject. My son, who likes math, although it's not his favorite, looks forward to attending the session each week. In fact, he made us leave for vacation later than planned, so he wouldn't miss the class the morning of our trip.

Dana Miyamoto, Devin's Mom

Printing Lesson Plans

Click on the links below to open each lesson in your browser.  From there, click File, Print, and you'll have these lessons printed out.  If you use these lessons, please let us know, and we appreciate any feedback on the lesson content. 

2012 Lesson Plans

We suggest doing the first six lessons in the following order, as some lessons build on previous ones.  The last three lessons build on each other, so we recommend doing those in order, as well. 

Topology A great way to start these lessons!  Don't miss the video which shows a Klein Bottle being split open to reveal a Mobius strip.  Way cool!
Print copies of the map of the US for the 4 color exercise, here

Pythagorean Theorem plus Fermat's Last Theorem  Challenge your students by extending the Pythagorean Theorem to Fermat's Last Theorem.  We love how Andrew Wiles explains that the problem posed by Fermat's Last Theorem is accessible to middle school students, and how he made it his life's work to prove it, starting at age 10.

Pi  We had a great time measuring round objects to calculate Pi--even though some of the students took a shortcut to get there.  Busted!  And everyone enjoyed seeing that dropping a needle on lined paper leads to an approximation of Pi.

Perimeter/Area/Volume Graph paper, scissors, and tape is all it takes to explore the area of a parallelogram.  This lesson builds on the previous lesson on Pi, as we figure out the area of a circle.  We find out that Pi are squared...and we thought Pi are round!

Prime Numbers We are big believers in spending time on prime numbers--they are such critical building blocks for concepts like simplifying fractions.  There are many interesting prime number concepts to discuss, such as Goldbach's Conjecture (every even integer greater than 2 is the sum of two primes).  This lesson features some advanced content suitable for your most advanced students.

Fibonacci Sequence and Phi Get your pineapples, pine cones, and sunflowers ready!  Then we'll learn about the Fibonacci Sequence.  Which leads us to Phi, one of the most fascinating numbers in mathematics.  And, we'll end with a real wow!-- Fibonacci numbers and Phi are related to each other. 

Infinity We start with all the students trying to cross the classroom, going half the remaining distance each time.  Will they ever get to the other side, or are they condemned to an infinite number of steps.  And does .99999... really equal 1 or not?

Fractals This lesson was the most popular one we have offered, by far.  There's something about fractals that really attracts young minds. 

Beginning Calculus: Rate of Change  Calculus is all about the rate of change, and especially at a particular point in time.  We study how the velocity of a rocket changes over time as it ascends and descends, and calculate the instantaneous velocity at various flight points.  From the end of this lesson, it is a short step to the concept of the differential of a function.  We hope to add that lesson next year!

Additional 2011 Lessons

Beginning Geometry: Compass, Straightedge, and Protractor constructions.  We cover bisecting a line segment, and bisecting an angle. 

About Us

The teacher is a volunteer, Andy Klee. Andy was once an elementary school teacher, and has spent the last 30 years of his career working in the software industry. He has taught math to vocational college students and has been a math tutor in the Rio Rancho public schools.

Andy has been looking for a suitable outlet for his love of math, and Rio Rancho Math Camp is it!

Andy presently runs a software training company. Details are available at www.JDEtips.com and www.ERPtips.com. Andy's wife, Elise, is an acupuncturist. Andy and Elise moved to Rio Rancho from Cedaredge, Colorado in November, 2009.

Topology

Topology is often described as rubber sheet geometry. Topologists study those properties of shapes that remain the same when the shapes or surfaces are bent, stretched, twisted or otherwise deformed. Topology is full of interesting oddities. For example, the object pictured on the left—does it have an inside and an outside, or not?

Pythagorean Theorem plus Fermat's Last Theorem

You probably know that for a right triangle, a2 + b2 = c2. And you can probably figure out that the long side (the hypotenuse) of the triangle on the left is 5 units long. Can you find the next Pythagorean Triple—three whole numbers that work like 3, 4, 5? And find out why Fermat's Last Theorem baffled mathematicians for 300 years, until Andrew Wiles finally proved it—after working on it for seven years!

Pi

You already know that Pi has something to do with circles, right? Did you know that you can actually calculate the value of Pi yourself? We'll show you several ways to calculate Pi, including a method that will amaze you—repeatedly dropping a needle on a sheet of lined paper.

Perimeter/Area/Volume

Graph paper, a scissors, scotch tape, and a flash of inspiration is all it takes to figure out the area of a parallelogram. We'll cover squares, rectangles, triangles, and end up figuring out the area of a circle. Here's a hint: Pie are squared. And we always thought Pie are round!

Prime Numbers

If you know the first few prime numbers you'll be able to simplify almost any fraction quickly. Who was Eratosthenes, and what was his Sieve all about? And did you know that any even number is the sum of two primes? Find out all this and more as we take a deep dive into prime numbers.

Fibonacci Sequence and Phi

This topic explores amazing numerical patterns, including Fibonacci numbers. Fibonacci numbers follow the integer sequence 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, ... Can you see the pattern and predict what Fibonacci number comes after 55? Then we'll cover one of the most famous numbers in mathematics, Phi.

Infinity

What happens when you let a pattern go on forever? What happens when you add numbers again and again, forever and ever? In order to understand these questions and answer them, we need to understand infinity. It is not a number. It is a beautiful concept that will allow us to answer these questions as well as understand why 1=0.9999…

Fractals

You may know how to find the area and perimeter of a triangle, square, or rectangle. But there are many more interesting shapes to explore using our knowledge of these basic shapes. Keeping our notion of infinity in mind, we will discover some interesting facts about the area and perimeter of snowflake fractals.

Beginning Calculus: Rate of Change

Have you ever wondered how fast a car is moving at exactly one point in time? When you throw a ball, how fast does it fall? Does it ever speed up, or slow down? We will explore questions like these and find the answers by playing with rates of change.