About the Mathletes Program
The FGCU Mathletes summer camp is a program for bright and talented middle school students interested in investigating concepts in mathematics that are not usually introduced at the middle school level. The program focuses on improving problem solving abilities, strengthening communication skills and developing collaboration and leadership skills. The setup of the program will provide an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for middle school students to enhance their mathematical interests through early experience and exposure to STEM related careers. Participants will meet professionals in the field of mathematics, computer science, chemistry and engineering.
Summer 2017 Information
Location and Date: Florida Gulf Coast University. Monday, July 31st, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017 Full Day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Acceptance and non-acceptance letters will be mailed by May 15th, 2017.
All students entering 7th and 8th grades in 2017-2018 school year are invited to apply for the program.
We accept applications until May 1st, 2017. However, our program may be filled before the application deadline as we do admissions on a rolling basis. We highly encourage you to fill out online application and send in all your application materials early, as enrollment is limited to 30 openings.
2017 Summer Camp Guest Speakers
Dr. John Woolschlager is the the Backe Chair, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Director of the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), and Director of Engineering Graduate programs at FGCU U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering.
Dr. Woolschlager used to be the Director of the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University (SLU) which offers sustainability-focused graduate degrees and serves as a catalyst for developing sustainability research across all of SLU. Under Dr. Woolschlager's leadership, the Center for Sustainability doubled its fulltime equivalent students, developed significant funded research, added new faculty positions, and created new academic programs. Dr. Woolschlager joined SLU as the Founding Chair of Civil Engineering in 2010 and he led that department through its initial ABET accreditation. Dr. Woolschlager held prior faculty appointments at Arizona State University and the University of North Florida.
Dr. Woolschlager has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. He has been involved with over three million dollars of collaborative funding, supporting his research focus on the analysis and modeling of environmental processes. Some examples of his projects include the neural-network optimization of urban drinking water systems to improve water quality and save energy; process optimization of wastewater treatment plants to achieve nutrient pollution reduction and reduce energy consumption; applied research addressng global energy and sanitation issues in developing nations; and analysis of regional sustainability issues using advanced GIS modeling tools to create smarter, more energy efficient and sustainable cities. (Mr. Hegy made the presentation)
Prof. Yusnier Viera earned the nickname "The Human Calendar" because of his amazing skills for calculating the day of the week for any date. He correctly identified up to 93 weekdays for past and future dates in one minute. This world record appeared in the "Guinness World Record Book," 2014 edition. On October 31st, 2015 Yusnier broke his own record by calculating 111 dates in one minute. He also holds the record for calculating 365 dates of the current year in 161.37 seconds and the record for calculating 20 dates of the current century (2000-2099) in 8.05 seconds.
Viera's abilities in mental calculation have given him the opportunity to participate in the Mental Calculation World Cup where he has won one gold, and two silver medals, while also placing 4th overall in the mental calculation world rankings (he is recognized as #1 in America).
Viera is a highly sought out speaker, inspiring and educating students and teachers around the country about the importance of math in life. His mission is to help people understand that math can be fun and to show them the best techniques in order to improve their math skills.
In his early career, Viera was nominated International Ambassador for "World Math Day" because of his influential contributions to mental calculation.
Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney is an associate professor and program leader for the Department of Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the consulting forensic anthropologist for eight (8) Florida Medical Examiner Districts. Heather has supervised 22 graduate students (over the span of 8 years) and been the principle investigator for over 500 forensic anthropology cases. Dr. Walsh-Haney is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 FGCU Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Emerging Forensic Scientist Award and the Ruth O. McQuown Fellowship. She has published, presented her work and testified in criminal prosecutions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and Bermuda.