## Outreach

Contact UsAsghar Ghorbanpour

E-mail: aghorba@uwo.ca

Phone: 519.661.2111 x.86540

# Highlights of Western Summer Math Camp 2021

In 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 29 grade nine students participated in a virtual math camp with Western Univeristy's Mathematics department. The camp ran from **July 27-29, 2021.**

This year we will deliver the Math Camp virtually and we have organized the program from July 27-29. Over these three days, a series of talks will be delivered by experienced academics, and individual and team Math competitions will be held. Three contests are part of the competitions: enigmatic mornings, cryptographic challenge, and Indianapolis 900. A total of ten students will be awarded prizes for their combined scores from all camp contests. For more information and a schedule, please see the attached documents in the welcome packet.

**Highlights of the event:**

**Math Talks**

Every day, three talks—two before noon and one after noon—will be delivered by mathematicians, including mathematics professors, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. Details can be found in the attached schedule. A wide range of topics will be covered, from financial math to geometry, from game theory to big data and cryptography.

Students with 9th grade mathematics knowledge will be able to follow the talks, and the only requirement is that they engage and participate in the activities suggested by the speakers.

**Crypto Crunch: Team Session & Help for Cryptographic Challenge **

Crypto Crunch (the team session) is scheduled after lunch. Be sure to check your email inboxes each afternoon— *beginning Monday—*for the first instruction set to each day’s challenge. You need to crack your first code and prepare for your team session in advance. In the welcome package, you will find an overview of the contest.

** Math Competitions **

Math competitions are the other part of this year's Math Camp. Three contests will be held every three days of the camp: enigmatic mornings, cryptographic challenges, and the Indianapolis 900.

**The Winners**

The students with the highest total scores of all three competitions have received prizes.

**We want to thank the wonderful volunteers (listed below) that helped make Math Camp 2021 such a success!**

- Mayecxiliana Montoya, PhD Candidate
- Udit Ajit Mavinkurve, PhD Candidate
- Mohabat Tarkeshian, PhD Candidate
- Michelle Hatzel, Undergraduate student
- Amar Venga, Undergraduate student
- Saranya Varakuan, Undergraduate student

Organizer: Asghar Ghorbanpour