Thirty-three extremely intelligent high school students gathered at Bentley University July 7-19 to participate in our second annual Mathematica Summer Camp. The program lasted two weeks, and within this small window of time, students created their very own Mathematica projects. At the end of the camp, students presented these projects to their peers, camp instructors, and Stephen Wolfram. Projects ranged from games created in Mathematica to a Demonstration of the “Wavefunction and Probability Density of a Coupled Quantum Harmonic Oscillator.” These projects will be posted to the Wolfram Demonstrations Project here, adding to the great work of those from 2012!
Throughout the camp, students had the opportunity to not only learn the Wolfram Language, but also to continue to discover new things about mathematics. This year they took one-week courses in Bayesian statistics and tilings. They also had guest speakers on a nightly basis who discussed solving polynomials of higher degrees, Wolfram|Alpha, the Wolfram Calculator, image processing, Wolfram Community, and careers!
Although students spent a great deal of time on academics and their projects, we also had lots of fun! We made sure to take a break from computers and engage in group activities, ranging from the human knot to photo scavenger hunts to acting out different machines. We also took the weekend to explore a couple of cool places in the Boston area. On Saturday we visited the Museum of Science, and on Sunday we had the opportunity to go to the deCordova Sculpture Museum.
Students had a great experience and went home with a new toolbox of skills and knowledge. If you are interested in Mathematica Summer Camp 2014, stay tuned to mathematicacamp.org for updates!