The Irvine Area Math Modeling program (IAMM) prepares students from participating local high schools for the international High School Mathematics Contest in Modeling (HiMCM).
During the fall, students participate in weekly training meetings at their schools and compete in the HiMCM. Through the training and contest participation, students learn mathematics techniques not normally found in the high school curriculum. They are also taught about writing in the sciences and have an opportunity to work on real world, open-ended, applied problems. After the competition, UCI hosts a Modeling Workshop for the high school students in which they get to share their contest models and hear about some actual math modeling research of UCI faculty.
In the HiMCM competition results of fall 2011, IAMM students did admirably well with 5 teams named Regional Outstanding, 10 teams named Meritorious and 10 teams granted Honorable Mention.
The goals of the IAMM program are to get a large number of young students involved in mathematics outside the classroom and to give students the opportunity to explore STEM careers early in their education
The IAMM program was funded this year by a Dolciani Grant from the Mathematical Association of America and by the Nicholas Endowment.
For more information please contact Sarah Eichhorn at firstname.lastname@example.org.