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Math Olympiad in Charlottesville

Math Olympiad for Elementary School (grades 4, 5, and 6)
Saturdays 12:30 to 1:20, ending March 31. 20 lessons for $495.
Advanced third graders are also welcome.

Math Olympiad for Middle School (grades 6,7, and 8)
Saturdays 1:30 to 2:20, ending March 31. 20 lessons for $495.
Advanced fifth graders are also welcome.

An experienced instructor teaches mini-lessons on topics commonly found in Math Olympiad contests and leads students in solving carefully selected practice problems. Your child may try to solve a sample contest from Elementary Division (grades 4-6) and Middle School Division (grades 6-8) here. The ideal candidate for the class can solve at least the first or second problem independently and is able to understand a solution to the rest of the problems.

During the program, your child will be participating in the contests from Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS®). MOEMS is a nonprofit public foundation that provides opportunities for children to engage in creative problem-solving activities, which develop a child’s ability to reason, be logical, be resourceful, and occasionally be ingenious.

The tentative dates for the MOEMS contests are: (1) Friday, December 8, 2023, from 6:00 to 6:30, (2) Friday, January 5, 2024, from 6:00 to 6:30, (3) Saturday, February 2, 2024, from 6:00 to 6:30, (4) Friday, March 1, 2024, from 6:00 to 6:30, and (5) Friday, March 29, 2024, from 6:00 to 6:30.

The Olympiad goals for your child's participation in the contests are:

  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics
  • To introduce mathematical concepts
  • To teach strategies for problem-solving
  • To develop mathematical flexibility
  • To strengthen mathematical intuition
  • To foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of solving challenges
  • To develop an appreciation of mathematics

Like most worthwhile goals, there is no easy road to becoming a capable problem solver. One must recognize that this may take considerable time and effort to realize. The more time and effort invested, the more one is likely to learn.

Your child will practice regularly during the regularly scheduled classes in preparation for five monthly Olympiad contests. Being able to solve a difficult problem is one of the most satisfying experiences one may have. On the other hand, struggling with a difficult problem should indicate to your child that they have found something worthwhile and new to learn. This should be viewed as a challenge and an opportunity to grow.

Learning how to solve a problem and understanding its underlying mathematical concepts are the most important goals of mathematics education.

Your encouragement and recognition of the importance of the Olympiad goals will help your child enjoy the Olympiad program as well as make progress in becoming a problem solver.

Enrichment and tutoring in Math and Computing for any student who wants to learn.
Led by Ana Nora Evans in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Blue Ridge Boost
2171 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Email: nora@blueridgeboost.com
Phone: ‪(434) 260-0636