Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the summer camp for?
It is intended for advanced high school students typically entering grades 11–12, though exceptional younger students will be considered. Students must be age 17 or younger on July 1, 2015. Applicants are expected to have taken some advanced courses in mathematics, science, or computer science. Mathematica is preferred but not a requirement.

Q: What happens at the summer camp?

It's a mixture of lectures, individual interactions with instructors, and homework. Each student is expected to do a small project in Mathematica, like creating a multi-step program involving several functions. Students will have the opportunity to publish Demonstrations of their work in the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. Check out what previous students did here!

Q: How much does the summer camp cost?

The Mathematica Summer Camp 2015 price is $2,070.00 and includes housing, meals, field trips, and tuition.

Q: Will I have a roommate at Mathematica Summer Camp?

Yes, you will be housed with at least one fellow Mathematica Summer Camp student. The rooms and suites will be divided by gender.

Q: What is free time used for?

During this time you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of activities around campus and enjoy a field trip.

Q: What should you bring to camp?

  • Clothes for two weeks including socks and underwear, T-shirts, shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes for activities
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries, shower shoes
  • Camera (optional)
  • Wireless laptop with United States–compatible power adapter
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Notebook, pens/pencils/folder
  • Sunblock
  • Towels
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Spending money for souvenirs, coin-operated laundry and detergent, vending machine snacks, etc.

Q: Does The Mathematica Summer Camp accept international students?

Yes. We have accepted several students from all over the world. All students must be age 17 or younger on July 1, 2015, to be eligible for this program.

Q: Do students need to have computers?

Every student at the summer camp needs to bring a reliable wireless-enabled laptop that meets the requirements for running Mathematica. Windows, Macintosh, and Linux are all acceptable. International students must bring a US-compatible power supply for their laptops. Mathematica will be provided.

Q: Where is the summer camp held?

The location for the Mathematica Summer Camp 2015 will be Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Q: How long is the summer camp?

The Mathematica Summer Camp is 12 days long. Students arrive on the afternoon of Sunday, July 5 by 6pm and check into dorms before having dinner together. The program officially begins on Monday, July 6 and concludes on Friday, July 17.

Q: What criteria are used in selecting students?

We're looking for people for whom the summer camp will provide relevant experience in their subject interests and can help launch them into working more closely with Mathematica in their regular classwork and projects. We like to see evidence of an ability to understand mathematics, science, and technology at an advanced high school level and an interest in using Mathematica in future endeavors in high school and beyond.

Q: How many students participate in the entire program?

We are expecting approximately 30 participants in 2015.

Q: Who chaperones the Mathematica Summer Camp?

A team of Wolfram Education experts will be running the Mathematica Summer Camp. This team will include Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Residence Assistants.

Q: What if there is a medical emergency while at camp?

In case of a medical problem or other emergency, we will notify the parents or guardians immediately, while at the same time prompt medical attention will be administered as required.

Q: Is financial assistance available?

Assistance may be available for students with financial need. Students may apply for financial assistance after acceptance into our program.

Q: What travel arrangements are needed to get to the Mathematica Summer Camp?

The majority of students fly into Boston Logan International Airport. We will have staff at the airport to make sure students board our free shuttle bus from the airport to Bentley University. Students may also be driven directly to the campus by their parents. In some cases, students have used a train or bus to get to the airport and take our shuttle to campus. We work with each individual student and their parents to ensure they arrive and are accounted for on check-in day. Parents will receive cellphone numbers for the Mathematica Summer Camp staff to confirm their student's arrival.