Starts On

October 10, 2022

Registration

OPEN

Duration

Online

12 weeks

45'-2h/week

Program Fee

$300/semester, or

Free 

for Members*


Math for the Champions! Are you ready to take your Math skills to the next level? Prepare for competition? This class is for you.

We teach kids Math while preparing them for a real-world contest: the MK2023 test will take place in March 2023.

What kids say about our class

Hundreds of Romanian American and Canadian kids, from Quebec to Florida to California and Washington, go through RUF's classes every year. In 2022, we have 12 registered teachers, 2 teacher coordinators, and 10 weekly Kangaroo Math classes!

We teach fun and engaging Mathematics to kids that are ready to think out of the box while preparing for the annual Kangaroo Math, an annual international Mathematics competition. Millions of children around the world participate in Kangaroo every March.

 


Who should join this class:

  • Competitive Students who ❤️Math
    • We currently offer classes for 6-14 year olds (1st - 8th grade)
    • We are looking for teachers capable to teach 9-10th grade as well
  • Awesome Math 📈Teachers 👋

We are here to show you that MATH = FUN.

We encourage academic excellence in mathematics and prepare students to compete in the Kangaroo Math contest. The contest problems are provocative, require a great deal of attention and creative thinking, and cover interesting mathematical concepts. They aim to show the beauty of mathematics and, thus, increase the appreciation of mathematics. We believe many children are not challenged enough in the school system. This is why we offer mathematics enrichment programs accessible to all children. Even challenging mathematics can be taught in an interesting and fun way!

In this class, we learn how to think. We learn how to learn. We learn how to tackle any problem.

What you will learn:

We would like to underline that the problems and subjects in Kangaroo Math are presented in a fun and engaging fashion, that engages the child's mind at a higher logical level while preserving the interest in the subject.

The Kangaroo curriculum includes relatively advanced Mathematical concepts that exceed what is learned in class. The following concepts will be introduced, not only for the older kids but also for younger ones:

  • Logical deduction, induction, and formal reasoning techniques
  • Discrete Mathematics (number theory, counting, sets, and probabilities)
  • Plan and three-dimensional geometry (not usually treated elsewhere)
  • Basic combinatorics
  • Equations and systems of equations
  • Our problems do not include any Calculus or Precalculus topics

Program highlights:

  • Our competition curriculum is highly engaging, non-repetitive, and very different from school Math
  • Our battery of Math Kangaroo tests focuses on logical, out of the box critical thinking
  • You will gain real-world problem-solving skills
  • You will make new friends and have a little bit of fun
  • Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from RUF recognizing your success

Curriculum: Kangaroo Math 1-8 Grade Competition Level. Class groups are roughly matching grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.

Trust us, this Math is fun, you will find it both challenging and engaging.


Timeframe: Jan 15 - April 15 (12 sessions)

Starts On

October 10, 2022

Registration

OPEN

Duration

Online

12 weeks

45'-2h/week

Program Fee

$300/semester, or

Free 

for Members*

* days of week subject to change

Register Here

Meet the Teacher(s)

 

Ligia Apostoaia

First and Second Grade
Ligia’s charity involvement began at a very young age, helping her family foundation with the distribution of humanitarian aid to the families in need in the area immediately. Today she continues to do what she is most passionate about: doing good.
Laura Bercean

Third and Fourth Grade
Laura lives in Key West with her family, including her 3 children Andrei, Thea, and Nyssa. Laura has been working with SOS Mission, a nonprofit focused on helping homeless people and poor families. She believes all Romanians should work together.
Julia Laine

Fifth and Sixth Grade
Ioana returns to RUF this semester, in her second year of teaching. She lives in Tampa, Florida with her two kids and her husband. She believes teaching should be fun and engaging and she is super proud to be one of the first RUF Math Teachers.
Mihai Lehene

Seventh and Eighth Grade
Mihai has been teaching Mathematics and Computer Science as a volunteer for 7 years. As a teenager in Romania, he grew up loving Mathematics and going to national competitions, where his teachers inspired him and changed his life forever. Today, he dedicates his life to educating and inspiring people, especially young kids, to be the best version of themselves, by learning something new every day.
Mirela Birta

First and Second Grade
As a child growing up in Romania, she often accompanied her mother to help children with special needs at a local orphanage and neighborhood school.These experiences later influenced her to co-found Spera Foundation to help underprivileged children to continue their education. She grew up loving mathematics. Today she continues to provide opportunities to children to continue their education and achieve academic excellence, and ultimately make a positive impact in their communities.
Alex Turik

Fifth and Sixth Grade
Alex grew up with math. When he was a little kid his Dad, who is a mathematician himself, instead of reading him bedtime stories used to put him to sleep by reading him long probability and statistics problems. Alex loves sharing his passion of math with kids and bringing math to life by mixing math with real life situations. He has 3 kids and he enjoys playing mental math games with them while they ride in a car. 
  • Each set of problems that we will be solving is split into 3 categories: easy, medium, difficult. Therefore, everyone will be able to solve at least some of the problems every time. Kangaroo problems are mostly logical, and they do not require any specific method. This being said, we will not repeat what is being taught in class. Our teaching will focus on the ability to solve real-world problems.

  • We will be using the last 25 years of Kangaroo tests, for the 3-4 grade level. Each test is split into 3 categories: easy, medium, difficult (3,4, and 5 point problems). A demo set of what these problems look like can be found here.

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