The Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS) celebrates 25 years of serving talented children by awarding $25,000 in a mix of scholarships to enroll in its online courses or to attend its South Florida after-school program. From humble beginnings of just 37 students in Plantation, Florida, IMACS has grown to include four South Florida learning centers and serves more than 4,500 students throughout the United States and in more than 15 countries.

IMACS President, Terry Kaufman, attributes the institute's longevity and growth to parents' concerns about education. "Many of our local families, as well as our online students, are actively looking for ways to develop the critical thinking skills needed in a rapidly modernizing world, and they are not finding that through traditional means," Kaufman said. "At IMACS, our goal is for students to become better thinkers and problem solvers for the rest of their lives, not just for the next standardized test."

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the sixth largest district in the US, recognizes the advantages of IMACS' approach. In 2015, BCPS selected the institute’s Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) online program as full-time curriculum for its top middle school math students. EMF covers pre-algebra through precalculus plus several university-level topics with depth and rigor that far exceeds traditional gifted math programs. Barrington 220 School District in Illinois recently became the second public school district to license EMF for its gifted students.

"EMF teaches very advanced mathematical concepts, yet the presentation and problem sets are designed in a way that allows middle school kids to learn the material online," noted Maxim Chekmasov, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and whose son Andrei is in the program.

IMACS' focus on logical thinking and creative problem-solving has produced results for its graduates. Many go on to excel at top universities of their choice, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Caltech, and pursue careers in fields as varied as technology, medicine, engineering, law and academia.

IMACS classes and online courses challenge students by ability level, not by age. Online courses are self-paced and accessible 24/7 so that students can work at their individual pace and at times that fit their schedule. Local students are placed into appropriately challenging classes and moved up as they demonstrate mastery.

**Scholarship Raffles**

IMACS will raffle off 20 scholarships to enroll in the EMF Pre-Algebra Plus online course and five scholarships to enroll in an eIMACS university-level course in computer science or mathematical logic.

On each Tuesday from July 25th to September 5th, IMACS will randomly select winners from among students who score at least 30 on the EMF Aptitude Test or attain a qualifying score on the eIMACS Aptitude Test in the seven days prior to a raffle drawing. Parents may register for the EMF Aptitude Test at www.emfmath.com and for the eIMACS Aptitude Test at www.eimacs.com.

To be entered in a scholarship raffle for local classes, prospective South Florida students must attend a free IMACS placement class any time between August 7th and September 30th. Parents may schedule a placement class by calling IMACS at 954.791.2333 or by reserving their spot at www.imacs.org.

Raffles for online courses are open to new students only. Limit one entry per student. Online winners will be notified by email, so be sure to check the email account you used when registering.

**October 2nd Winners**

Ahana T, Math Enrichment

Armaan G, Math Enrichment

**September 25th Winners**

Lukas L, Math Enrichment

Noah K, Math Enrichment

**Prior Winners**

Abigail D, Math Enrichment

Adam R, Math Enrichment

Aiden Z, Math Enrichment

Alan M, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Alex E, eIMACS Logic for Mathematics I

Andrea D, Math Enrichment

Andrew A, Math Enrichment

Anjali S, Math Enrichment

Anna K, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Antonio C, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Brent T, Math Enrichment

Brielle S, Math/Computer Enrichment

Caleb S, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Danielle M, Math Enrichment

Denitsa Z, Math Enrichment

Dhava N, Math Enrichment

Elijah R, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Erin S, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Ethan D, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Evan J, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

James M, eIMACS University Computer Science I

James R, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Jesse T, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Joanna B, eIMACS University Computer Science I

Jojo K, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Lance G, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Leo S, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Levi G, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Logan G, eIMACS University Computer Science I

Lucia M, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Luke S, Math Enrichment

Malachi C, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Natalia M, Math Enrichment

Nathan H, Math Enrichment

Pedro M, Math Enrichment

Roberto F, Computer Enrichment

Sam M, eIMACS University Computer Science I

Sebastian L, Math Enrichment

Sohail H, Math Enrichment

Sophia R, Math Enrichment

Spencer B, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Tyson R, Math Enrichment

Varsha S, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Vrishak V, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus

Wyatt C, EMF Pre-Algebra Plus