UC Irvine Math CEO program is committed to offering free enrichment activities in mathematics for middle school students in underserved communities, and creating free educational material to be used in classrooms around the world. An essential goal of our program is to encourage students in low income, minority communities in Southern California to pursue a college degree in Mathematics, Science or related fields through a solid foundation and adequate planning.
The program started successfully as a pilot program in the 2014-15 school year. We worked with more than 30 students from Lathrop Intermediate School in nearby Santa Ana in 16 Math Circle meetings of mathematical explorations on topics such as algebra, counting, number theory and geometry. The students also took part in a day-long field trip to UC Irvine to learn about the diverse activities taking place on a college campus first-hand. The program also reached out to Lathrop students' parents by hosting an evening parents meeting on preparation for college education.
In the 2015-2016 school year, the program expanded to include both Lathrop Intermediate and another Santa Ana middle school: Villa Fundamental Intermediate. The program ran 24 weekly Math Circle meetings on the campus of UC Irvine for over 100 students from Lathrop and Villa Intermediate on Wednesday afternoons after-school. The program also hosted the students and their parents for a day-long field trip to UC Irvine and ran an evening college workshop for students and parents at both Lathrop and Villa Intermediate.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the program continued by again providing interesting and fun math activities to over 100 students from both Lathrop Intermediate and Villa Fundamental during afterschool meetings on the UC Irvine campus. Family nights were held at both schools to inform parents about college entrance and students visited UC Irvine on a field trip to experience a day in the life of a college campus.
Goals of the Program
Inspire and support the interest in mathematics of middle school students from nearby communities who might not otherwise have access to math enrichment activities.
Impart the mathematical foundations and critical thinking skills required for students to successfully pursue a college education and a career in STEM areas.
Instill the desire in these young achievers and their families for a college education and share college access information and financial aid opportunities.