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aStar Online Courses Available

Star League is offering aStar courses online in both Math and Computer Science. Online courses have the same curriculum and class material as the physical courses. The following aStar courses are available in Fall semester:

See the course pages for details including registration and services provided to the students enrolled in the course.

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aStar Master Classes for Orange County and Bay Area

Master Classes are Free but Invitational! It prepares individuals and teams for some of the most prestigious middle school and high school math competitions such as Harvard MIT Math Tournament, Berkeley mini Math Tournament, MathCounts, AMC 8/10/12, AIME.
In the past, A-Star teams have ranked 1st place at CHMMC (four times), 1st place at PUMaC, and 2nd place at HMMT (twice). Please see the achievement page on our website for more details about past results.

== Orange County ==
Fermat Master Class (Grades 6-8)
Gauss Master Class (Grades 9-12)
Instructor: Mehmet Kaysi
Number of Sessions: 10
Tuition: Free (by invitation only)

== Bay Area ==
Fermat Master Class (Grades 6-8)
Gauss Master Class (Grades 9-12)
Instructor: Dr. Ali Gurel
Number of Sessions: 10
Tuition: Free (by invitation only)

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Math Prize for Girls 2016 Results

Eighth annual Math Prize for Girls contest was held on September 10th 2015 at MIT  with 274 girls participating from across US and Canada. Qi Qi, a 12th grader from Phillips Exeter Academy got 1stplace, aStar alumnae Catherine Wu got 2nd place. They got same scores and shared $41,000. Also aStar alumnus Rionna Flynn got 10th place.

Congratulations to all participants!

More information and the list of top scoring students can be found at:

2016 aStar Summer Math & CS Camp Highlights

Last  summer aStar had almost 600 students attended in Math & CS summer camps at four different locations. Besides Santa Clara and Orange County, for the first time aStar held math & cs camps in Greater Boston Area.

Some highlights from camps are as follows:

  • Math camps offered three weeks of intense math classes that covered Algebra/Analysis, Number Theory/Combinatorics and Geometry topics.
  • CS camps offered two/three weeks of intense CS classes from Introduction to Programming to USACO Platinum levels.
  • Everyday, there were six hours of lectures led by aStar instructors, former olympians, experienced teachers and nation wide/international various competition medalists.
  • Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Yusuf Aytar from Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT gave a guest lecture on Artificial Intelligence and the Age of Information.
  • Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Umut Eser from Dept. of Genetics, Harvard University gave a guest lecture on Artificial Intelligence for Genomics and Medicine.
  • Many different team activities, individual tournaments and challenging contests were held during the day that helped to increase student motivation and team spirits.
  • Weekend fun and educational trips were organized for residential students.

We believe that overall student performance was great and students’ motivation, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm were remarkably increased at the end of the camps.

As aStar team, we would like to thank our instructors for their tremendous efforts during the camp.


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Three Golds and a Silver from U.S. Team at IOI

Four member U.S. Team won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 28th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) which was held in Kazan, Russia this year. Daniel Chiu (aStar summer camp faculty) got gold medal second time. Other team members Lawrence Li (aStar alumnus) and Dhruv Rohatgi won also gold medals whereas Calvin Lee (aStar alumnus) got silver medal. You can check the details at http://ioi2016.ru/.


U.S. Wins First Place at IMO in Hong Kong

For the second year in a row, the U.S. team won first place at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Hong Kong, July 6-16. The winning U.S. team score was 214 out of a possible 252, ahead of the Republic of Korea (207) and China (204).

Members of the winning 2016 U.S. team were Ankan Bhattacharya (aStar Alumnus), Michael Kural, Allen Liu, Junyao Peng, Ashwin Sah (aStar Alumnus), and Yuan Yao, all of whom were awarded gold medals for their individual scores. Team members Liu and Yao each earned perfect test scores. The team was accompanied by Loh and deputy coach Razvan Gelca, professor of mathematics and statistics at Texas Tech University.

To read more please visit: http://www.maa.org/news/us-wins-first-place-at-international-mathematics-competition-in-hong-kong

(*this article is adapted from maa.org)