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Winter Math Camps

Overview

A-Star Winter Math Camp is a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to improve their math skills during winter break before the upcoming competition season.  As the MathCounts and American Mathematics Competitions sequence is fast approaching, the camp will give the students a boosting opportunity to review the materials, practice and master their problem solving skills and learn exam strategies. It is a day camp which consists of lecture review, problem solving, and practice exam and strategy sessions.

Students are guided and trained by an expert faculty via utilizing national and international competitions in a fun and challenging environment. Lectures are given by A-Star Faculty and other instructors who have participation/training experience in national/international math competitions and Olympiads such as USA Math Olympiads (USAMO) and the International Math Olympiads (IMO).

 

Bay Area

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Dates

December 26th - December 31st

Location

445 S Mary Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Registration and Payment

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Deadlines and Fees

Fee

$950; Includes lunch, 6 days

Registration Periods

  On or before
Early Bird* Nov 1st
Regular Dec 1st
Late Registration** Till registrations closed
  • * $50 Discount
  • ** $50 Late Fee

Discounts

Star League Student Special* $50 OFF
Achievement** $50 OFF
Sibling (per child) $25 OFF
USA(J)MO Qualifier*** $400 OFF
  • * $50 OFF of the regular fee if the student has participated in A-STAR courses/programs since June 2016.
  • ** One of the following achievements in 2015-2016 academic year:
    1. PiMC individual award,
    2. AMC 8 distinguished honor roll,
    3. MathCounts state finals - in top 25% of individuals,
    4. AIME qualifier,
    5. USACO Platinum contestant
  • ***$400 off the regular fee if the student is USA(J)MO qualifier at the time of registration. It cannot be combined with any other discount.

Discounts are valid only during Regular Registration Period. Select sibling discount for each student including the first one. You can also select "Sibling Discount" if the same student is registering for multiple courses excluding online courses and Training Classes. If you select USAMO Qualifier discount you may not claim any other discount. All discounts are subject to verification and revocation.

Camp Schedule

Typical daily schedule will be as follows:

8:30-9:00 Student drop-off
9:00-12:15 Math classes
12:15-1:45 Lunch (will be provided)
1:45-5:00 Math classes
5:00-5:30 Student pick-up
 
 
 

December 31st, daily schedule is as follows:

8:30-9:00 Student drop-off
9:00-12:15 Exams & solutions
12:15-1:45 Lunch (will be provided)
1:45-2:30 Award Ceremony
2:30-3:00 Student pick-up

 

Orange County

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Dates

December 26th - December 31st

Location

TBA

Registration and Payment

Please click on the course to register:

Deadlines and Fees

Fee

$950; Includes lunch, 6 days

Registration Periods

  On or before
Early Bird* Nov 1st
Regular Dec 1st
Late Registration** Till registrations closed
  • * $50 Discount
  • ** $50 Late Fee

Discounts

Star League Student Special* $50 OFF
Achievement** $50 OFF
Sibling (per child) $25 OFF
USA(J)MO Qualifier*** $400 OFF
  • * $50 OFF of the regular fee if the student has participated in A-STAR courses/programs since June 2016.
  • ** One of the following achievements in 2015-2016 academic year:
    1. PiMC individual award,
    2. AMC 8 distinguished honor roll,
    3. MathCounts state finals - in top 25% of individuals,
    4. AIME qualifier,
    5. USACO Platinum contestant
  • ***$400 off the regular fee if the student is USA(J)MO qualifier at the time of registration. It cannot be combined with any other discount.

Discounts are valid only during Regular Registration Period. Select sibling discount for each student including the first one. You can also select "Sibling Discount" if the same student is registering for multiple courses excluding online courses and Training Classes. If you select USAMO Qualifier discount you may not claim any other discount. All discounts are subject to verification and revocation.

Camp Schedule

Typical daily schedule will be as follows:

8:30-9:00 Student drop-off
9:00-12:15 Math classes
12:15-1:00 Lunch (will be provided)
1:00-1:45 Team Activities
1:45-5:00 Math classes
5:00-5:30 Student pick-up

December 31st, daily schedule is as follows:

8:30-9:00 Student drop-off
9:00-12:15 Exams & solutions
12:15-1:00 Lunch (will be provided)
1:00-1:45 Team Activities
1:45-2:30 Award Ceremony
2:30-3:00 Student pick-up

Levels and Curriculum

Curriculum: Number Theory, Algebra/Analysis, Geometry, and Combinatorics topics will be reviewed with practice problems.
The last day of the camp will be devoted to practice exams, exam review and strategies.

In the camp, students are equipped with necessary background in lectures and trained with different types of problems to master various problem solving techniques. The classes are problem solving-based whose curriculum is aligned with prestigious national and international competitions. They provide a motivational and challenging environment for students.

Levels: There are five levels at the camp: Pre-MathCount, MathCounts/AMC-8, AMC 10/12, AIME, and USAJMO/USAMO.
During the camp, adjustments can be made to the level (depending on space availability) if A-Star Faculty and student agrees that a different level would be more beneficial for the student. Below is a short description for levels. Please check http://mathcounts.org/ and http://amc.maa.org/ for more information about these competitions.

  • Pre-MathCounts: For students in Grades 4-6 who are good at school math
  • MathCounts/AMC-8: For students who can already solve a dozen problems in MathCounts or AMC-8 competitions.
  • AMC 10/12: For students who can solve a dozen problems in AMC-10 or AMC-12 competitions.
  • AIME: For students who feel comfortable with AMC10/12 competitions and can solve a few problems in AIME
  • USAJMO/USAMO: For students who feel comfortable with USAJMO/USAMO qualification and want to improve their math levels on proof problems and proof writing.

Assessment Tests

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Faculty and Guest Lecturers in 2016

Faculty

BAY AREA

Dr. Ali Gurel

Ali Gurel, Ph.D. (Bay Area Math Coordinator)

- USA Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) Instructor, 2007-2012
- American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 8, 10,12) Advisory Panel Member
- Ph.D., Mathematics, Caltech, 2008
- Scott Russell Johnson Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Caltech, 2007
- International Mathematical Olympiad (1996 Silver)

jafar-jafarov

Jafar Jafarov

- PhD Program, Mathematics, Stanford University
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2005 HM, 2006 Silver, 2007 Bronze)
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (2007 Gold)
- International Mathematical Olympiad - Deputy Leader of Azerbaijan team (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

ali-erdem-ersozAli E. Ersoz
- 20 years of experience in Gifted Math Teaching
- 10 years of MathCounts Coaching
- California fully credentialed Math teacher

richard spenceRichard Spence

- MIT Class of 2016, majoring in Mathematics w/ CS
- USAMO qualifier (2010)
- Natl. "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" qualifier (2011, 2012)
- Perfect score on AMC 10 (2009)
- 2011 Natl. Scrabble Championship winner (Div. 2).

Justin Stevens Dr. Ali Gurel

- Author of the paper for Olympiad Students, Olympiad Number Theory Through Challenging Problems
- 4 time AIME Qualifier
- Mathcounts National Qualifier (2012)
- SMT Top 5 Algebra (2014), Top 10 General (2013)
- Nevada Prize Exam in Mathematics, District Winner (2014), State Winner (2015)
- Amateur Guitar and Basketball Player

 Jane Ahn jane ahn

- A-Star Summer Math Camp Instructor (2016)
- MOP Qualifier (2016)
- USA(J)MO Qualifier (2015, 2016)
- AMC 10 [8] Perfect Scorer (2015, [2011, 2012])
- Math Prize for Girls Honorable Mention (2014 - 2016)
- BAMO Third Place Winner (2016)

 Bill Huang bill-huang2

- Princeton University Class of 2019, Mathematics
- IMO medalist, CMO (3rd), 4x USA(J)MO qualifier
- AMC 10 perfect, AMC 12 state winner, PUMaC (1st combo)
- IOL medalist, IOAA medalist
- USACO gold, USAPhO golds

Qingyue Wu qingyue-wu

-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2020
-MOSP 2014
-USA[J]MO x4 ([2013], 2014-2016)
-IPhO Silver 2015 (Team Canada)
-USAPhO Gold x3 (2014-2016)
-Cryptography hobbyist

Tiancheng Qin tiancheng-qin2

- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MOP 2014
- AMC 10 Perfect Scorer
- ARML 1st Place Team
- USA(J)MO Qualifier 2013-2016

Wanlin Li wanlin-li

- AMC10 [8] perfect scorer (2016, [2013])
- MathCounts Nationals qualifier (2014)
- Math Prize for Girls tenth place (2015)
- USAJMO winner (2016)
- MOP qualifier (2016)

ORANGE COUNTY

 

mehmet-kaysi

Mehmet Kaysi

- American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Problem Writing Committee, 2011-2014
- Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad - USA Team Leader, 2013
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – Academic Assistant, 2012
- International Mathematical Olympiad, 2004
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, 2004 (Silver)

 

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Haoqin (Jamie Gu) Gu

- UC Berkeley Class of 2020, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
- University High School (Irvine) Math Club President (2015-2016)
- USAMO Qualifier (2015, 2016)
- USAPhO Semifinalist (2015)
- CHMMC 3rd place team (2015)
- Math Day at the Beach 1st place team (2015, 2016)
- ARML 3rd place team (2015)
- Online Math Open 1st place team (spring 2016)


michelle chen

Michelle Chen

- Harvard Class of 2020
- USAMO Qualifier (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
- USAPhO Bronze, Silver Medalist (2014, 2015)
- USNCO Semifinalist (2014, 2015)
- Math Prize for Girls 6th Place (2015)
- ARML 3rd place team (2015)
- Coca-Cola Scholar (2016)

larry zhang2

Larry Zhang

- Harvard Class of 2018, Computer Science
- USAMO Qualifier (2012-2013)
- USAJMO Qualifier (2010)
- MathCounts Southern California Champion (2010)
- USA Physics Olympiad Bronze Medalist 2012-2014
- Southern California ARML Co-Captain

Faculty and Guest Lecturers in 2015

Faculty

LAS VEGAS

Dr. Ali Gurel

Ali Gurel, Ph.D. (Bay Area Math Coordinator)

- USA Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) Instructor, 2007-2012
- American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 8, 10,12) Advisory Panel Member
- Ph.D., Mathematics, Caltech, 2008
- Scott Russell Johnson Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Caltech, 2007
- International Mathematical Olympiad (1996 Silver)

jafar-jafarov

Jafar Jafarov

- PhD Program, Mathematics, Stanford University
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2005 HM, 2006 Silver, 2007 Bronze)
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (2007 Gold)
- International Mathematical Olympiad - Deputy Leader of Azerbaijan team (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

alex song

Alex Song

- Phillips Exeter Academy Class of 2015
- USAMO Qualifier (2007, 2008, 2011 - 13th, 2012 - 8th, 2013 - 2nd, 2014 - 2nd)
- IMO (2010 - Bronze, 2011 - Gold, 2012 - Gold, 2013 - Gold, 2014)
- CMO Qualifier (2008, 2009, 2010 - 1st, 2011 - 3rd, 2012 - 2nd, 2013 - 2nd, 2014 - 1st)
 - ARML 1st place Individual (2009, 2011)

iurie-boreico

Iurie Boreico

- Ph.D. Program, Mathematics, Stanford University
- BA, Harvard University, 2011
- Balkan Math Olympiad (2003-2005 Silver, 2006-2007 Gold)
- International Math Olympiad (2003 Silver, 2004 Gold, 2005 Gold, 2006 Gold, 2007 Silver)

alex parr

Alexander Parr

- Computer Science, Univ. of Nevada at Reno Class of 2018
- USACO Silver Contestant 2012-Present
- National Merit Scholar Finalist 2015

daniel whatley

Daniel Whatley

- MOP participant (2015)
- USACO Gold participant (January 2015 - present)
- USAMO qualifier (2015)
- AMC 10 perfect scorer (2014)

alexander whatleyAlexander Whatley

- USAMO Winner (2014)
- Canadian IMO Team, Bronze Medal (2013,2014)
- USAMO qualifier (2012,2013,2014)
- AIME qualifier (2010-2014)
- National Mathcounts Qualifier (2011)

alec sun

Alec Sun

- MOP Qualifier (2014, 2015)
- USAJMO Winner (2014)
- Junior Balkan Math Olympiad Gold Medal (2013)
- USACO Training Camp (2015)

ali adaliAli Adali

- European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad - Coordinator, 2014
- Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad - USA Team Deputy Leader, 2013
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2002 Bronze, 2003 Bronze)
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (2002 Bronze, 2003 Silver)
- PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University

 

ORANGE COUNTY

 ali-erdem-ersozAli E. Ersoz
- 20 years of experience in Gifted Math Teaching
- 10 years of MathCounts Coaching
- California fully credentialed Math teacher

ali adaliAli Adali

- European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad - Coordinator, 2014
- Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad - USA Team Deputy Leader, 2013
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2002 Bronze, 2003 Bronze)
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (2002 Bronze, 2003 Silver)
- PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University

metehan-ozsoy

Metehan Ozsoy

- MS Program, Computer Science, CalState University - Long Beach
- MA, Mathematics, University of California - Irvine (2013)
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2005 Bronze, 2006 Silver)

 

BAY AREA

michael choi

Donghyun Michael Choi

- National Mathcounts Qualifier(CA team)-4th place
- AMC 10 perfect scorer,
- USA(J)MO qualifer (2010-2013)
- Stanford Math Tournament Individual (Geometry) top 10 (2010,2011,2013)

iurie-boreico

Iurie Boreico

- Ph.D. Program, Mathematics, Stanford University
- BA, Harvard University, 2011
- Balkan Math Olympiad (2003-2005 Silver, 2006-2007 Gold)
- International Math Olympiad (2003 Silver, 2004 Gold, 2005 Gold, 2006 Gold, 2007 Silver)

jafar-jafarov

Jafar Jafarov

- PhD Program, Mathematics, Stanford University
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2005 HM, 2006 Silver, 2007 Bronze)
- Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (2007 Gold)
- International Mathematical Olympiad - Deputy Leader of Azerbaijan team (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

richard spenceRichard Spence

- MIT Class of 2016, majoring in Mathematics w/ CS
- USAMO qualifier (2010)
- Natl. "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" qualifier (2011, 2012)
- Perfect score on AMC 10 (2009)
- 2011 Natl. Scrabble Championship winner (Div. 2).

Yitz Deng

Yitz Deng

- UC Berkeley Class of 2018, CS/Math/Stats
- MN State Math League 4th Place (2013)
- Mankato University Math Competition 1st Place (2014)
- MN Arml Co-Captain (2014)
- MathCounts National Qualifier (2010)

Patrick Lin

Patrick Lin

- USA(J)MO Qualifier (2012, 2013, 2015)
- BAMO Grand Prize Winner (2014)
- SMT 2nd Place Team (2014)
- USAPhO Gold Medalist (2014)
- IOL US Team Alternate (2015)

brian burks

Brian Burks

- UC Berkeley Class of 2019
- California Piano Evaluations Panel State Finals (2015)
- AMC 12 Top 10 (2015 B)
- BAMO Grand Prize (2014)
- ARML 9th Place Individual (2014)
- ARML 1st Place Team (2013, 2015)
- MOP 2014

 Brice Huang
Brice Huang

- MIT Class of 2019
- Romanian Master of Mathematics Gold Medalist (2015)
- Intel STS 2nd place in Basic Research (2015)
- MOP (2013, 2014)
- U.S. Physics Team Invitee (2013)
- HMIC 4th (2015)
- HMMT 5th (2015)
- AMC12 and AIME Perfect Scorer (2015)
- Amateur pianist and cellist

Christopher ShaoChristopher Shao

- MIT Class of 2019
- MOP Qualifier (2014)
- USA(J)MO Qualifier (2012 - 2015)
- USACO Gold Contestant (2015)
- USAPhO Semifinalist (2013 - 2015)
- USNCO Finalist (2014)

 

Faculty and Guest Lecturers in 2014

Guest Lecturer

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Po-Shen Loh, Ph.D.

- Math Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- National Lead Coach, USA International Math Olympiad Team (2013-present)
- Co-Founder, expii.com
- International Math Olympiad silver medalist (1999)
- National Olympiad training camp qualifier in 3 subjects (1999: Math, Computing, Chemistry)
- MOSP student/staff/instructor (1997-1999, 2002-2004, 2008-present)
- Ph.D., Princeton University

 

 

Faculty

Dr. Ali Gurel

Ali Gurel, Ph.D. (Bay Area Math Coordinator)

- USA Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) Instructor, 2007-2012
- American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 8, 10,12) Advisory Panel Member
- Ph.D., Mathematics, Caltech, 2008
- Scott Russell Johnson Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Caltech, 2007
- International Mathematical Olympiad (1996 Silver)

aaron lin

Aaron Lin

- MIT Class of 2018
- MathCounts Nationals Team Winner 2010
- MOSP Qualifier 2011, 2012
- BMT 1st place Geometry Round 2013, 2014
- Seven-time AIME participant

evan-chenEvan Chen

- Harvard Class of 2018
- International Mathematical Olympiad (2014 Gold)
- USAMO Winner 2014

richard spenceRichard Spence

- MIT Class of 2016, majoring in Mathematics w/ CS
- USAMO qualifier (2010)
- Natl. "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" qualifier (2011, 2012)
- Perfect score on AMC 10 (2009)
- 2011 Natl. Scrabble Championship winner (Div. 2).

iurie-boreico

Iurie Boreico

- Ph.D. Program, Mathematics, Stanford University
- BA, Harvard University, 2011
- Balkan Math Olympiad (2003-2005 Silver, 2006-2007 Gold)
- International Math Olympiad (2003 Silver, 2004 Gold, 2005 Gold, 2006 Gold, 2007 Silver)

sean shi

Sean Shi

- MathCounts National Team Winner (2011)
- MathCounts National First Place Written (2012)
- MOP Qualifier (2013, 2014)
- USAJMO Winner (2013)
- USACO Gold (2013-present)

brian gu

Brian Gu

-USAJMO Winner (2013)
-MOSP Qualifier (2013, 2014)
-ARML top 20 Individual (2013)
-HMMT and HMIC top 20 individual (2014)

lisa yang

Lisa Yang

- MOP Qualifier (2014)
- Russian Sharygin Olympiad Finalist (2014)
- USAJMO Qualifier (2013, 2014)
- MathCounts States Winner (2012)

rachel zhang

Rachel Zhang

- MathCounts state winner 2012
- USA(J)MO qualifier 2012-2014
- MOP qualifier 2013-2014
- EGMO Silver Medalist 2014

 

caleb ji

Caleb Ji

- International Math Olympiad (2014, Bronze)
- MathCounts State Winner (2012)
- USAJMO (2013 Honorable Mention)
- Canadian Math Olympiad (2014, 3rd place)
- Asia Pacific Math Olympiad (2014 Honorable Mention)
- PUMAC 1st Place Number Theory (2014)

michael choi

Donghyun Michael Choi

- National Mathcounts Qualifier(CA team)-4th place
- AMC 10 perfect scorer,
- USA(J)MO qualifer (2010-2013)
- Stanford Math Tournament Individual (Geometry) top 10 (2010,2011,2013)

meghal gupta

Meghal Gupta

- Math Olympiad Summer Program (2012, 2014)
- USA(J)MO Qualifier (2012-2014)
- Math Prize For Girls Olympiad Gold Medalist (2013)
- AMC 10 Perfect Score 2014