BCPS students undergo 'basic training' at AP Calculus Boot Camp


Calculators and pencils at the ready!
Fifteen Baltimore County Public Schools students are knee-deep in mathematics this summer as they undergo "basic training" in derivatives and integrals at Milford Mill Academy's Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus Boot Camp.

Running weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, the two-week camp provides students from Milford Mill and Randallstown high schools with an opportunity to participate in a teacher-led, but student-driven, review of material taught in algebra, geometry and pre-calculus classes.

"We focus on the algebraic and trigonometric skills the students will need in order to meet with success in AP Calculus," said Kevin Dalsimer, six-year AP Calculus teacher at Towson High School and boot camp instructor. "Topics are selected based on the students themselves and their needs; it is a fluid planning process."

This summer is the first time that, with the help of Towson University, BCPS has offered the camp.

"We are only running one camp [this summer] with the hope that we can expand to several more locations [next summer]," added Dalsimer.

Interest and need determined which students would participate in the College Board-funded boot camp. The grant ensures that the selected students will continue to receive educational support from College Board throughout the 2014-2015 school year.


"It is an excellent opportunity to coordinate with both Towson University and the College Board to help the students succeed on the AP Calculus exam," said Dalsimer.

With just over a week left until the camp ends on Friday, July 25, these students won't be shaking in their boots at the sight of Newtonian mathematics this fall – that's for sure!

Story by Blake Lubinski, intern, Department of Communications and Community Outreach.
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