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BCPS students undergo 'basic training' at AP Calculus Boot Camp
07/18/2014

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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.

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"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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