Numbers game at Niskayuna math camp

"Albany Area Math Circle is a group that my daughter [Alison Miller ] and I worked together with an RPI professor to start back in 2001," said O'Keeffe.

She said they started the group in response to the lack of math programs in the area for high school students. Her daughter is currently in graduate school. One of the group's original members, who is now a junior in college, started a similar camp several years ago that was successful.

O'Keeffe was approached by the mothers of Salasoo and Bieber who asked if she had suggestions for summer jobs. She suggested the two start their own math camp.

"David and Markus took that idea and ran with it and came up with a really great plan," said O'Keeffe. "I've heard wonderful things from the parents and students who participated last year so hopefully they'll have another great year this year," said O'Keefe.

The camp takes place this year at the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, which is located in Niskayuna.

"This is the fist time that it's being held here at our center," said Ken Rimany, director of operations for the association. "They came over and looked at the facilities and decided that this would be a perfect setting to do a summer math camp."

Rimany said that at the center, young people are encouraged to work and learn in their natural environment.

"For a week, they'll have a beautiful setting to be here and relax and learn all about math," said Rimany.

There is still room for more campers. The camp runs from Monday, July 20, through Saturday, July 25, and costs $50 per person. Students will need to bring a snack, drink, pens, pencils and paper with them each day. The camp runs each morning from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Questions may be directed to Ester Salasoo at 372-5413, or by e-mail at EsterHS@aol.com.""

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