“Mathematics Camps: A Gift for Gifted Students?”

by Ainoa Aparicio Fenoll, Flavia Coda-Moscarola, Sarah Zaccagni, CeRP WP n. 198/20


We evaluate a mathematics camp for gifted high-school students. During the camp, students work in teams, trying to solve advanced mathematics problems with the help of manipulatives. We randomize participation in the camp and test the effects of such participation on problem-solving skills, self-concept, and career intentions.
Results show that participants improve their problem-solving skills, especially in questions that require the use of logic. We also find positive effects on students’ self-concept. Students with a lower school math score benefit more from the program. Finally, participating in the mathematics camp makes students in first high school grade more willing to go to university.

Published: April 2020