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The DaVinci Camp Summer Institute is non-residential and consists of four three-week and two five-week all-day sessions that seamlessly integrate social and academic components from the arts and applied sciences. The program is designed to develop the interests and abilities of talented and highly motivated middle school and high school students (rising 6th – 12th grades and graduating seniors).


 DaVinci Camp Summer Institute 2021 will be entirely online,
with no in-person instruction.


The camp activities blend mathematics, engineering, science, and art instruction in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci’s concept of a Renaissance scholar.  Hands-on workshops and a mix of other activities reinforce instruction while balancing the students’ day.  Students engage their entire analytical and creative potentials in a fast-paced academic environment while meeting others who share their interests and abilities.  By having the camp at world-renowned academic institutions, we provide our students the opportunity to experience life on college campuses while getting to know Alumni from Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, and Caltech who lead the program and expose students to the world of possibilities and opportunities that await them.

During the program, we emphasize the development of the child’s ability to think critically and work collaboratively with peers. Students learn the skills necessary to understand complex math expressions and to reduce them to their fundamental parts. They learn techniques that make them faster problem solvers. Course assignments include problems with varying degrees of complexity to ensure each participant’s success. Students are encouraged to have fun while learning and to especially learn while having fun.  DaVinci Camp engages the whole student and aims their imagination towards the discovery of their diverse talents.

The following represents a sample of previous years’ activities:

    • Visiting NASA JPL, NASA Ames Research Center and Lawrence Livermore National Labs
    • Touring Caltech, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco campuses and laboratories
    • Learning at Archetype Press at ArtCenter College of Design and at the Getty Research Institute
    • Visiting Dino Lab at the Natural History Museum and Chabot Observatory Star Party
    • Attending performances by the SF Ballet and Opera, SF Symphony, and LA Philharmonic
    • Learning Brazilian batucada along with salsa, samba and flamenco dancing
    • Hiking in the Inyo National Forest and Devil’s Postpile National Monument
    • Catching a Pageant of the Masters, Shakespeare and other theatrical performances

We invite you to join us for this year’s DaVinci Camp and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Courses
The courses offered this summer are as follows:

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INOUT
That’s what a function
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Studies the properties, graphs, transformations and compositions of algebraic and elementary transcendental functions encountered in Algebra and Trigonometry. Emphasis will be placed on nonlinear models where these types of functions arise naturally. Methodologies and procedures for the solution of nonlinear equations and inequalities will be developed throughout the course. Recommended for students who will take Algebra II or Math Analysis/PreCalculus. (rising 9th through 11th grades,  Session II)
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This course is a precalculus class equivalent to a combination of IN-N-OUT and DEATHLY HALLOWS.  Covers analytic trigonometry as well as the properties and graphs, transformations and compositions of algebraic and elementary transcendental functions. Recommended for students who will take precalculus or calculus.(rising 10th -12th grades)

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GENERATINGFUNCTIONOLOGψ
To Infinity and Beyond… Calculus!
RINCIPIA
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Modelling & Problem Solving
 

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Presents methodology, procedures and strategies to tackle problems arising in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, combinatorics and probability.
(rising 8th through 10th grades, Session I)
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NUMB3RS
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Theory & Practice
Develops pre-algebra skills using number theory to build a strong foundation for the future study of algebra and geometry. Note that NUMBERS is the continuation of the NUMBERS course with an emphasis on rational numbers and problem solving (fractions!). 𝕌NIFIED NUMBERS is equivalent to a combination of the above.
(rising 6th and 7th grades, Session II)
 
LEπERS
( CAPITAL & 𝕌NIFIED )
Al-gabr Wa’l-muqabala:
Completion & Balancing
Presents methodology and procedures to develop advanced algebraic skills essential for the study of higher mathematics. Note that CAPITAL LETTERS is the continuation of LETTERS and 𝕌NIFIED LETTERS is equivalent to a combination of the above.
(rising 7th through 10th grades, Sessions: I, (II), Modus Bestia)
 
PICTURS
Construction & Proof
 
Builds on strong arithmetic and algebraic skills the inductive, deductive and constructive methods of geometry. The axiomatic method of geometric proofs will be emphasized throughout the course.
(rising 8th and 9th grades)
 
WRDS
Modelling & Problem Solving
 
Presents methodology, procedures and strategies to tackle problems arising in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, combinatorics and probability. (rising 8th through 10th grades)
 
Special Topics:
GRεεK LEπERS
Al-gabr Wa’l-muqabala:
Completion & Balancing
Presents advanced methods and techniques essential in the study of higher algebra. Note that GREEK LETTERS is a special topics course in the LETTERS sequence.
(rising 10th and 11th grades)
 
INOUT
That’s what a function
is all about!
 
Studies the properties, graphs, transformations and compositions of algebraic and elementary transcendental functions. Methodologies and procedures for the solution of nonlinear equations and inequalities will be developed throughout the course. Recommended for students who will take Algebra II or Math Analysis/PreCalculus. (rising 9th through 11th grades,  Session I)
 
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There were once a triangle,
a circle and an altitude…
Covers analytic aspects of trigonometry including identities, equations, inequalities and word problems. Recommended for students who will take Math Analysis/PreCalculus or Calculus.
(rising 10th and 11th grades, Session II)
 
HϒPATIA
…to understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.
 
This course is a precalculus class equivalent to a combination of IN-N-OUT and DEATHLY HALLOWS.  Covers analytic trigonometry as well as the properties and graphs, transformations and compositions of algebraic and elementary transcendental functions. Recommended for students who will take precalculus or calculus.
(rising 10th -12th grades, Modus Bestia)
 
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The ABC’s of Advanced Mathematics
Develops the ideas and methods of the calculus of Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. The course is equivalent to university level calculus. Recommended for students who have taken pre-calculus or an introductory calculus course.
(rising 11th , 12th grade and graduating seniors)
 
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Presents and develops the theory of Linear Algebra and its applications through the study of vector spaces and matrices. Recommended for students who have completed at least one year of calculus or a course equivalent to calculus AB or calculus BC.
(rising 11th , 12th grade and graduating seniors)
 
 
RINCIPIA
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Develops Newtonian mechanics with emphasis on mathematical physics and on problem solving techniques. This course has a minimum prerequisite of Calculus AB or equivalent.
(Only rising 12th grade and graduating seniors, Modus Bestia)
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Introduces and develops the theory of generating functions and its applications to combinatorics and to the solution of difference equations. Recommended for students who have completed at least one year of calculus or a course equivalent to calculus AB or BC.
(rising 11th , 12th grade and graduating seniors, Session III)

Develops Newtonian mechanics with emphasis on mathematical physics and on problem solving techniques. Minimum prerequisite Calculus AB or equivalent. (Only rising 12th grade and graduating seniors, Session IV)

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Course Flowchart

This flowchart can help visualize the respective courses in each session and how they connect to other courses in successive sessions.

Course flowchart 2021


Sessions and Dates
DaVinci Camp Summer Institute sessions will be held remotely from the DVC Headquarters in Pasadena and from various locations throughout the world. Sessions I & II meet for three weeks and Modus Bestia meets for five weeks.

Session I runs from Monday, July 5 through Saturday, July 24. This session is recommended for both middle and high school students. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:

LEπERS
INOUT
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Session II runs from Wednesday, July 21 through Monday, August 9.  This session is recommended for both middle and high school students. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:

   NUMB3RS
   CAPITAL LEπERS
   deathlyhallows
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   NUMB3RS
PICTURS

DVC 2021 Session 3

Session III runs from Wednesday, July 14 through Monday, August 2.  This session is recommended for both middle and high school students.  Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:
NUMB3RS
GRεεK LEπERS
INOUT
 

DVC 2020 Session 4

Session IV runs from Monday, July 26 through Saturday, August 14. This session is recommended for rising or continuing high school students. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:

 LEπERS
PICTURS
 WRDS
                           deathlyhallows
 

Modus Bestia is DaVinci Camp’s response to the pandemic’s impact on math education in schools.  These sessions provide students the opportunity to explore math subjects in depth over a five week period.

Modus Bestia runs from Monday, July 5 through Monday, August 9. This session is recommended for high school and advanced middle school students. Note that weekends are included in this five-week session. Courses offered:

RINCIPIA
HϒPATIA
𝕌NIFIED LEπERS
 
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Modus Bestia II runs from Friday, July 16 through Saturday, August 14. This session is recommended for high school and advanced middle school students. Note that weekends are included in this five-week session. Courses offered:

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RINCIPIA
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𝕌NIFIED NUMB3RS
 
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PICTURS

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Session IV at Caltech runs from Sunday, July 5 through Friday, July 24. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:

CAPITAL LEπERS
INOUT
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800 & 36

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INOUT
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DVC 2020 Session 4 Principia

Session IV – Principia at Caltech runs from Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 24. Note that weekends are included in this four-week session. This course is intended for rising or graduating seniors interested in pursuing a degree in engineering or applied science. Students must have completed at least one year of calculus to enroll in this course.

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DVC 2020 Session 5

Session V at Stanford University runs from Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, August 9. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:

NUMB3RS
 
LEπERS
PICTURS
CAPITAL LEπERS
INOUT

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Attendance Policy
DaVinci Camp Summer Institute’s expectation is that students will attend every day of the session. Given our program’s fast-paced academic and social environments, even a partial absence makes it difficult to stay abreast. There are no make up days for activities missed. Students who incur more than 2 absences may be dropped from the program without a refund.

If there are special circumstances that will affect a student’s ability to attend every class meeting, please contact us in writing before applying. Barring exceptional circumstances, students who anticipate missing more than 2 classes are not encouraged to attend the program.


Tuition
Tuition for DaVinci Camp Summer Institute is $3,000 per sessions I or II with a $500 discount per additional sibling (International students: $6,500 per sessions I or II – sibling discount does not apply).  Tuition for Modus Bestia is $5,500 with a $500 discount per additional sibling (International students: $9,500 – sibling discount does not apply). Students enrolling in multiple sessions receive a $500 discount on the tuition of the second session. A deposit of $500 ($1,000 for international students) is due with the application with the remaining balance payable by the tuition deadline of the respective session.  For more information about Tuition & Payments and our Refund Policy, click here.


Need-based Financial Aid
DaVinci Camp Summer Institute is a self-supporting program funded by student fees. However, limited partial need-based financial aid is available to qualified applicants. International students do not qualify for financial aid. To be considered for our limited financial aid funding, families must submit a financial aid application each year and must be able to document income. An award in a previous year does not guarantee an award for subsequent years. For more information regarding financial aid please visit the Tuition & Payment page.


Sample Daily Schedule
(Note that schedule is PST and is subject to change)

DVC Sample Schedule 2021