Once again, Northport-East Northport students with an interest in math and who have shown tremendous skill in the field have been selected to attend the Institute for Creative Problem Solving. Northport Middle School eighth grader Joshua Fields and Northport High School tenth grader Oliver Kotowicz are participating in the program, which includes 20 Saturday morning classes.
In addition to attending these classes, which focus on problem solving, students also complete special projects. Students who participate are chosen after a rigorous application process and represent top talent in mathematics across Long Island. Joshua described the classes as “fun and challenging” and shared that while the application process was hard, he’s enjoying the program.
The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students' mission is to enhance the problem-solving skills of exceptionally talented students using advanced mathematics and creative thinking. While over 600 students apply, the program accepts only approximately 87 to participate. According to their website, “Selection by the Institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent of all students in mathematics on Long Island in his or her grade.”