The Marjorie Lee Browne STEM Discovery Camp is a free, five-week summer program focused on mathematics and problem solving. Learning to love math and see it everywhere around you is the gateway to all STEM knowledge: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

What happens at STEM Discovery Camp?

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What is STEM Discovery Camp like?

You will learn from top teachers, meet college student counselors majoring in STEM fields, and hear from people who work in technology, medical, and other fields.

You will make new friends from across the city of Memphis who are all motivated to learn more about math and science. You will also do fun activities: games, arts and crafts, dance, sports, puzzles, and field trips.

STEM Discovery Camp is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and do more advanced math. Join us this summer!

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About our Curriculum Partner: BEAM

What will you learn?

Everyone gets to choose their classes, and can also choose to work on different kinds of math at their own pace during Open Math Time. STEM Discovery classes include logic, problem solving, and math that is really used in the world. Classes that will be offered include Cryptarithms and other Arithmetic Puzzles, Primes and Programming, and Game Theory.

Why should you attend?

STEM Discover Camp is a free summer program focused around mathematics and problem solving. This five-week program will enrich your education with a unique learning and social experience. College students in STEM fields will be counselors and teaching assistants and will support the certified teachers who will be teaching the classes. All of our staff will help you have a great summer, share your love of math, and welcome you to the MTR family.


What are the details?

Dates: June 15th – July 18th (Closed on July 3rd)
Location: East High School
Monday through Friday Schedule (tentative):

8:30 – 8:55 Arrival + Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Team Time
9:20 – 10:20 Morning Class
10:25 -11:15 Open Math Time
11:20 – 12:10 Weekly Activities
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch
12:50 – 1:50 Afternoon Class
1:55 – 2:45 Open Math Time
2:50 – 3:45 Activities
3:50 – 4:00 Team Time and Dismissal

How to Apply

If you attend an MTR partner middle school: This includes Kingsbury Middle, Treadwell Middle, Lester Middle, Sherwood Middle, Douglass Middle, A. Maceo Walker Middle, Havenview Middle, John P. Freeman, Geeter Middle, and Soulsville Charter School. Click here to apply if attending one of these listed partner middle schools.

If you attend another SCS middle school: Current 6th graders attending other Shelby County Schools are welcome to apply. Our focus is on empowering students interested in STEM from under-resourced neighborhoods. Priority will be given based on the middle school you attend. Click here to apply if attending another SCS middle school besides the MTR partner schools listed above. The deadline to apply is Saturday, February 9.

Invitations to the required Admissions Challenge will be sent the week of February 10. The goal of the Admissions Challenge is to give students an opportunity to show their comfort and creativity with the type of math they’ll experience at STEM Discovery Camp. The Admissions Challenge is designed to assess upper elementary math skills in novel contexts, rather than test grade-level understanding. The invitation-only event is from 10am-noon on Saturday, February 22: please mark your calendar to keep this time open to attend the Admissions Challenge.

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About Marjorie Lee Browne

The camp is named for Marjorie Lee Browne, a Memphis-born mathematician and educator who was one of the first African-American women in the country to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. Born in 1914, she attended LeMoyne High School, then graduated cum laude from Howard University, and went on to earn her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1949. Her research focused on linear and matrix algebra. She spent her career at North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University), where she was the chair of the department of mathematics and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. Seeing the importance of computer science, she was able to bring an IBM computer to NCCU as early as 1960.

She was also a lecturer for the Summer Institute for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers after leading NCCU to become the first predominantly black college to receive a National Science Foundation grant for teaching secondary mathematics and science teachers. She spent her summers training science and math teachers and was known to use her resources to help other people pursue a career in Mathematics. We are proud to continue the work of promoting mathematics education in her name.