SC 2014 - overview

SigmaCamp 2014:

  • One week in August (August 17 - 24)
  • One great location: Silver Lake Camp and Conference Center, Sharon, Connecticut.
  • 100 campers, age 12-16, who came from all over the US, Canada, Mexico, Finland, and France
  • 23 counselors and Junior counselors, including students from Stony Brook University, Harvard, Caltech, MIT, Cambridge (this is Cambridge, UK!), and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
  • 28 faculty and staff, including professors of Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering from Stony Brook, Harvard, and Brookhaven National Lab, experts in mathematical finance and artists, and more..
  • A busy daily schedule, which included:



Every morning right after breakfast, campers had a choice of one of 4 different lectures, given by actively working specialists in different areas of science and math. Some lectures were given by guest lecturers, including world leading mathematicians such as Dennis Sullivan of Stony Brook Univeristy and Maxim Kontsevich of Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, France.

Read the full list of lectures.



The main part of our academic program are the Semilabs, where theoretical (Seminar) and practical (Lab) parts are combined into 90-minute session. Each semilab is a course, running for the five “regular” days of camp. Each student had to choose 2 semilabs to attend.

The preliminary descriptions of SigmaCamp 2014 Semilabs can be found here.


Sigma Tournament

The Sigma tournament is our traditional team problem-solving tournament, which features problems from Math and Physics, Biology and Linguistics.

Read more about it on the Sigma Tournament 2014 page.



To explore topics beyond the chosen semilabs, we were offering evening workshops, where every camper could  grow his own “Silicate Gardens”, learn the art of glass blowing, play math games with counselors, and launch his own rocket.

Here is a list of Workshops we had in SigmaCamp 2014


Junior Instructor Challenge and Experiment of the day

We offer the campers a chance to share their knowledge with other campers. There were two ways of doing this: Junior instructor Challenge, in which the campers would lead some classes for younger children (not yet campers themselves), and Experiment of the day, in which campers would demonstrate some science experiment they really liked to the whole camp.