Cottonwood Hack the World Club and Tutoring Program


Are you a Westminster student looking for a volunteer/extra credit opportunity?

The Westminster College math department is excited to partner with the Promise South Salt Lake program to offer math enrichment and tutoring to students at Cottonwood High. Roughly 80-90% of Cottonwood students have failed a math class, and 50% are on free or reduced lunch. The goal of the Hack the World Club is to provide math enrichment, not remediation, for Cottonwood students and to make math relevant to students' lives. The goal of the tutoring program is to provide support to students who are in need of help in their math classes.

We are in need of the following:

  1. Westminster faculty members to facilitate math enrichment sessions designed to help students see how mathematics infuses the world and the creative nature of mathematics. There is a stipend available from the Center for Civic Engagement for those who lead such sessions. These sessions would present mathematics at a level that does not assume proficiency in algebra I or geometry. These sessions would take place on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.

  2. Westminster students to work as tutors in the areas of algebra, geometry, and precalculus. Students will have facility with high-school algebra and geometry, at a minimum; must commit to at least three one-hour sessions; and will be required to submit a brief reflective writing assignment. There is an $8 per hour stipend available for these positions. Note that it is not possible to exceed 20 hours of student employment per week in total. If you sign up for a tutor position, please contact Julie Tille, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, to get entered into the employment system. Tutoring takes place from 2:30-3:30pm on weekdays, preferably Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.

If you meet one of these criteria, please sign up here!

The Cottonwood Hack the World Club was previously supported by a MAA Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant.

Are you a Cottonwood High School student interested in participating in the Hack the World Club?

We're excited to have you! Come get free snacks and raffle prizes while learning how to think like a hacker! The Hack the World Club focuses on using logic and creativity to recognize patterns in the world around you. We'll learn to make and break secret codes, how to spot beautiful order in the chaos of breeding rabbits and flower petals, and how to power up your logical reasoning abilities to ask and answer interesting questions about the real world.

The Hack the World Club meets at Cottonwood High. It's led by Westminster professors in partnership with Cottonwood Promise. Contact me or Colleen Bradburn, Director of Cottonwood Promise, for more information or to sign up!