Casting Call: Math Stars
You're ambitious. You have dreams of making an impact in this life. You've spent countless hours learning crazy math concepts way beyond the standards. You've gotten so good that you relish the variety of problems that come at you in a math contest. Now what's next? Get into college ... and then ... ?
We have deep experience working with extraordinary students, at all levels from elementary school to Ph.D., and on to real life. They started with math contests, and became engineers, entrepreneurs, researchers, doctors, and more. We observed that certain non-math skills were really valuable, but were not straightforward to acquire or practice. Specifically: magnetic communication skills, which you could use to pitch innovative ideas, build and lead teams, and generally have fun.
So, we're thrilled to announce a new nationwide program to help the next generation of students hone this superpower, together.
This program exists because we have created a revolutionary new way to teach math online. Delivering both serious math and entertainment. Solving two problems at the same time: giving incredible high school math students a framework to blossom as pro (math) streamers, while inspiring middle school students on the other end, and teaching them challenging math.
The secret was to combine math and improvisational comedy. And to build a lot of new custom technology, transforming Zoom to become unrecognizably interactive. As if Instagram Live and Twitch got into education.
This program is directly managed by Po-Shen Loh, and draws from his own experiences (and continued learning). It helps you with both theory and practice.
For the theory, we provide improvisational comedy (“improv”) classes, which have been specially designed for this background of student. You take these online, together with other students in this program. Improv is an art form which teaches you how to always have something reasonable to say, instantly, with anyone, no matter what.
But you also need regular practice turning yourself up to full brightness. And it's easiest to start by being in the spotlight on a topic you're super comfortable with: math! That's where this links into our middle school math program. We've innovated technology that takes online math teaching to a level never seen before. Where you and a co-star stream exciting lessons, blending math and improv in a way that inspires the younger generation to love math as much as you do.
Along the way, you'll get to join an inspiring community of fellow students, at national scale. You'll co-star with a different person every 1–2 months. By the end of each partnership, you'll have a new solid friendship, forged through hours of covering each others' backs while video-streaming together to a roomful of middle school students. Together, you'll have an incredible network of trusted connections, with people who are similarly ambitious and seek impact.
Hang on, wasn't that network one of the main points of college? This lets you access it already in high school.
This is a very competitive opportunity. You need to be able to solve and explain middle school math competition problems with no preparation. You also need to have strong ambition to develop these non-math skills, and a deep interest in making the world a better place, with the commitment to follow through. You don't need to be a USA Math Olympiad qualifier.
This is structured as an internship, because you'll be teaching real classes. So, you must be at least 14, and you must be able to legally work in the country where you live. We actually pay you too, but the people who join us are primarily motivated by the fact that this opportunity doesn't exist anywhere else.
The application process starts with the button below. If you advance to the next round, we will send you some math questions, and request a simple audition video. If you continue to advance, you will have a final round technical interview directly with Po-Shen Loh.