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Week of June 22nd | Issue 10

Dear PREP Students,

We wanted to take this opportunity to express how much we appreciate every one of you! While we may not be able to see all of your smiling  faces at camp this summer, we know that each and every one of you is doing your best to keep learning, growing, and being awesome!  We believe that all of you have the ability to make every day great. If you ever find yourself having a hard time with remembering how wonderful you are, just know that the PREP team has full confidence in you, always!

Reflecting on our achievements, being aware of our abilities, and challenging negative thoughts that we may have, are all ways that can help us boost our confidence. Always remember to be kind to yourself - we are all just doing the best we can! We hope you have an amazing week ahead. 
                                       - The PREP Team
Virtual STEM Academy Updates
Research Methods is one of the awesome courses being taught this summer by Dr. Buckley! During the school year, Dr. Buckley is a Master Teacher in the UTeach Program here at UT. She is very passionate about science and research, and would love to see you in her class! The registration deadline is this Friday. If you haven't registered yet, you can do so on our website. 

Hello from Ms. Jack, PREP 3 Supervisor!

Boston's Museum of Science has daily virtual events that allow you to visit the museum from your home! Their calendar of events features a range of  virtual tours, demos, ask a scientist events, and panel events like this one about climate change.   

If you've ever sat in a Physics class (special shout-out to all of you PREP 2 graduates), you've probably wondered about how scientists came up with things like velocity, electromagnetism, or the speed of light. This TED Talk from a physicist working with CERN's Large Hadron Collider explores how science happens and describes the drive to keep exploring. 

R Studio is a wonderful statistical tool. You can learn how to use R at home to analyze data in the life sciences through this free, self-paced course from Harvard. Would you prefer to learn with a little more structure? PREP 3 & Research & Statistics Camp cover R, but for this summer there are still some seats in our Virtual STEM Academy Statistics Module! 

If you're a PREP 4 student, we know you've probably been working hard at home to keep up your coding skills using tools like We also know that screen fatigue is real. So if eyes are telling you no, but your heart is telling you yes, compromise by reading a real book (on paper) about coding! The CEO of HackerRank has listed his top 5 picks here
Confidence is a skill that you will continue building throughout your life. It can be the driving force towards your ideal success, and it isn't just something your teachers and parents talk about. The idea that confidence can play a major role in your personal achievements is backed by science!

If you'd like to help others gain confidence as part of your future career plans, you may consider a career in education. Becoming a teacher is an opportunity to change the world, from your very own classroom of future scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and leaders. Learn how the UTeach teacher preparation program can help you earn your teacher certification while also obtaining an undergraduate degree in natural sciences from UT! 
It's important to be kind to those around you, both through your words and your actions. However, it's just as important to be kind to others as it is to be kind to yourself. Everyone has their own method of gaining and maintaining a positive image of themselves, but if you are having trouble try practicing positive self-talk or reflecting on the things that you have done well.

We'd like to offer you an opportunity to do this during this week's journal prompt:

What makes you feel like a success? Why?

If you haven't already, start making a healthy habit of self-love. You are worth it. If you are looking for more ways to practice, check out these other tips and tricks!  
We hope you enjoyed last week's challenge! You can see multiple solutions on the Awe of Large Numbers website page. 

We've featured the introductory video for the tenth math challenge below.  After watching the video, you can read more about the challenge and how to complete it on the Collaborative Mathematics site. Remember to submit your solutions by emailing them to us with the subject line "Confetti Problem" for a chance to be featured in next week's newsletter! 
Math Challenge #10: Pandigital Puzzles
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