Meet Samuel Jasper David. He is 11 years old. He has clocked 3500 hours with Math theorem proofs, AP calculus problems, Kumon, Singapore Math and Khan Academy problems. He just joined the Harvard Math circle teenage class (13-18 year olds). He also has 380 badges on Khan Academy with more than 1.035 million energy points, he practiced 314 Math skills. He completed 16 levels and 4 electives from addition to trigonometry, probability and calculus in less than 3 years at the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Framingham, MA. He solved 64,800 problems. He started solving Algebra 2 problems in 2012 in 4th grade, none of the adults known to him could help him outside the Kumon class. He had the first rank among the 24,703 kids in the North American Kumon Math Program (US and Canada, September- November 2013).
He also won the 3rd grade North Eastern ASCII Math competition gold medal like his brother. He was interviewed by The Foundations TV station on Nov 11th. The video was uploaded at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l3J6-mgi4c and has 5600 views in three months. Five professors who saw his theorem proofs think he started very early. He wrote the first program called calculator on Khan Academy. His program can do 18 Math operations including arcsine, x^y, % and Square root. He knows the 130 digits of pi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNq2Qdh6Z-M. Dr. Arthur recently quizzed him in MD for the first 60 digits of pi.
The Math bug bit him early and bit him deep. Kumon helped him find and nurture the Math Prodigy in him. Kumon gave him an awesome and brilliant opportunity to sharpen his Math skills. Kumon was a Fun and vivacious experience. Kumon taught him to be committed, studious, unswerving and very industrious. Kumon made him feel Confident, Upbeat, and Driven.
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