Fast Times at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics
Excerpts from a brochure for student-run clubs at the nation's second-best high school.
By Will Grunewald
These are heady days for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, a residential magnet school in Limestone, in the state’s rural northeastern corner. Newsweek recently ranked it the nation’s eighth-best high school for science, technology, engineering, and math, while U.S. News & World Report deemed it the nation’s second-best overall high school. But what do its 140 young brainiacs do for fun?
Mu Alpha Theta
“The members give short (anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour) presentations over cool topics in math. . . . Some examples may include the Mandelbrot set or the Riemann hypothesis.”
“We play chess, as the name says.”
“We will build drones and explore various challenges such as obstacle courses, lifting weights, [and] AI movement, but we are not a racing club.”
“We play role-playing games, which involve playing out fantastic stories using dice and theater of the mind.”
“We garden. Primarily in the greenhouse, because January.”