Syntax. Matrix. Corresponding variables.

If these these terms sound interesting — and you’re a senior in high school interested in advanced math — a free, weekly workshop in West Valley might be for you.

For the eleventh year in a row, the Yakima-based E/Step Software Inc. is hosting a Monday night class on the APL computer programming language. It takes place from 6:45 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 17 and runs through the academic year, with a winter break.

Meantime, E/Step is seeking high school seniors who are in advanced math, preferably calculus or statistics, and up for a challenge to apply for the program.

By the end of the workshop, students should have a good working knowledge of APL, a vector language — and the most concise and productive programming tool available, according to John Estep of E/Step Software Inc.

He teaches the class, primarily using examples from mathematics. But he also delves into the fundamental techniques of software development.

Students from past years have gone on to careers with Microsoft and Nintendo, among others, after college.

In addition to class time, successful candidates should plan to spend about four hours per week on reading and exercises.

Classes are held at E/Step Software Inc.’s offices in West Valley.

For more information or to request an application, call E/Step Software Inc. at 509-853-5000. Seats are limited and the class fills early.

-- Adriana Janovich