About Math Circle:
Orlando Math Circle is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to build a diverse and inclusive student community of mathematicians where we increase the quantity and quality of students who become mathematics educators, researchers or just those who love and use math in their studies, work and daily activities.More about our mission and goals...
- Attract and interest kids in mathematics and motivate to excel in mathematics
- Increase participation of economically disadvantaged minorities in mathematics
- Prepare for mathematical contests
- Encourage futures and careers linked with mathematics and science
We will accomplish these goals by:
- Helping students explore numerical ideas and concepts that are not normally included in standard classroom curriculum through collaborative problem solving sessions, puzzles, games and discussion. Problem based math circles challenge kids to think by themselves and are a means to level the playing field in STEM education for girls and minorities;
- Encouraging and facilitating teachers from schools with economically disadvantaged students to bring these students to math circle events and sessions;
- Providing extracurricular opportunities to build math knowledge and skills;
- Providing guest speakers to facilitate problem solving and discuss how knowing math empowers you to do incredible things in your life;
- Bringing opportunities to participate in competitive math events and work on competition math skills;
- Giving opportunities to students to meet and work with other students of similar or superior math abilities and aspirations;
- Providing resources including a math lending library and online math learning tools;
- Providing advice on college selection, summer math programs and internships.
Math circles provide different types of mathematical enrichment activities not offered in the standard school curriculum. They originated in Hungary more than a century ago and soon spread over Eastern Europe and Asia. Math circles have produced many of the great scientists in mathematics and in other disciplines, and eventually led to the start of many national and international math contests, including the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 1959 in Romania. Math circles finally started appearing in United States in the 1990’s spurred by the arrival of emigres who grew up attending math circles and excelling in math and science. Upon arrival to US, many of them returned to teaching in universities, and a few started math circles to open opportunities to students that led them to become mathematicians.
VARIETY OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES
- TRIANGLETHON 2017 – help create world’s largest Sierpinski Triangle
- CREATE MATH VIDEOS: collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Mathematics Professor, Dr.Po-Shen Loh & Expii.
- BOOK CLUB for tweens. June book: LOST IN LEXICON
- Participate in Encouraging Girls in Math & Science social media campaign: create Florida Girls STEM Hall of Fame
- Global Math Project preparation for fall.
Programs of the Orlando Math Circle:
Elementary Math Circle (recommended for grades 1-4)
Problem solving and hands on activity based approach with introduction to competition math and opportunities to participate in math contests.
Advanced Math Circle (high school)
Problem solving collaborative approach with emphasis on competition math. Participation in community service outreach projects that bring math circle content to economically disadvantaged and minority students.
Math circle will meet every fourth Monday of the month for an hour and a half, beginning in January for the Fall 2017 session.
Location: 531 Versailles Drive, Suite 102, Maitland, FL 32751
Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Sign up to receive notifications about our events and to receive practice problems.
- Guest speakers
- Math Kangaroo Competition (K-12)
- Orlando Fractal Trianglethon – Help us create a giant fractal triangle where you can represent yourself, your school, your organization and connect the fractal triangle you make to other fractal triangles created by people in our community to celebrate unity through math, art, creativity
- January 21, 2016 – AMC 10/12 prep
- January 28, 2016 – AMC 10/12 prep
- April 25, 2016 – Guest Speaker: UCF Computer Science professor, Arup Guha
- March 18, 2017 – Guest Speaker, Dr. Jami Valentine at Meadowbrook Middle School
- March 16, 2017 – Math Kangaroo Competition at Orlando Science Center
Read about math circles in the news:
- “Playing With Math: How Math Circles Bring Math Learners Together For Fun” – Mind Shift KQED
- “So What Exactly Is A Math Circle” – Education Week
- “The Math Revolution” – The Atlantic