National Association of Math Circles Wiki

Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring mathematicians and mathematical scientists into direct contact with pre-college students. These students, and sometimes their teachers, meet with mathematical professionals in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The goal is to get the students excited about the mathematics, giving them a setting that encourages them to become passionate about mathematics.

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Mathematical enrichment activities in the United States have been around for at least thirty years, in the form of residential summer programs, math contests, and local school-based programs. The concept of a math circle, on the other hand, with its emphasis on convening professional mathematicians and secondary school students on a regular basis to solve problems, has appeared only within the past twelve years.

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This organization will provide a support structure for Math Circles and similar programs. Specific organizational goals include maintenance of a database of existing programs, recruitment of new Math Circle chapters, and development of a National Math Circle Website (http://mathcircles.org) that will include a database of potential Math Circle speakers, a database of programs and organizer contact information, a coherent set of links to other resources, and perhaps even a chat room to allow for discussion of problems related to Math Circles among the members.

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