National Association of Math Circles Wiki

Welcome to the NAMC Update - August 2010

Here's this Summer's NAMC News (more details below)

(1) NAMC/ MSRI Math Circle Grants! Applications Being Accepted!

(2) NAMC at MathFest in Pittsburgh this week: Math Circle Activities!

NAMC BOOTH (19) in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, August 6, 6:15 - 9:15, NAMC Group Dinner at Cafe Euro - RSVP

Needed!

Saturday, August 7, 6:30am - 3rd Annual MathFest 5K Fun Run/Walk (NAMC

Sponsored Event)

Saturday, August 7, 9:00 – 10:20 am. Mathematics Circle Demonstration

(Monongahela)

Saturday, August 7, 10:30 – 11:20 am. MAA Invited Address (Grand

Ballroom):

Saturday, August 7, 1:00 – 4:20 pm. Invited Paper Session (Monongahela)

Saturday, August 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Panel Discussion (Monongahela)

(3) Circle on the Road 2010 - Journey to Arizona!

*Check out Circle on the Road 2010 - Evaluation Form *

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFlPckFDckZpcEQyd0JmX3hwcXAtR3c6MQ#gid=0

(4) NAMC Website How To: How to Add your Math Circle to our listing

(5) Math Circles in the News:

- Awesome Math, Metroplex Math Circle: NanoExplorer Wins Top Prize in

Intel Science Fair

- USA IMO Team

- Holden Orias of LA Math Circle places first in the nationwide Math

Kangaroo competition.

- Kansas State University Math Circle Seminars

- Summer Math Programs Across the Country are wrapping up. We hope you had

fun!

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NAMC/ MSRI Math Circle Grants

MSRI and the NAMC are now accepting applications for math circle grants. These grants are to help establish new math circles or expand existing

ones. Right now the seed program is taking proposals; we may have other math

circle grants available in the future.

Seed program: Seed program grants are each 2,000.00. These funds may be used as stipends for session instructors and for

supplies. In order to receive this funding a circle must be registered with the NAMC.

To register a circle go to http://www.mathcircles.org/

To apply send an e-mail with the following information to

associatedirector@msri.org with the following information:

* When the math circle was originally formed (or when will it start).

* The audience of the circle e.g. teachers, enriched students in

grades 6-8, students recruited from Central High School.

* Location and the number of meetings planned for 2010-2011.

* Key personnel and background.

* Several planned session topics.

* How a check should be made out and where it should be sent, should

the grant be funded.

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NAMC at MathFest in Pittsburgh this week: Math Circle Activities!

NAMC BOOTH (19) in the Exhibit Hall

The NAMC is a MathFest 2010 Sponsor. Join us at our MathFest Booth (Booth

19)

to learn about the newest additions to the NAMC website (mathcircles.org)

including social networking tools (chat rooms, sharing tools) and continued

development of the

NAMC Problem Database!

Friday, August 6, 6:15 - 9:15 NAMC Group Dinner at Cafe Euro

In what we hope will become an annual meeting tradition we invite NAMC

members

to join us for dinner. We know many people will be leaving early Saturday

night so

we suggest Friday night. Meet at 6:15 in the Omni lobby or at 6:30 at the Cafe Euro Restaurant

http://www.cafeeuropittsburgh.com/steel_tower/info/euro_info_page.htm

US Steel Tower, Lower Level, 600 Grant St --

http://tinyurl.com/NAMCdinner2010 has the map with walking directions,

If you are interested in joining us you must let us know ahead of time

(for our reservation).

Either email Josh (joshua.zucker@gmail.com) or stop by the NAMC booth

and we'll add you to the list.

Saturday, August 7, 6:30am - 3rd Annual MathFest 5K Fun Run/Walk (NAMC

Sponsored Event)

Get active with your colleagues and have some fun along the bike path at

North Shore Park! More than 150 MathFest attendees participated in the 2009 MathFest 5K Fun

Run/Walk and this year is sure to be a hit. The fee is 25 and all participants will

receive a t-shirt. Donations are being accepted to present to a local Pittsburgh charity.

Saturday, August 7, 9:00 – 10:20 am. Mathematics Circle Demonstration

(Monongahela)

Presented by Joshua Zucker, "Coins in Twoland"

Participants: Local middle and high school students

Organizers:

Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University

Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University

James Tanton, St. Mark’s School

Saturday, August 7, 10:30 – 11:20 am. MAA Invited Address (Grand

Ballroom):

The Mathematics of Math Circles, Zvezdelina Stankova, Mills College

Saturday, August 7, 1:00 – 4:20 pm. Invited Paper Session (Monongahela)

Title: The Mathematics of Math Circles and Beyond

Organizers: Zvezda Stankova, Mills College

Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University

Saturday, August 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Panel Discussion (Monongahela)

Title: Math Circles: Transforming (or Subverting) Pre-College Mathematics

Organizers:

Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University

Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University

Panelists: Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University

Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska

William McCallum, University of Arizona

James Tanton, St. Mark’s School

James Taylor, Santa Fe Preparatory School

To join the MAA... Go to: www.maa.org

To join SIGMAA MCST…Go to: www.maa.org/sigmaa/joining.html

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Circle on the Road 2010 - Journey to Arizona!

If you attended COR please fill out a Circle on the Road Evaluation Form -

we appreciate your feedback!

If you attended Circle on the Road 2010 please complete the evaluation form

online:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFlPckFDckZpcEQyd0JmX3hwcXAtR3c6MQ#gid=0

Your feedback is important for the future planning of this event.

The NAMC hosted its first national meeting, Circle on the Road, from March

13 to March 15, 2010. We chose Tempe, Arizona, as the site of the first meeting because Phoenix

is a large, diverse metropolitan area with no math circle program.

On Saturday March 13, over 300 students, parents and teachers flooded

Arizona State University’s recently established School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

Hands-on activities immediately captured the attention of participants of all ages. Helped by experienced

graduate students and research faculty, the visitors quickly transitioned from simply playing fun games to

raising and exploring mathematical questions. At a table with a number of sample tiling patterns

and lists of questions, they discovered how to show that some tasks were impossible by studying

color patterns and used mathematical induction to prove that other patterns could be generalized.

Using Zome tools to construct buckyballs and other polyhedra led quickly to observations about the Euler

characteristic. Next door, students drew flows and vector fields on helium balloons, discovering that

the Euler characteristic could be used to show that there must always be places on the Earth where there

is no wind. Math-fair activities were complemented by parallel sessions that were repeated over the day. Led

by some of the best mathematics communicators in the nation, students explored topics such as

solving cubic equations, decrypting secret messages, exploring tangled ropes using number theory.

Before the festival, apprentices were teamed with experienced circle

leaders to plan and run circle sessions. After watching an experienced leader run a session in the

morning, each apprentice took over and ran a session in the afternoon. The following two days were packed

with 10 presentations, 5 panel discussions, and an evaluation session. Experienced leaders had the

pleasure of participating, of learning new tricks and approaches, and of seeing old friends and

meeting new ones. People new to the world of math circles came away with inspiration and are looking

forward to starting circles in the future.

In addition to the circle starting in Phoenix, twelve teams in such

diverse places as India, the Philippines, Minnesota, Oregon, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, Arizona, and Texas

are thinking about starting math circles in the fall.

Lesson plans, handouts, and video from the workshop will appear on the NAMC

web site later this summer.

The festival and workshop were organized by Dave Auckly, Matthias Kawski,

Omayra Ortega, Hugo Rossi,

and Mark Saul, with help from the staff at MSRI and the staff at Arizona

State University. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional support, including books,

materials, and presenters, were supplied by AK Peters, Oxford University Press, Taylor and Francis,

Pearson, the MAA, the AMS, Texas Instruments, Salt River Power, On Semiconductor, Freeport-McMoran Copper &

Gold, the desJardins/Blachman fund, the Clowes Fund, and anonymous donors.

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HOW TO: ADD YOUR MATH CIRCLE TO OUR LISTING

Congratulations on your new Math Circle!

To start the process of adding your program to our listing

you'll need to obtain a user account.

https://www.mathcircles.org/user/register

Having this account will allow you to edit content on the website and

contribute to the forums. In addition you'll be added to our mailing list where we'll be sending out regular updates about the NAMC including

information about funding opportunities and upcoming NAMC community

events.

After you have registered for a user account and signed into that account you'll be able to add your Math Circle by visiting:

https://www.mathcircles.org/node/add/mathcircle

Your program will then be added to the website. You'll be able

to find it on the list of programs:

http://www.mathcircles.org/Wiki_ExistingMathCirclePrograms

and on the map:

https://www.mathcircles.org/FindAMathCircleNearYou_USMap

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Math Circles in the News:

*UT Dallas NanoExplorer Amy Chyao won the top prize at the Intel

International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif. “The UT Dallas outreach programs for high school students are the best

for local students like Amy,” said Mr. Tim Chyao. “Amy has benefited a great deal from programs like the Awesome Math

summer camp, the Metroplex Math Circle, and especially the NanoExplorers. We could not imagine all her achievements

without the help from UT Dallas.”

http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2010/5/24-3601_NanoExplorer-Wins-Intels-International-Science-Fai_article.html

* Congrats to the 2010 U.S. IMO TEAM! This year's team includes members

from Math Circle programs! The six members of the U.S. team were chosen to compete in the 2010

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). In alphabetical order, they were: Calvin Deng, William G.

Enloe High School, Raleigh, NC; Ben Gunby, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC; Xiaoyu He,

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Acton, MA; In Sung Na, Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan,

NJ; Evan O'Dorney, Berkeley Math Circle, Berkeley, CA; and Allen Yuan, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills,

MI. O'Dorney earned silver medals in the 2008 and 2009 IMOs. He also won the 2010 national Who Wants to Be a

Mathematician and the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 2010 IMO took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, July 2-14. Read more about

this year's IMO at http://www.imo2010org.kz/.

Update: Evan O'Dorney, who joined the BMC as a student 4 years ago,

qualified on the USA math team and received gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held this

summer in Kazakhstan. His score of 39 out of 42 placed him second in the world, following only one Chinese boy (with a

perfect score). The young USA team placed third overall among 96 countries, trailing Russia only by 1 point, and China in

first place. One of the 6 problems at the IMO '10 was written and proposed by Gabriel Carroll, a Berkeley Math Circle

alumnus from 9 years ago.

Both Gabriel and Evan will be giving talks on their research at the

upcoming national conference MathFest 2010 in Pittsburgh, at a first session of its kind. Saturday,

August 7, 1:00 – 4:20 pm. (Monongahela)

* Holden Orias of LA Math Circle places first in the nationwide Math

Kangaroo competition.

http://hermosabeach.patch.com/articles/second-grader-wins-big-in-math

* Kansas State University Math Circle Seminars

Faculty members in Kansas State University's department of mathematics are

offering Math Circle Seminars for students in grades 2-12 as a way to prepare for the upcoming annual

Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad.

http://www.wibw.com/localnews/headlines/89906957.html

* Summer Math Programs Across the Country are wrapping up. We hope you had

fun!

Make sure to keep your Summer Math Program information up-to-date.

http://www.mathcircles.org/Wiki_FindAMathCircleNearYou_SummerPrograms

* Congratulations to all people involved in these achievements*

If you'd like your Math Circle's achievements highlighted in the next

newsletter - email Brandy (brandy@msri.org).

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I wish you all the best on your work with your Math Circle program!

Brandy

Brandy Wiegers PhD

Coordinator, National Association of Math Circles

mathcircles@msri.org

http://mathcircles.org