National Association of Math Circles Wiki
August 2010 NAMC Newsletter

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