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Circle on the Road 2012

Circle on the Road 2012

This workshop took place April 13-15 at George Washington University and
at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The MSRI url for the workshop was:

The Festival was an integral part of the workshop. Links to the discussions leading to the activities and to the lesson plans and video of the activities may be found on the planing page:

The workshop schedule, abstracts, and video are posted at the end of this page.

Friday MPA Building Room 310 on the George Washington University Campus (805 21st St. NW)

2:30 - 3:00 Light snacks

3:00 - 3:15 Welcome and introduction. What are we going to produce?

3:15 - 4:00 Featured mathematics activities - Scrap Heap Projects (Erica Voolich)

4:05 - 5:05 Sample Math Circle Demonstration - Euclidean Algorithm (Blake Thornton)

This was a math circle demonstration counting the number of steps in Euclid's algorithm.

5:10 - 5:40 Pass out T-Shirts to everyone, display photos of space. Saturday Math Circle teams meet, check supplies and hand-outs, go over activity one last time.

5:40 - 6:40 Student Run Circles (Panel - Katherine "Matt" Droujkova, Joshua Frye, Alan Du, Johnny Li, Daniela Ganelin, Elizabeth Parizh)

6:50 - 7:40 Mathematical Street Performances group wanders around the Mall showing
members of the public quick math gems. Advertise for Festival on Saturday.

7:40 Everyone finds dinner

Saturday - Math Festival - Schedule is listed at the end of this page.
Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution (Third level near the MathAlive! Exhibit.)
(1100 Jefferson Dr., SW.)

Sunday Monroe Hall Room 111 on the George Washington University Campus (2115 G Street, N.W)

8:00 - 9:15 From the Math Teacher's Circle to the Math Teacher's Classroom (Panel - Glenn Stevens, Jason Ermer, Florence Fasanelli, Anne (Sage) Moore, Susan Shaw)

Glenn Stevens' Slides for GWU.pdf

9:15 - 9:35 Breakfast Snacks

9:40 - 10:25 Evaluation: Ways to Evaluate Math Circles, What we know about how well they work, what we need to do to have better evidence. (Joint Presentation: Diana White, Brandy Wiegers)


10:30 - 12:00 Elementary Math Circles (Panel - Rodi Steinig, Bill Mueller, Laura Givental, Daniela Ganelin, Alan Du)

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 Different Audiences: Teachers’ Circles, Summer Programs, Student Circles (Panel - Glenn Stevens, Steve Maurer, Mira Bernstein, Paul Zeitz)

2:30 - 3:15 Inspiring Students and Removing the Stigma of Failure (Gordon Hamilton)

The Festival schedule was:

9:00 Arrive at Smithsonian and set up concourse and classrooms for activities.

10:00 Drop in activities in the Concourse begin as the public starts to arrive.

10:30 - 11:30 Activities 1, ... 6 run in the classroom and concourse areas.

11:45 - 12:45 Activities 7, ...12 run in the classroom and concourse areas.

12:45 - 1:45 Lunch break

1:45 - 2:45 Activities 1, ... 6 run in the classroom and concourse areas.

3:00 - 4:00 Activities 7, ...12 run in the classroom and concourse areas.

4:30 - 5:30 Clean up/pack-up

5:30 - 6:00 Each group talks and evaluates their own session.

6:30 - 10:00 Banquet American Foreign Service Association at 2101 E. Street NW
For the first 5 min we hand out packet of activity hand-outs with suggestion
forms. -Over hors d'oeuvres each team gives a 3 min description of their activity.