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Circle on the Road 2016

Location: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU
Dates: Oct 28-30, 2016
Deadlines: Priority deadline for applying for funding support is August 31, 2016. Deadline for registering is October 15, 2016.

Bringing together new and experienced leaders of Math Circles and other similar outreach programs, this year’s Circle on the Road will include discussions, presentations, and opportunities to facilitate different mathematical problems. In addition, some informal STEM education researchers will join us to further our research and evaluation efforts. Come share your best practices and learn more from those in the Math Circle community!

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Location: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU

Circle on the Road will take place at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU in New York City, NY. Courant Institute is located on 251 Mercer Street. Click here for details on how to get to campus.

The check-in desk will be on the main floor as you enter the building outside of Room 109. Please plan to check-in at registration by 10am on Saturday.

Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn Chelsea, 125 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001
Accommodations needed to be requested by September 28th. If you are using these accommodations you should have received confirmation from the conference organizers. Please contact with further questions.
Click here for a map with transit and walking directions from the conference hotel (Holiday Inn Chelsea) to New York University.

2016 Circle on the Road Schedule and Other Details

An introduction to Math Circles will happen from 1:00 - 4:00 pm Friday (28th), with registration and informal mathematical program at 5:00 pm (Eastern time) on Friday, and the more formal program will start at 8:00 am Saturday morning. The official program will end on Sunday (30th) at 4 pm, though people will be encouraged to continue conversations and enjoy New York after that if their flight arrangements permit.

Highlights of the Conference include 3 plenary speakers, 1 Math Circle Jam session, 12 Ignite talks, 13 Math Circle demonstrations, and 24 contributed talks.

Details about the three plenary talks and Math Circle Jam session are listed below.

A pdf of the schedule is available here.
A full listing of speakers and abstracts is available here.

Plenary Speaker: Daniel Zaharapol. Saturday 11:15 - 12:30 pm.
Mathematics is supposed to be a universal language, beautiful, expressive of human thought and a vehicle for the study of truth. Then why is not equally accessible to everyone? Students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented minorities rarely access deeper mathematical study like math circles.

Of course, it can be intimidating to reach out to groups where you're not familiar with their mathematical preparation, their culture, or the challenges they face in their lives. That's exactly the situation I was in five years ago when I started Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). I'll talk about the lessons we've learned about how math circle sessions translate to new communities; how to adjust problems and topics for students who might have less background; and how to fit your program into the lives the students are living.

Plenary Speaker: Julie Cwilka. Saturday 4:30 - 5:45 pm.
How do people learn mathematics? How can math circle leaders capitalize on the ways students problem solve? And how can any of this be captured or measured so circle leaders learn and improve? Dr. Julie Cwikla Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi serves as our invited speaker. This interactive session will begin by assessing your own genius and ways of thinking, encouraging reflection on others' manner of thinking. Next ,examples of informal STEM learning environments will be shared to think about how practices might be adapted for math circles. And lastly, the group will discuss ways circle leaders have measured and assessed the teaching and learning taking place in their learning spaces and future directions for more extended measurement and evaluation.

Plenary Speaker: Alessandra Pantano. Sunday 8:30 - 9:45 am.
The Math Circle at the University of California, Irvine (‘Math CEO’) has dramatically expanded during the years, and evolved from a small program for a selected group of very talented high school students in the Irvine school district to a far broader mathematical enrichment program for students from a low-performing middle school in a nearby largely Hispanic community. In this talk we will discuss the impact of this program on a variety of constituencies. The pupils have demonstrated increased resilience and determination in tacking mathematical challenges; their parents have developed greater awareness about college opportunities for their children; the volunteers have fostered their passion for giving back to the community; and finally, the key educators have learned valuable skills in promoting inquiry-based learning strategies.

Math Circle Jam session: Led by Dr. Amanda Serenevy and Bob Sachs. Sunday 10:00 am - Noon.
Write up your favorite ideas for Math Circle sessions, help others to write up their sessions, or work with others to develop new ideas for sessions to meet specific needs. We will add new session descriptions to the NAMC website. This is a great opportunity to gather more ideas for your own Math Circle while providing a service to the wider community.

Registration Information


October 15 deadline
Pay the Registration fee: A registration fee is required for the full conference (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). There is no registration cost for the half-day introduction to Math Circles on Friday.
Apply for funding support online: - Priority deadline for funding was August 31, 2016, we are no longer accepting applications.
Please note, a condition of funding is attendance of the entire conference. Please check the conference schedule and make your plans accordingly.

Submit a proposal to present: click here! - Proposal review begins August 31, 2016, we are no longer accepting applications from non-invited speakers.

Click here to learn more about call for presentations and the conference schedule.

Organizing Committee Members:

  • Diana White (University of Colorado Denver & NAMC)
  • Brandy Wiegers (Central Washington University & NAMC)
  • Berna Falay Ok (Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU)
  • Selin Kalaycioglu, Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU

Presentations invited - focused on, but not limited to, the following:

Sharing “Math Circle” Sessions:
Participants will have the opportunity to observe numerous one-hour mathematical outreach sessions led by experienced facilitators. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss associated instructional moves and best practices.

Developing “Math Circle” Sessions:
Join one of the working groups to collaborate in designing a mathematical outreach activity. For those interested, collaborative working groups will continue over the next year.

Building and Sharing Community Knowledge:
Hear about developing and expanding Math Circle or related outreach programs, research and evaluation, fundraising, logistics and other administrative efforts to support and grow programs. Programs aimed at underserved youth will be emphasized.

These talks will be submitted in the following categories:

Category 1: Ignite or Blast talks (5 minutes).

These talks generally focus on providing a quick overview of your outreach program, or an innovative aspect of your outreach program, to other attendees. Each talk is 5 minutes in length. Not a second longer. Pre-prepared slides must be provided to the organizers by Wednesday, October 26. Each slide must be programmed to automatically rotate after 15 seconds. At most 20 slides are permitted.

Because of their format, these talks tend to be fun and high-energy. Since giving this type of talk is new to most folks, we strongly recommend practicing your talk (several times!) in advance.

Category 2: Contributed talks (20 minutes)

These talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions from the audience. These may apply to any aspects of mathematical outreach. Possible topics include: evaluation, research, assessment, recruiting and promoting your outreach program, summer and break programs, program enhancements, fundraising, and involving or expanding to include underrepresented youth.

Participants will share best practices (20 minute sessions) or will participate in group problem solving collaboration around different problems of practice (5-15 minute problem presentation within a 35 minute collaborative brainstorming session).

Category 3: “Math Circle” sessions (60 minutes)

Share your favorite mathematical outreach activity in a one-hour session with other conference attendees serving as the Circle participants, providing attendees with an activity to bring back to their outreach efforts.

Submit applications to talk here.

For information about previous Circle on the Road Conferences please visit the
Circle on the Road archive.

Circle on the Road is a program of the National Association of Math Circles organized in collaboration with the Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and is funded by the Sloan Foundation and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

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