National Association of Math Circles Wiki
Winter 2012-2013 NAMC Newsletter

Welcome to Winter 2012-2013 NAMC News including:

(1) Math Circles at the 2013 Joint Math Meetings

Other News.... See below for more details

(2) Circle on the Road 2013- Escape to Puerto Rico
Applications requesting funding must be received by Jan 24th.
(3) Upcoming Math Circle Funding Opportunities
(i) Math Circle Grant - Due Feb 1
(ii) MAA Grants: Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants - Due Feb 12
(4) Summer Math Programs Across the Country are accepting applications!
(5) Math Circles in the News: http://www.mathcircles.org/news
(6) A Math Circle Problem - to get you to the end of the email
(7) NAMC Advisory Committee
(8) Reminder - Update your Math Circle information
(9) Math Circle Communities

See below for more information...



Math Circles at the 2013 Joint Math Meetings
There will be many wonderful Math Circle events at the 2013 JMM. Visit the website for more information including details about:

Wednesday (4:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.); Minicourse-Part A: How to Run a Successful Math Circle.
Friday (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.); Math Circle Poster and Activity Session
Friday (3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) ; Minicourse- Part B: How to Run a Successful Math Circle.
Friday (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers Reception
Saturday(9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.) SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers: Demonstration for Mathematicians.
Saturday(10:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.) SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers: Demonstration for Students.
Saturday(1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.); SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers Math Wrangle Demonstration.




Circle on the Road 2012- Escape to Puerto Rico
For more information: https://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-road-2013
Deadline to apply for funding: January 24, 2013.
The workshop will bring together new and experienced leaders of math circles for students and teachers.
Workshop activities will include discussions, presentations, and a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival for the general public.

Participants will begin collaborating before the workshop to present sample Math Circle sessions during the Mathematics Festival. These activities will be collaboratively presented and refined during the workshop, providing the opportunity for a hands-on Math Circle experience.



Upcoming Math Circle Funding Opportunities

For more information about funding opportunities for Math Circles and similar programs visit http://www.mathcircles.org/Wiki_FindingSupport_FindingFunding




Summer Math Programs Across the Country are accepting applications!
Make sure to keep your Summer Math Program information up-to-date.
http://www.mathcircles.org/Wiki_FindAMathCircleNearYou_SummerPrograms

We've heard from the following programs that they are prepared to accept applications:
- Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics
- MathPath
- Awesome Math




Math Circles in the News:
Math Circles across the country are doing many great things, check them out!
We would like to congratulate everyone involved in these achievements!



Math Circle Problem: Help! My little sibling crunched my knots.
The first crunched knotted loop is on the left. I was able to restore the loop to its symmetric form without breaking the loop. The restored version is on the right.

Notice that the restored version has 1/2 rotational symmetries through three perpendicular axes. Can you help me restore my second loop into a nice symmetrical figure without breaking it? It is shown below:

Try to make symmetric pictures of other knots. Draw random curves with 3 - 11 crossings
and see what you can find. You can find a list of knots at
Knot Table

Hint: Does the simplest rational tangle have any symmetry? What happens when one is rotated? What happens when one is twisted?

See the Knot Symmetry lesson plan. If you try this problem in your math circle leave comments on the lesson plan page, and let us know how it worked. It is a follow-up to the well known rational tangle lesson plan.





NAMC Advisory Committee
We are thankful to our NAMC Advisory Committee, the leaders of the NAMC Math Circle movement. These leaders are assisting with finding funding for Math Circles, NAMC website development, Math Circle programs like Circle on the Road, and so much more. Visit the website to meet the NAMC Advisory Committee

If you are interested in joining a NAMC Advisory Committee or SubCommittee, Contact us!



Update your Math Circle information
We currently have 145 Math Circles listed on our MathCircles.org website.
If you organize one of these Circles please make sure your information is up-to-date. This is the number one way for students and teachers to find you! If your circle is now inactive, please do not delete it. Instead, put a note that it is now inactive.



Math Circle Communities
To see more Math Circle News and Upcoming Events visit the website, http://www.mathcircles.org. More community features are soon to come to the mathcircles.org website but while you’re waiting join us for 2 community interactions.
Circle of Circles Group
Facebook Page