2012 Circle on the Road

Dates: April 13-15
Location: George Washington University and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC

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:

Here is the MSRI url for the workshop.

Schedule and Other Details

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 Passed out T-Shirts to everyone, displayed photos of space. Saturday Math Circle teams met, checked 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 wandered around the Mall showing
members of the public quick math gems. Advertise for Festival on Saturday.

7:40 Everyone found dinner

Saturday – Math Festival Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution (Third level near the MathAlive! Exhibit.)
(1100 Jefferson Dr., SW.)

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

10:00 Drop in activities in the Concourse began as the public started to arrive.

10:30 – 11:30 Activities 1, … 6 ran in the classroom and concourse areas.

11:45 – 12:45 Activities 7, …12 ran in the classroom and concourse areas.

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch break

1:45 – 2:45 Activities 1, … 6 ran in the classroom and concourse areas.

3:00 – 4:00 Activities 7, …12 ran in the classroom and concourse areas.

4:30 – 5:30 Clean up/pack-up

5:30 – 6:00 Each group talked and evaluated their own session.

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

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

Math on the mall for GWU

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)

White-Wiegers Slides

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)