Thursday, April 23, 2009

Math Circles Allow Youth to Explore Mathematics Beyond the Classroom

Math Circles, which originally were born in the Soviet Union and other Eastern European nations, have been spreading across the US for at least 30 years. While many of these circles connect mathematicians with high-level learners, the structure of Math Circles is actually accessible to youth of all abilities and ages. There are math circles for kindergartners and for adults. Some have worked to connect students at the highest level of achievement with others who are just interested in math for fun.

Now there is a resource available that can help you find a circle near you or start a math circle of your own. Circle in a Box is freely available from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at UC Berkeley.

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