What is Albany Area Math Circle?
What is Albany Area Math Circle
Albany Area Math Circle (AAMC) is a group of high school students from all over the Capital District who meet for three hours each Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. to collaborate on exciting and challenging math problems together.
You might call it “Extreme Math.” The problems are “outside-the-box.” Students need to come with enthusiasm for working hard and cheerfully making mistakes (which are inevitable—everyone makes them, even the veterans who have been part of the circle for many years. The adults advising the group cheerfully admit that they make mistakes as well—it is part of the fun of the experience.) The key is for all members of the circle to share their half-baked approaches and ideas and discover that the whole really is more than the sum of the parts. The essence of the fun is a “Shared Aha! Experience” when several students finally crack a problem together.
AAMC started up with a handful of students in 2001, but it has grown and flourished over the years. Our high school members meet weekly on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. and have had many exciting adventures and successes in math contests for high school students including the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, Princeton University Math Contest, NYSML, ARML, AMC10/12, American Invitational Math Exam, and the USA Math Olympiad. The calendar on this page shows the scheduled activities for our high school student members this year.
Many AAMC high school student members serve as coaches of local MATHCOUNTS teams. Other high school student members have started up smaller satellite middle school math circles. Many of our alumni currently in college, graduate school, or beyond enjoy visiting and working with math circle when they are back home during vacations.
For more information about AAMC, see Frequently Asked Questions about Albany Area Math Circle.