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## What is a math circle?A math circle is a program of outreach and educational enrichment that brings mathematical ideas to pre-college students. By their nature, math circles are informal, exploratory and open-ended. Participants work together on mathematical questions and problem, sometimes over several sessions. Math circles have been part of the mathematical culture in Russia for decades and have been in the United States for over 30 years. Different circles take different forms. Some are focused on competitive problem solving (preparing students for competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad or the American Mathematical Competitions), others give students an introduction to mathematics research and other groups work on specific projects over a period of time. In the United States, there are several organizations that provide support and training for math circles. The National Association of Math Circles maintains a database of circles in the United States and links to resources. The Math Teachers' Circle Network works with middle school mathematics teachers to establish a deep culture of problem solving. The SIGMAA on Circles for Students and Teachers, supported by the Mathematical Association of America, works with students from elementary school through high school, their teachers, and others to foster a deep excitement for mathematics. |