Welcome to the WMMC!

Welcome to the Western Massachusetts Math Circle! We are currently running events for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 in the Westfield Public Schools. The schedule of events is below.

We also have plans to run a math festival and will post information here when it is available.

Past Events

  • May 2 and 9, 2018

Our intern for the semester, Corey Pooler, took over for these two weeks and led an exploration around the Euler characteristic. Planes, spheres, and tori ... oh my!

  • April 4 and 11, 2018

Our activities this week tested our deductive reasoning skills through the game of Zendo. Can you deduce the hidden rule and become the Zendo master!?

  • March 14, 2018

We celebrated pi day in style by exploring the game Prime Climb and thinking about prime factorizations. Happy pi day!

  • February 14, 2018

For Valentines day we had special valentine themed activities. We worked through Mobius hearts, and moved on to work with modular arithmetic seeing how we could draw a cardioid heart on a clock!

  • December 12 and 14, 2017

We had a special guest this week when Dr. Daniel Schultheis came to visit us from Smith College. He brought us an interesting picture hanging activity where we actually want pictures to fall off the wall!

  • November 14 and 16, 2017

This week we ventured into the world of origami and tried to determine which shapes we could cut out of paper with one straight cut! Can you cut out the scalene triangle?

  • October 10 and 12, 2017

This week for our math circle we participated in Global Math Week! We had fun exploding dots and learning about different based number systems. If you are interested you can see more exploding dots here.

  • September 12 and 14, 2017

Math Circles have kicked off for the 2017 school year and we began by exploring the games Chomp! and Taxman. Can you find a strategy to beat these games?!

  • June 5, 2017

Our final event of the school year had us outside shooting off stomp rockets! We had a lot of great designs and lost some rockets on the roof of the school. Have a great Summer!

  • May 15, 2017

This month we investigated the game Spot It! and tried to create our own Spot It! games. Can you create a Spot it game with 13 symbols on every card?

  • April 24, 2017

In the month of April we explored the area of combinatorics through counting how many fist bumps we could have in a group of people. We found a formula and related it to adding up consecutive integers!

  • March 20, 2017

This event was held at North Middle School and we explored logic through classic knights and knaves problems. Can you tell who is a knight and who is a knave?

  • February 27, 2017

Our first official math circle event was held at North Middle School and we worked on cryptography discovering several new ways to encode secret messages.

  • January 14, 2017

Our second kickoff event was also held at Westfield State University and we worked on dissecting Mobius bands and some game theory.

  • December 3, 2016

Our first kickoff event! We met at Westfield State University in the new science building and worked on some graph theory and straight cut origami.