About Math Circles

What is a Math Circle?

Math Circles are a form of education outreach and enrichment through which mathematicians and mathematical scientists share their passion with K-12 teachers and students. Math Circles bring K-12 students or K-12 mathematics teachers together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The Math Circles combine significant content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics.

Other Math Circles

Bard Math Circle

The Bard Math Circle is run out of Bard College in New York. This is our formal mentor circle through the Math Circle Mentoring and Partnership (MC-MAP) program run through the National Association of Math Circles. We are being mentored by Japheth Wood a professor at Bard College. 

Kittitas Valley Math Circle

The Kittitas Valley Math Circle is run by Brandy Wiegers, a professor at Central Washington University. She was one of the leaders of the MC-MAP a math circle mentoring program that we participated in during the 2016 - 17 academic year.

National Association of Math Circles

Math circles are also organized by the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC) which hosts a website full of resources for math circles and information about math circles.

Large Math Circles