Friday, January 23, 2015

Take the AMC 10/12 B at Bard on Wednesday, February 25!

The Bard Math Circle is proud to offer

the AMC 10/12 B contests 

free of charge on Wednesday, February 25, starting at 4pm.  After the contest, students will be treated to pizza an engaging math talk

The Mathematics of Data Security
by professor Joe Kirtland, Marist College

On 3 Saturdays leading up to the contest, Bard undergraduate math majors will lead preparation sessions that focus on the mathematics of the AMC.

For more information and to register, please visit: goo.gl/nZmeQW

Monday, October 27, 2014

BARD MATH CIRCLE TO HOST AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION AND TALK ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Press Contact: Darren O’Sullivan
osulliva@bard.edu
845.758.7649
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BARD MATH CIRCLE TO HOST AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION AND TALK ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Tuesday, November 18, the Bard Math Circle will host the middle-school-level American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8) exam. In its third year at Bard, this 25-question, 40-minute exam contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle-school level, and is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and foster a healthy attitude toward mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle-school-level mathematics at a deeper level than is ordinarily encountered in the schools. The contest, followed by a talk, takes place from 4–7 p.m. in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center. The competition is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the competition and weekly prep sessions visit http://tinyurl.com/2014BardAMC8 .

In 2013 more than 150,000 students from more than 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest, including 83 students from 31 schools who took the exam at Bard. AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual project sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. The Bard Math Circle is also offering weekly prep sessions every Saturday until the exam to help students develop problem-solving strategies and expose them to math that they will encounter on the test. After the math contest, Japheth Wood, assistant professor of mathematics Master of Arts in Teaching Program, will present a talk on the mathematical theory of games.

For more information about the AMC competitions, please visit amc.maa.org. To learn more about the AMC 8 at Bard, contact Japheth Wood, jwood@bard.edu, or the Math Circle at bardmathcircle@gmail.com.
The Bard Math Circle, organized by students and faculty at Bard College, is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and upper elementary students. The Bard Math Circle brings puzzles and games and runs hands-on workshops in local libraries and schools to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills, and to make math more fun. The Bard Math Circle also runs a competition program, and a summer academic math program. Learn more about our programs at bardmathcircle.org.

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(10/24/14)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Approaches

The Bard Math Circle is excited to finish up a productive September with events at the Tivoli and Kingston Libraries, and prepare for an October jam-packed with events.

This Friday, October 3rd at 4:00 PM we will begin with our monthly visit to the Tivoli Free Library. We will be offering puzzles and games, a hands-on math project, and a challenging problem set. Sign up here to attend, although we always welcome walk-ins.

On Saturday, October 18th we will be having a Math Circle on Bard College campus in the Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation. This event will feature our open-classroom format, with puzzles, problems, and hands-on mathematics. Our Bard student volunteers are working hard to develop a series of math activities that should make for a fun, somewhat carnival-style environment.

Additionally, in preparation for the AMC8 middle school mathematics competition in November we will be hosting weekly prep sessions starting this Saturday, October 4th.

You can sign up here for the Circle on the 18th at Bard and the AMC8 prep program.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Bard Math Circle Begins Its Fall Programming at the Tivoli Free Library

Welcome back all to a new school year! Our programming for the Fall 2014 semester will begin at the Tivoli Free Library on Friday, September 12th at 4:00 PM. To sign up to attend this event please fill out the form here. As always, we also welcome walk-ins.

We will provide a challenging problem set, a hands-on project, and a suite of puzzles and games. If you have never been to one of our Circles, now is a great time to start!

Other events at the Tivoli Free Library will be held on October 3rd, November 7th, and December 5th. See our page of library programs for a more complete list of Circles in the Hudson Valley this Fall.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall 2014 Programs

Congratulations on the start of the school year! Bard College and the surrounding school districts are coming back into session, and we're excited about math circle programming for the fall.

Events at Bard College, Fall 2014

Saturday, October 18, 1-3pm. Math Circle, including puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. We help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun.

Saturday, November 15, 1-3pm. Math Circle, including puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. We help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun.

Tuesday, November 18, 4-7pm. The AMC 8. This Contest contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle school level. The exam is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and a healthy attitude towards mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle school level mathematics at a deeper level than ordinarily encountered in the schools. And after the exam, students will be treated to an engaging math talk from a Bard math professor.

Each of these events is free, but students must register in advance. A registration form will be posted on this page in September. If you'd like us to email you the announcement for when registration opens, please send us a friendly email to bardmathcircle@gmail.com.

Library Programs

Each month also features a math circle at the Kingston and Tivoli libraries. Visit our library page to learn more!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Euclid the Game

A really nice website just stumbled upon is Euclid the Game.

This game starts by challenging you to construct an equilateral triangle, given a segment, with just 3 simple tools that approximate a straightedge and compass.

From there, you progress through some standard constructions that everyone should know (but none do, of course - that makes it more fun). I can't wait to see how far these constructions progress.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bard Math Circle Survey - please participate!

Dear Math Circle Participant,
Please help us measure the impact of our math circles by participating in the following math circle survey:

Math Circle Survey: http://goo.gl/vO77DM

This survey is being conducted by the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC), a program of the Math Science Research Institute (MSRI) of Berkeley, CA. The Bard Math Circle has received support from NAMC in the form of several mini-grants over the years, which has helped us provide math enrichment programming at no charge. For more details, you can read our annual reports at the bottom of our documents page: http://www.bardmathcircle.org/p/math-circle-problem-sets.html
The math circle movement in the US is at a very early stage of development, and mathematicians across the country are sharing math problems, lesson plans, and developing best practices. NAMC and other groups support math circle activities, and seek funding through grants and donations. This survey is intended to quantitatively measure the impact of math circle activities, and this information will be of enormous help in improving programming, and gaining additional funding.

To participate in the survey, your parent or guardian must sign the waiver form on the first page of the survey. It's a little over the top in terms of legalese, but that is standard for high quality surveys designed to collect data for educational studies. Please do participate!
Sincerely,

Japheth
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Japheth Wood, PhD
Bard Math Circle