Monday, October 27, 2014


Press Contact: Darren O’Sullivan


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 .

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 To learn more about the AMC 8 at Bard, contact Japheth Wood,, or the Math Circle at
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

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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

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:

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:
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!

Japheth Wood, PhD
Bard Math Circle

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.––The Bard Math Circle is sponsoring a unique opportunity for fun and learning at a weeklong summer camp for middle school students during the last week in August.

Held on the Bard College campus, the summer program offers a wide variety of activities and programs designed to excite, nurture, and further develop the mathematical curiosity of middle school students. Campers will explore stimulating mathematical topics not typically seen in the math classroom, while sharpening their problem-solving skills through enjoyable and challenging math games and puzzles. A host of creative mathematical art projects are also planned.

We are launching the Bard Math Circle summer camp in response to the overwhelming interest in our many student Math Circle programs held during the school year,” says Japheth Wood, math professor at the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program. “We’ve been holding regular Math Circle meetings at local libraries around the Mid­Hudson Valley and have also sponsored a series of math contests. The summer camp provides another enrichment opportunity for young math enthusiasts.”

Lauren Rose, professor of mathematics at Bard College, adds, “We worked with a steering committee of local parents, teachers, math majors, and mathematics professors to design the camp program. Our undergraduate math majors played an important role in the planning. Campers will enjoy the numerous activities planned for the week as they further enhance their understanding of the richness of mathematics.”

The Bard Math Circle summer camp runs Monday, August 25 through Friday, August 29 for students entering the 7th and 8th grade in September. The camp will run from 9 am until 3:30 pm. The weeklong camp tuition is only $150. A significant portion of the program’s expenses are underwritten by the Dolciani Math Enrichment Grant administered by the Mathematical Association of America.

About the Bard Math Circle
The Bard Math Circle, founded in 2007 by Bard math professors Lauren Rose and Japheth Wood, bridges the gap between academic and recreational mathematics. Current leadership includes Bard undergraduates Eliana Miller and Jake Weissman and Bard MAT student Joy Sebesta, who work with faculty advisers to run monthly library programs in Tivoli and Kingston, as well as several contest programs. The Math Circle is a joint project of Bard’s Mathematics Program, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Trustee Leader Scholars program, a student leadership development initiative that enables undergraduates to lead hands­on community service projects. The Bard Math Circle has been instrumental in helping Bard become a center for mathematical exploration in the Hudson Valley. For further information, including a camp application form, contact or visit