Monday, July 6, 2015

The CAMP is Waitlisted

The Creative & Analytical Math Program (CAMP) is currently full. To join the waiting list, please complete the application, as described on the CAMP Webpage.

Monday, June 1, 2015

CAMP Registration is open!

The Bard Math Circle will offer its second annual Creative and Analytical Math Program (CAMP) for students entering grades 6-9 in the fall (priority will be given to rising 7th and 8th graders). Returning CAMPers are encouraged to apply!

Dates: August 24-28, 2015
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Bard College Campus
Cost: $180

The program is intended for middle school students who have mastered the material in their math class, and are ready to tackle higher challenges. The curriculum includes mathematical problem solving, mathematical proof, computer science, and mathematical crafts. There is a focus on hands-on math, teamwork, insightful thinking and mathematical creativity.

The staff is composed of experienced math educators, many of whom majored in mathematics while at Bard College, and teaching assistants who are current undergraduate math majors. Our teaching goals are to expose local middle school students to high-level mathematical thought and topics not frequently encountered at school, and to inspire them to enjoy math and learn more.

To apply, please visit our CAMP website, Please encourage your favorite middle school math student to apply!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Purple Comet Math Meet to be held on Saturday April 18th

This year's Purple Comet contest will take place on Saturday, April 18th.
Sign up now! REGISTER

The Purple Comet is a a team-based middle school math competition for students in grades up to the 8th!

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 14th - there is still room to register! 

For more information visit the Purple Comet tab!

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:

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.