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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BARD COLLEGE MATH CIRCLE TO HOST WEEKLONG SUMMER CAMP IN AUGUST


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 bardmathcircle@gmail.com or visit camp.bardmathcircle.org.
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Chess in the Clove


Saturday, May 10, 2014
Platte Clove School Chess Club
2255 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY 12427
Swiss Tournament Challenge
Three Grade Groupings: 1-3;4-6;7-8 Unrated—5 Rounds
No Entry Fee
Trophies to Top 3 in Each Group Team Awards for 1
st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Medals to All with 2.5 or More Points Certificates for All!
Free Refreshments during Tournament
Participants and family members
Welcome to Dinner with Platte Clove Community after Tournament

Check-in: 11:00am
Games Start: 12:00am Awards: 5:00pm Dinner: 6:00pm
Please pre-register by May 7, 2014
email: pcschess@mailstack.com Or Call 518-589-5103

Monday, March 17, 2014

New! Math circle at the Germantown Library

Good news!

We're opening a new math circle at the Germantown Library, starting this Thursday at 4pm. This circle will be held on Third Thursdays of each month.

Please join us in Germantown, and share this message with your friends. If you'd like to receive regular reminders about the Germantown math circle, just send us a friendly message to bardmathcircle@gmail.com.

Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 4pm
Location: The Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Road in Germantown, NY (518.537.5800; germantownlibrary.org).
Room: The Hover Room. Please park in the rear parking area, which has direct access to the Hover Room.

The Bard Math Circle, organized by students and faculty at Bard College, is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. The Bard Math Circle offers a gentle math environment where students can explore hands-on math without time pressure. The aim is to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun. The program is geared toward students in grades 5-8, but all are welcome. The plan is for the Bard Math Circle to meet on the Third Thursday of each month at the Germantown Library. 
 
Please join us!
Bard Math Circle

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Pi-Ku - Pi Day Haiku!

Bailey Middle School held a Pi-Ku contest, and math teacher Sheila Shaffer reports that they received over 100 entries in two categories:
  • Use of imagery
  • Really about pi/circles/etc

The directions were that it had to be about circles.

And now the winners!

Imagery winner- Indira Delacorte (6th grade)

      Undisturbed
      Plant stalk blows on sand, forming a circle.  Salt stings my eyes.
      Pi, I think, patterns of delicacy, never repeating.


Circle winner- Kaitlyn  McDowell (6th grade)

      Pi, so fine.
      I thought that it was edible, but I can't eat numbers
      So I ate the piece of paper that I wrote the numbers on.


Congratulations, and Happy Pi Day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bard College Math Circle To Host the Purple Comet Math Meet for Middle School Students

Purple Comet at Bard!

This semester, the Bard Math Circle will be hosting the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students. Unlike other mathematics competitions at the middle school level, the Purple Comet Math Meet gives students the opportunity to work in teams of up to six. This teamwork gives them valuable experience working on mathematics in a collaborative environment, which is rarely experienced in school but is at the core of what professional mathematicians do regularly. The contest covers topics seldom included in the normal curriculum, including set theory and elementary number theory, and poses exceptionally challenging problems. On February 9, Bard undergraduate Math Circle organizers held the first preparation session, which allowed students to acclimate to a group-work environment. On March 2, there will be a session on strategies for working in groups efficiently and general problem-solving approaches. On March 16, the Math Circle will hold a mock contest. The final contest will take place during the first week of April. For more information please visit the Circle online at bardmathcircle.org.


About the Bard Math Circle

The Bard Math Circle, founded in 2007 by Bard math professors Japheth Wood and Lauren Rose, 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 enabling undergraduates to lead hands-on community service projects. The Bard Math Circle has been instrumental in helping Bard become a center for mathematical exploration in the Hudson Valley.

This post was a press release from Bard College: http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2530