The Calvin University Math Circle is an opportunity for 6th–8th grade students (typically 11–13 years old) to engage with exciting problems and topics in mathematics. Meetings are led by a professor in the Calvin math department and typically begin with a warmup activity or game that leads into the day's problem or topic. The Math Circle seeks to generate enthusiasm for problem-solving in mathematics. Students also discover applications of mathematics and participate in a community that nurtures critical thinking, communication, and abstraction. If you have questions about whether Math Circle may be right for your student, please call or send email!
Time & Location
We meet at Calvin University in North Hall 276 on Monday afternoons. For Winter 2020 we will meet from February 3 through March 23 (eight sessions). Parking is available in Lot 5 (west of the engineering building) and Lot 6 (west of the aquatic center).
- 3:45–4:00 p.m.: setup and arrival
- 4:00–5:15 p.m.: main activity
- 5:15pm: dismissal
Cost & Application
- Updated July 17, 2020: Due to uncertainty related to the ongoing pandemic, we regret to inform that we will not be able to run Math Circle in Fall 2020. We intend to make a decision regarding a Winter 2021 offering sometime in November. Be well!
- Tuition is $80 per semester
- Registration is via Eventbrite (space limited to 20 students)
- At the first meeting please bring a signed copy of the consent form
Calendar (Winter 2020)
|Monday, February 3||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||Frogs and Toads||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, February 10||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||Amida-Kuji||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, February 17||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||Josephus Problem||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, Ferbuary 24||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||Folding Shapes||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, March 2||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||Pennies & Paperclips||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, March 9||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||Squares and More Squares||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, March 16||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||*canceled due to pandemic*|
|Monday, March 23||4:00–5:15 p.m.||NORTH HALL 276||*canceled due to pandemic*|
The Math Circle is an enrichment activity that explores topics generally outside the regular mathematics curriculum. It is for 6th-8th grade students (typically 11-13 years old) who are interested in problem-solving and applications.
Math Circles originated in Russia in the 1930s, appeared in the United States in the 1990s, and are promoted by the National Association of Math Circles. Nearby circles include the Michigan Math Circle (Ann Arbor, MI) and the Maize & Blue Math Circle (Dearborn, MI).