Submitted by coveyte on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:38

Kittitas Valley Math Circle is a weekly math program for 2nd-6th grade students with their parents.

Click below to learn more:

- What is a Math Circle?
- 2nd through 6th Grade Students and Parents
- Undergraduate Math Circle Leaders
- Other Math Circle Resources
- Contact Us

A Math Circle is...

- a fun and activity community for students, teachers and their parents to explore mathematical problem solving;
- a place where people motivate each other to learn mathematics by sharing their love and enjoyment of the subject;
- a place for students to take charge of finding the answer.

Join us for the Kittitas Valley Math Circle. Check out the 2016-2017 program:

- Fall 2016 (Sept 27 - Oct 25): Probability
- Winter 2017 (Jan 24 - Feb 21): Mathematical Explosions
- Spring 2017 (Apr 25- May 23): Math Found Outside

During the Math Circle sessions the students will meet weekly on Tuesdays (6:30-7:30pm) at the CESME Office - 3rd floor CWU Science II building. Click here for a Google Map to the building. Note, parking on campus is free after 4:30 pm and we would advise you to park in the O-5 lot, across the street from the Science Building (at the intersection of Wildcat Way and 14th Ave). If you are in a handicap marked vehicle you can park in the marked spots close to Science II.

￼__Students__: Learn how to use mathematics!

__Parents__: Join us for two weeks to learn about the same games and to also join Central Professors Shiver and Rogan-Klyve to learn more about the mathematics behind the Common Core and other curriculum changes that your students are currently exploring at school.

__Apply Now!__ We will only be able to accept the first 30 students who apply so apply soon!

Application Deadlines:

- Fall 2016: Sept 26
- Winter 2017: January 17
- Spring 2017: April 24

Paperwork for Students:

**FYI: Check out the 2017-2018 program:**

- Fall 2017 (Oct 3 - Oct 31): TBA
- Winter 2018 (Jan 30 - Feb 27): TBA
- Spring 2018 (Apr 24- May 22): TBA

Participating undergrad Math Circle leaders commit to:

- participating in Math Circle Leader training:
- Fall Training: May 31 and Sept 20, 5:00 - 7:30pm
- Winter Training: January 17, 5:00 - 7:30pm
- Spring Training: April 18th, 5:00- 7:30pm

- assist at 5 Math Circle sessions

Undergraduate Math Circle Leaders applications are due May 30th, 2016.

__If you are interested in serving as an undergrad Math Circle Leader we encourage you to apply in Spring 2016:__

__University Credit for Math Circle Leaders__: There will be no university credit offered this fall (1 credit hour = 30 hours work, and we won’t be doing that much). However, students participating will have preference in the selection of next year’s Math Circle Leaders, and will be eligible to receive university credit (in the form of independent study or internship work) then.

If you are looking for other resources for young students we recommend:

**Art of Problem Solving Beast Academy**, http://www.beastacademy.com/ This is a graphic novel curriculum series for 3rd and 4th grade. Art of Problem Solving does great mathematics and this series is growing to be a highlight of their offerings.**Erich's Math Puzzles-**http://www2.stetson.edu/~efriedma/mathpuzzle.html**Julia Robinson Math Festival,**http://jrmf.org/problems.php**MSRI/ AMS Math Circle Library Books**including:**Math For Love, http://mathforlove.com/lessons/**including their Guide for Grown-Ups: How to help your kids fall in love with math**Math Kangaroo,**http://www.mathkangaroo.org/ Math Kangaroo is an international math competition for elementary students.**Math Pickle, mathpickle.com**Moebius Noodles started as a blog from a parent's efforts to bring more math to her children. The series has since grown to be a book and include online courses for students and parents.**Moebius Noodles, http://www.moebiusnoodles.com/****NY Times Numberplay, http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/category/numberplay/****NRICH- Specialists in Rich Mathematics,****http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage****Vi Hart You Tube Channel**, https://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart**Wild Maths**. http://wild.maths.org/

Kittitas Valley Math Circle is sponsored by The Central Washington University Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME), Central Washington University Department of Mathematics, Lincoln Elementary, and the National Association of Math Circles. This projects was partially supported by the CESME Faculty Program of Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA and the National Association of Math Circles Math Circle Grant program.

Dr. Brandy Wiegers, Dr. Dominic Klyve coordinate the 4th/ 5th and 6th/7th Grade Student Programs.

Dr. Janet Shiver and Professor Allyson Rogan-Kylve coordinate the 4th/ 5th Grade Parent Program.

Contact Central Washington Center for Excellence in Science & Mathematics Education (CESME): Phone: 509-963-2135 email: cesme@cwu.edu

...I have been involved in many Math Circle projects across the Bay and greater US Area including serving as:

- Current Associate Director and Founding Director of National Association of Math Circles (NAMC)
- Previous Director of the San Francisco Math Circle (2010-2014)
- Founding Director of the Bay Area Circle for Teachers (2007-2014)
- Founding Director of the Oakland/East Bay Math Circle (2007-2011)

On October 22 I presented the 'Slide Rules Rule' lesson at the Math Teachers' Circle at San Joaquin Math Teachers' Circle. This is a lesson I've been developing over the last several years and I really enjoyed the opportunity to share it with the SJMTC. They added to the lesson by sharing the time and math with me and then going over the mathematical practices and pedagogical methods I used at the end. That was a really cool experience. They highlighted my addition of "wishful thinking" to their problem solving approaches list and talked about how I had started slow and kept the whole entire group moving forward during the lesson.

Basic gist... we start by putting the amazingness of the slide rule in context - we had an airplane and sent people to the moon prior to electronic computing like we think of it today. Instead we used slide rules, charts, and less significant digits (that's were good error estimation is important!)

From there we talk about the addition and multiplication tables and compare the properties of the addition table that are nice and we wish were in the multiplication table. Specifically the addition table has these beautiful lines of 1 number so you can travel along that line and see directly what number added to x equals that number. We wish we had this linear property in the multiplication table. We rescale the multiplication to make this happen and surprise - we get the exponential scale that's used to make slide rules.

Yay!

From there we spend the rest of the day playing with slide rules! It's great fun.

Attachments: DSC06346.jpg | Multiplication_Table.png | PickettSlideRule4.pdf

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I presented the Julia Robinson Tiling Torment lesson to the San Francisco Math Circle on Monday, Sept 9th. juliarobinsonmathfestival.org/problems/TilingTorment.pdf

Thank you to Joshua Zucker for the inspirational lesson that kicked off the new year just right! Also thank you to Courtney and Gina who cut out all the tiles so the students could keep it hands on and interactive!

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