Kittitas Valley Math Circle is a weekly math program for 2nd-6th grade students with their parents.
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Join us for the Kittitas Valley Math Circle. Check out the 2016-2017 program:
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!
Paperwork for Students:
FYI: Check out the 2017-2018 program:
Participating undergrad Math Circle leaders commit to:
Undergraduate Math Circle Leaders applications are due May 30th, 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:
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: email@example.com
...I have been involved in many Math Circle projects across the Bay and greater US Area including serving as:
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.
From there we spend the rest of the day playing with slide rules! It's great fun.
Berkeley Math Circle, Tuesday October 18th
I presented Mathematical Tilings to the Berkeley Math Circle on Tuesday October 18th. Thank you to Nina Cerutti and Leo Bardomero for the work to update the lessons from Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.
San Francisco Math Circle - September 9th
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!
Geology professor Susan Kaspari, and mathematics professor Dominic Klyve will speak tomorrow at theEntering Cipher-Space: Register Now For The Kryptos Code-breaking Competition
Sharpen your pencils and engage your brain! κρυπτοσ, or Kryptos, is the annual code-breakingCWU Math Professor Awarded Prestigious MAA Prize For Exceptional Teaching
Once again, the Mathematics Department has been recognized for its outstanding faculty. Central Was