Think Like A Mathematician
At Stanford, math circles are weekly gatherings of local elementary through high school students working on problems involving complex and advanced mathematical topics, guided by mathematicians and educators.
We offer four levels of mathematics circle: the Elementary Math Circle (grades 1–4), the Middle School Math Circle (grades 5–6), the Middle School Math Circle (grades 7–8), and the High School Math Circle (grades 9–12).
These programs are for students who are passionate and excited about mathematics and want to see and do more. In the elementary circle, the focus is on logical reasoning, “thinking like a mathematician”, and problem solving, rather than on mathematical acceleration. In the middle and advanced circles, students are exposed to skills and topics in higher mathematics that are outside the standard mathematics curriculum.
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Attending A Math Circle
- Stanford Math Circle is designed for students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
- Each student should bring a notebook with graph paper that is dedicated to the Math Circle, a small pencil case with a few pencils, markers or colored pencils, an eraser, a glue stick, and scissors with rounded edges. The instructors will have a few extra supplies on hand if someone forgets one of these items. All other needed materials will be provided.
- Math circle homework is an essential part of the class. It is important to spend some time with your child discussing what was done in class and spending time working (not necessarily solving) on the homework problems.
- We will also do some practice sessions for middle school and high school mathematics contests (such at the AMC contests, BAMO, ARML, etc.), but that is not our primary emphasis.
- Remember that we are visitors on a college campus and that University staff, faculty, and students may be working or attending classes nearby. We must try to minimize noise and obstructions inside University buildings, so we ask that students and families not wait in the hallways outside a classroom more than 5 minutes before class.
If you have more questions about attending a Stanford Math Circle, please consult our FAQ page.