Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Join the Math Circle Institue at Notre Dame, July 7 to 11

Math Circle Institute
July 7th – 11th, 2014 

The seventh annual Math Circle Institute will be held on the Campus of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, from July 7th to 11th, 2014. Both novice and experienced Math Circle leaders are welcome. Bob and Ellen Kaplan, Amanda Serenevy, and Nathan Pflueger will demonstrate the Math Circle approach, and participants will prepare and teach their own Math Circle classes with 1st to 12th grade students who attend each afternoon.

Applications can be made by e-mail to kaplan@math.harvard.edu.

The institute is wonderful. If you can go, do it. You'll be so glad you did.

[Past blog posts about my experiences there: year three, year five, year six. (I can't believe I never posted about the first two amazing years.) And a post sharing Rodi Steinig's experiences at the Institute, including her great list of quotes from Bob, which became the lovely list now known as Becoming Invisible.]

Here's a repost of what I wrote about it a few years ago...

Bob & Ellen Kaplan (founders of the Boston area math circles, and authors of Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free and many other intriguing math books),  along with Amanda Serenevy (founder of Riverbend Community Math Center), run the fabulous week-long Math Circle Institute, held on the beautiful campus of Notre Dame. This summer is their 7th annual Institute.

For only $850, you get room and board... (The food is amazingly good for such a huge operation - not quite up to my personal organic, local, sustainable standards, but really yummy, with an incredible variety of choices.) ... and then you get to play with math all day. My friend, Ellen H, and I used to call it the math spa. (We went swimming every morning before breakfast.)

The first year I was amazed that I could do math all day long and never get tired of it. There's lots of freedom to explore in whatever way works best for you.

Arrive: Sunday, July 6 (or as early as you can on Monday, July 7). Notre Dame is in South Bend, Indiana, 2 hours from Chicago.

Five days of math circle mania:
  • participate in math circles in the mornings,
  • run one math circle for kids late one afternoon, and watch your colleagues try it out on the other afternoons,
  • discuss the ins and outs of math circles and other fun ways of doing math in the early afternoons,
  • informal math play in the evenings,
  • play with Amanda's collection of math toys and browse her collection of math books, whenever you want,
  • plot, plan, and socialize to your heart's content in between all that.
Depart: Saturday, July 12

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