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Come one, come all and enjoy Pi Day with fun lectures and delicious pies.

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crawfordteachIn addition to the Metroplex Math Circle, the Dallas Metroplex will soon be home to another unique institution which will help students develop their mathematical and problem solving skills.  Mathew Crawford, well-known to the global problem solving community for his early work on the Art of Problem Solving and two books in the library of almost every competitive problem solver (Introduction to Number Theory and Intermediate Algebra)  is opening his new school, Daedalus Education.

The new facility is being built out in a convenient location along 75:  3303 North Central Expressway, Suite 270, Plano, TX

Through his previous school and online resources, Mathew Crawford has helped many young problem solvers to realize their full potentialDaedalus Education offers a curriculum designed to inspire and challenge the most gifted problem solvers and evolved from years of working with a wide variety of students.

Mr. Crawford has been interviewing students and teaching assistants for his inaugural courses beginning in the fall.  Families interested in meeting with Mr. Crawford and applying for a spot in one of his classes should contact Daedalus Education as soon as possible.

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9781118537145 cover.inddLong time Metroplex Math Circle participant and Stanford Online High School sophomore, Jacob Cordeiro, has authored Minecraft for Dummies which has just been published by Wiley.

The open-ended nature of Minecraft has made it very popular with young problem solvers and through the use of the game’s various building materials some users have built extraordinary creations.  Jacob applied many of the lessons of problem solving and logic that he learned at the Metroplex Math Circle to the entire book and especially to the fourth chapter.

The book is now available for pre-ordering or download at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Google Books and Wiley.

Please send us news about other MMC students and alumni and let us know how the Metroplex Math Circle is helping them achieve their goals.

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While we are on break from Metroplex Math Circle for the winter here is a great new video from Vi Hart.

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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest held at MIT:

  1. Victoria Xia, VA
  2. Danielle Wang, CA
  3. Julia Huang, CA
  4. JungYoon (Sara) Kim, VA
  5. Frances Ding, TN
  6. Sheela Devadas, MA
  7. Christina Chen, MA
  8. Megan Chen, IL
  9. Angela Gu, CA
  10. DiYun (Susan) Sun, Canada

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The results from the May 14th UT Arlington Math Competition are in and many MMC participants were recognized in the top 5:

  1. Pradhith Konduri, Harmony School of Excellence
  2. Niranjan Balachandar, Frankford Middle School
  3. Kevin Chang, Jasper High School
  4. Paul Cruz , Harmony School of Excellence
  5. Dominic Yurk, Paschal High School  /  Victor Zhou, St. Marks  (tie)
Congratulations to all of the participants and to Dr. Grantcharov on an a well-attended and challenging competition with participants coming from as far away as Houston.

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Evan O’Dorney, an active participant in the Berkeley Math Circle was the $100,000 winner of this year’s Intel Science Talent Search.  He joins last years’ winner, Amy Chyao, in continuing the connection between math circles and this prestigious contest.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2011 – Honoring high school seniors with exceptional promise in math and science, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced the winners of America’s most elite and demanding high school research competition, the Intel Science Talent Search.

Evan O’Dorney, 17, of Danville, Calif., won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer. Evan discovered precisely when the faster way would work. As a byproduct of Evan’s research he solved other equations useful for encrypting data. This furthered an interest he developed as early as age 2, when he was checking math textbooks out of the library.

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There is no Metroplex Math Circle this coming weekend, but if you are fortunate enough to be in the Houston area on Saturday, March 19, 2011 you can meet Dr. Titu Andreescu at the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.  Math Circle directors from around the country will be meeting in Houston and participating in this unique even which is open to the public with advance registration.

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The Mathematical Association of America awarded Dr. Zvezdelina Stankova the Haimo Award for distinguished college teaching of math.  Dr. Stankova spoke to the Metroplex Math Circle last month and she is the founder and director of the excellent, Berkeley Math Circle.

Please take the time to read the article and watch the video above which speak to the positive impact realized by Zvezdelina and math circles in her native Bulgaria and in the US.

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Amy Chyao was also recently interviewed by D Magazine.

How a Plano Student Uses Light to Fight Cancer

Amy Chyao is a self-taught chemistry superstar and certifiable genius. But it’s not a big deal.

Q: In May, you won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a project titled “Lights, Quantum Dots, Action!” Can you explain the project in a way that even I will understand?

A: It’s really not that complicated, in essence. It’s for a cancer treatment. Chemotherapy attacks healthy cells. And surgery can cause infections. So the good thing about this treatment, photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is that it doesn’t have either of these problems. The only real reason that we don’t use it today is because it’s activated by light, and it’s hard to penetrate deeper into the skin to reach the deeper tumors. What we were working on was making a drug that will allow us to reach deeper tumors with PDT. It’s an existing treatment. We’re just trying to design a new drug that will help it be even better.

 

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