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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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msri_header_logoMSRI and the Akamai Foundation have built a web site to support all math circles.  The National Association of Math Circles provides links to programs across the country as well has suggestions for starting math circles where they do not yet exist.

The site continues to be updated and I recently noticed a page of videos that you may find interesting.

http://www.mathcircles.org/node/77

You may need to register in order to gain access to the videos.  In addition to videos hosted by NAMC they also pointed to this YouTube video featuring Paul Zeitz and Tatiana Shubin encouraging math teachers to develop circles of their own.

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Wenhua Ma brought an interesting article to our attention from the Notices of the AMS:

Math Circles and Olympiads, MSRI Asks:  Is the U.S. Coming of Age?

The Math Circle Experience

Extracurricular circles in a variety of subjects began in Hungary in the 1800s, all with the goal of providing young students opportunities to pursue personal interests to the fullest. Today they are considered a standard part of the Eastern-Europeanstudent experience, and participation in them is regarded as just as natural as participation in sports activities is viewed in the U.S. Although there is no set protocol to a math circle experience, all circles have the same goal of sharing the intellectual appeal and beauty of mathematics with as large an audience as possible. They engage faculty from both secondary and post-secondary institutions in their operation and successfully welcome students of all backgrounds to the mathematical experience.

Circles now exist in many countries, including the U.S. (see also [1], for instance), and follow multiple styles and approaches. Given the success of the Eastern European model it is natural to ask then whether some version(s) of the math circle experience could be incorporated into the U.S. cultural norm. Could even more be accomplished?

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