Math
Circles
Come to
Santa Barbara

 Math circles
began over 100 years ago in Eastern Europe and have been flourishing
there and in Russia and Asia for generations. They came to the
United States a mere 20 years ago. All math circles take a “problemdiscussion
approach to math education” and expose young students to
professional mathematicians and mathematical scientists. Although
some participate in math competitions, most emphasize exploration
and discovery.





 In 2009, SB
Family School collaborated with the Department of Mathematics at
UCSB to start the first math circle in Santa Barbara, for junior
high students. We began jointly planning it by attending Great Circles
2009, a workshop about math circles sponsored by the Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at U.C.Berkeley, in April, and
held our first meeting in October.



In January 2010, SB Family School started the first high school
math circle in Santa Barbara, the Santa
Barbara Math Ellipse, while UCSB continued running the junior
high math circle.
Then in October 2010, UCSB switched its junior high math
circle to be a high school math circle, so SB Family School started a middle school branch of the Santa
Barbara Math Ellipse, which morphed into an upper elementary school math circle in April 2013.
There may also be a branch
of the Santa Barbara Math Ellipse for lower elementary school
students in the future. To get on the email list for this new
group, please contact
us.





 In
2011, SB Family School ran an elementary school math
circle at the Santa Barbara Charter School. The Art of Math:
The SBCS Math Circle met after school at
SBCS once a week from April to December. If you're interested in having SB Family School
bring a math circle to your school, please contact
us.

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