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Circle on the Road Spring 2012 April 13, 2012 - April 15, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2012 almost 5 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: January 13, 2012 about 5 years ago
Location: George Washington University
Organizers Dave Auckly, Robert Sachs, Amanda Serenevy, Dan Ullman

This workshop will bring together new and experienced leaders of math circles for students and teachers. We welcome
anyone who is interested in learning more about math circles, especially teachers.

Workshop activities will include discussions, presentations, and a mathematics festival to be held outside of the MathAlive! exhibit that will be in the Smithsonian Institution.

Participants will begin collaborating before the workshop to develop sample math circle sessions that they will present during the festival. These activities will be collaboratively evaluated and refined during the workshop.

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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Apr 13, 2012
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
  Welcome and introduction. What are we going to produce?
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM
  Featured mathematics activities - Scrap Heap Projects (Erica Voolich)
04:05 PM - 05:05 PM
  Sample Math Circle Demonstration (Blake Thornton)
05:10 PM - 05:40 PM
  Pass out T-Shirts to everyone, display photos of space. Saturday Math Circle teams meet, check supplies and hand-outs, go over activity one last time.
05:40 PM - 06:40 PM
  Student Run Circles (Panel - Katherine "Matt" Droujkova, Joshua Frye, Alan Du, Johnny Li, Daniela Ganelin)
06:50 PM - 07:40 PM
  Mathematical Street Performances group wanders around the Mall showing members of the public quick math gems. Advertise for Festival on Saturday.
Apr 14, 2012
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Arrive at Smithsonian and set up concourse and classrooms for activities.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Drop in activities in the Concourse begin as the public starts to arrive.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Activities 1, ... 6 run in the classroom and concourse areas.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  Activities 7, ...12 run in the classroom and concourse areas.
12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
  Lunch break
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
  Activities 1, ... 6 run in the classroom and concourse areas.
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  Activities 7, ...12 run in the classroom and concourse areas.
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Clean up/pack-up
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
  Each group talks and evaluates their own session.
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Banquet--For the first 5 min we hand out packet of activity hand-outs with suggestion forms. -Over hors d'oeuvres each team gives a 3 min description of their activity.
Apr 15, 2012
08:00 AM - 09:15 AM
  From the Math Teacher's Circle to the Math Teacher's Classroom (Panel - Glenn Stevens, Jason Ermer, Florence Fasanelli, Anne (Sage) Moore, Susan Shaw)
09:15 AM - 09:35 AM
  Breakfast Snacks
09:40 AM - 10:25 AM
  Evaluation: Ways to Evaluate Math Circles, What we know about how well they work, what we need to do to have better evidence. (Joint Presentation: Diana White, Brandy Wiegers)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Elementary Math Circles (Panel - Rodi Steinig, Bill Mueller, Laura Givental, Daniela Ganelin)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  Different Audiences: Teachers’ Circles, Summer Programs, Student Circles (Panel - Glenn Stevens, Steve Maurer, Mira Bernstein, Paul Zeitz)
02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
  Inspiring Students and Removing the Stigma of Failure (Gordon Hamilton)