Talking Stick will again offer Math Circles
beginning January 17th!
January 17, to February 21, 2012
Math Circles introduce children to mathematical thinking and mathematical concepts by presenting open-ended problems and inviting participants to use their creative thinking skills to generate possible approaches. For example, the ancient Egyptians and Greeks needed to measure land accurately enough to be able to assess taxes, yet they had no concept of fractions. In addition to using ropes and pegs, they came up with a system of using a compass and straightedge to construct diagrams to scale on “paper.” Our recent Math Circle students attempted some of these “Euclidian constructions.” While facing challenges such as “How can I create a perpendicular bisector of a line segment without a ruler or protractor?” our participants ended up discovering the need for concepts such as circle, diameter, radius, parallel, plane, point, line, tangent, arc, circumference, and so on. To loosely paraphrase Math Circle founders Bob and Ellen Kaplan, “If you want people to learn A, ask them to perform B, which requires knowledge of A to complete the task.”
The next Math Circle will run for six Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:25 beginning on January 17th, and is for students 9 and 10 years old.
There will be a Math Circle for students 11 to 13 beginning on February, and one for students 6 to 8 years old beginning in April.
More info and to register
Math Circle Blog
Space is limited, so please sign up early.
St. Thomas Whitemarsh Church
Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road
Whitemarsh, Pa, 19034