Calendar

Session schedule

All sessions meet in AP&M B412 at the UCSD campus (click here for maps and directions) run according to the following approximate schedule:

8:30 a.m.

Doors open

8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.

Enjoy a complimentary light breakfast (bagels, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee)

9:00 a.m.—9:55 a.m.

Session  1

9:55 a.m.— 10:05 a.m.

Break

10:05 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Session 2

11:00 a.m.—11:15 a.m.

Wrap-up

Date

Time

Location

Topic

Discussion leader

RSVP

Handouts

10/17/15

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Games with Uncertainty

David Patrick

 

Games with Uncertainty

Estimathon

11/14/15

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Fun with Euler

Yana Mohanty

 

Fun with Euler

Selected Answers

Criss-Cross on a Balloon

12/12/15

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Problem Based Learning

Po-Shen Loh

 

expii.com

Cross-numbers and other challenges from the UK

2/20/16

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Fibonacci Numbers

David Patrick

 

Fun with Fibonacci

3/19/16

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Rational Tangles Dance

Yana Mohanty

 

Rational Tangles Dance

4/09/16

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Game Morning!

David Patrick

 

Game Morning

San Diego

Math Teachers’

Circle

Past years’ calendars and handouts are available at the links below.

Brief session Descriptions

Text Box: Games with Uncertainty									October 17, 2015
A lot of games have uncertainty or randomness. We'll start with a team activity to kick off the new school year in which uncertainty is the central feature. Then, we'll look at some mathematical games in which some of the information is unknown or uncertain to the player(s), and discuss strategies to deal with this uncertainty.
Text Box: Fun with Euler								                 November 14, 2015
Euler’s Characteristic, defined for polyhedral surfaces as V-E+F, has significance that belies its simplicity. Fortunately, it lends itself to playful exploration with students from approximately 6th grade upwards. In this session we will “rediscover” Euler’s Characteristic through a simple game and apply it to a number of surfaces. Along the way, we will encounter some useful counting principles and work with nets of polyhedra.
Text Box: Problem Based Learning with special guest speaker, Po-Shen Loh	        December 12, 2015
Come join us for some enriching mathematical problem solving!  The first hour will be spent in an interactive workshop where Po-Shen Loh will share some of the problems and mathematics he uses to convince young minds to pursue happiness in mathematical problem-solving. If time permits, he will also share details about his initiative to crowd-source interactive math and science lessons at expii.com. The methods and content presented will be accessible for all levels
Po-Shen Loh is a math enthusiast and evangelist.  He is the National Coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and founder of expii.com, an "Interactive Wikipedia" for learning math and science.  As a professional mathematician, Po-Shen has numerous distinctions, from the National Science Foundation's CAREER award to an International Mathematical Olympiad silver medal. He regularly travels the world speaking to diverse audiences to popularize math, and was most recently in New York to give the August public lecture at the National Museum of Mathematics. 
Text Box: Fibonacci Numbers 								         February  20, 2016
You've possibly heard of the Fibonacci numbers, but how much do you really know about them? We'll explore some unusual and surprising facts about the Fibonacci numbers, and learn about some of the unexpected places where the Fibonacci numbers pop up.
Text Box: Rational Tangles Dance 								             March 19,  2016
John H. Conway’s rational tangles is a multi-sensory math activity that can be enjoyed at a number of different levels. It is a great way to get middle school students moving and practicing their fractions all at the same time. For those with a hankering for deeper mathematics, there is plenty of that too. Dance shoes are optional at this hands-on AND feet-on session full of fraction fun. 
Text Box: Game Morning! 								         	                 April 9, 2016
The card games SET, Socks, Swish, and Spot It! not only have the letter "S" in common, but more importantly they all have substantial mathematical content. Plus, they're all fun to play! Come learn about pattern matching, combinatorics, probability, symmetry, and finite geometry during our fun end-of-the-school-year session.

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