The funds will be used to expand
the program, maintain strong leadership, and allow more students the opportunity
Circles are held each Saturday at the Fields Institute and are open to high school
students from throughout the Toronto area. The program helps to maintain the interest
of bright students in mathematics by offering them challenging mathematics problems
outside their regular curriculum. The Math Circles allow students the opportunity
to improve their skills and prepare for local competitive mathematics contests.
Some of the students who have gone through this program have gone on to represent
Canada at the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most elite and prestigious
of mathematics competitions.
Fields Math Circles have been organized and run by volunteers Larry Rice and Rad
de Peiza for one year and have become increasingly popular with local students.
"The students really enjoy being challenged with new mathematics problems
and mathematics competitions," says de Peiza. "They improve their skills,
increase their confidence and make new friends. These kids show great promise
for math-related careers."
fifty students currently attend the Fields Math Circles each week. The generous
grant from Angoss Software Corporation will allow more students from various schools
in Toronto to participate in the program. It will also allow some students the
opportunity to participate in mathematics competitions outside of the city.
Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading
independent mathematical research institutions. With a wide array of pure, applied,
industrial, financial and educational programs, The Fields Institute attracts
over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on
leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Field's Institute
is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities,
seven affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors. See www.fields.utoronto.ca
for further details.
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