2013 : Our
Math Circles team won 1st in the Division B at the ARML competition
2013. Congratulations to all the students who competed.
December 14 -- tentative
Math Circles have been active in Toronto for several years. While
some of the students who attend simply like to work on challenging
problems, many others use the weekly circles meetings to help them
prepare for competitive mathematics contests, either individually
or as members of a team. Some of the past participants in this program
have gone on to represent Canada at the International Mathematical
Olympiad, the most elite and prestigious of these competitions.
A generous grant from Angoss Software Corporation will allow some
of the participating students to take part in competitions outside
The Fields Mathematics Circles sessions are open to high school
students (grade 9& 12) from throughout the Toronto area. Math
Circles is held at the Fields Institute on Saturday afternoons.
There are about 50 students participating on a weekly basis. There
will be 10 to 12 sessions in the fall term (late September to early
December) and another 10-12 in the winter spring term, ending by
The Math Circles concept was developed in Moscow in the 1950's as
a way to maintain the interest of bright students in mathematics.
Challenging material from outside the regular curriculum, as well
as preparation for problem solving competitions were seen as the
key to maintaining this interest. A critical component to the success
of this concept was the active involvement of some of the major
figures of the Moscow mathematical community. And, indeed, the Math
Circles proved to be highly successful with similar groups established
throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. The migration of former
Soviet scientists to the West at the end of the twentieth century
carried the concept to North America.
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