**NEWS
2014**:
**Math Circles Instructors wanted! **(Apply
here)

Math Circles at the Fields Institute is looking for new volunteers
to teach bright high school students interesting topics in mathematics.
The goal of Math Circles is to introduce different topics in mathematics
not necessarily taught in school, while keeping things fun! In particular,
we are looking for instructors to do one of the following topics:

Introduction to Real Analysis

Introduction to Graph Theory

Introduction to Topology

Introduction to Groups and Rings

The Game of Go

Game Theory

Optimization

Other topics are welcome!

Lectures are held at the Fields Institute on Saturday afternoons
from 1pm - 3pm.

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**New**. Announcement from
the organizer, Sarah Sun. -- posted September 3, 2014

For 2014-14 year, Math Circles will start September 27, 2014 at
1:00 p.m. at the Fields Institute.

If you wish to participate, please don't forget to register !

We look forward to seeing many students this year. Also, we are
looking for voluteer instructors.

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**WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE**

September 27, 2014 -- First Day of Math Circles

October 4, 11, 18, 25

**OVERVIEW**

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.
Fields is committed to supporting students to take part in competitions
outside of Toronto.

**MEETINGS**

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
late May.

**HISTORY**

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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