Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop & April Newsletter

Bay Area Circle for Teachers Summer Workshop 2010, June 21-25  - APPLY NOW!

This is a FREE week-long professional development opportunity at UC Berkeley. Our funders will provide housing, food and supplies for the week for all participants.

We ask that all participants remain on site, even those within commuting distance, since collegial interaction and evening activities form an important part of the workshop.

Have you attended BACT previously? This is still an opportunity for you!

This year we’re going to be opening up the Summer BACT Workshop to repeat teachers, with new sessions for teachers who have attended previously. We’re just asking that teachers who have attended previously also find another teacher to apply with you.

Please note: This year we won’t be offering an honorarium/ stipend. We decided instead to support having more teachers attend the workshop.

Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-served basis, and spaces are expected to fill up fast, so please apply ASAP! Decisions will be sent via email to applicants on a rolling basis.

Applications currently being accepted: https://secure.msri.org/forms/oebtc/application

For more information visit the website, http://bact.mathcircles.org/summer

Flyer for the workshop: http://bact.mathcircles.org/files/Winter10/BACT_SummerWorkshop_Flyer.pdf

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Find us on Facebook.

We’ve started a Bay Area Circle for Teachers Facebook Page.

We’ll post upcoming events (like those below) that may be of interest.  Don’t worry – we’ll still send out this newsletter but this way you’ll receive more regular updates.

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Additionally, in this month’s newsletter we have information about ….

1. Julia Robinson Math Festival – at Stanford, May 2

2. National Labs Day – May 12, 2010

3. Math Teachers’ CIrcles (MTC) Network Special Session at NCTM 2010 Annual Meeting (Wednesday, April 21, 2:00-5:30)

4. American Institute of Mathematics Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Workshop

5. NYTimes Mathematics Series by S. Strogatz

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Julia Robinson Math Festival – at Stanford, May 2

This math festival is intended for students in grades 6-12.  It consists of mathematical activities, a math-circle style talk, and of course, prizes.  The festival is named in honor of Julia Robinson, the Berkeley mathematician who, among other important discoveries, made significant contributions to the solution of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem.

The mathematical activities will cover a wide variety of mathematical topics, including abstract problem-solving techniques like symmetry and parity as well as content ranging from arithmetic and algebra through combinatorics and topology. Students will have time to visit at least five or six activities during the morning session.  A sample activity can be found at http://www.msri.org/specials/festival/Candy%20Conundrum%20Student%20Handout.pdf if you like.  Each activity table will be staffed by a math expert, and upon reaching certain milestones in their understanding of the mathematics behind the puzzle or game or activity, students will be rewarded with raffle tickets for the prize drawings. Thanks to our sponsors (the desJardins/Blachman fund, as well as Stanford’s Mathematics Department and Education Program for Gifted Youth) we have an impressive array of prizes!

The sign-up pages are active now.

We’re doing one festival in the AM and another in the PM

- obviously each student can only choose 1.
https://secure.msri.org/forms/jrmf2010/stanford1
and
https://secure.msri.org/forms/jrmf2010/stanford2
are the registration pages.

The registration fee for this event is $10 PER STUDENT.

You will be taken to the payment page after you click the registration button.

We are using PayPal to collect registration fees and T-shirt orders, but you do not need a PayPal account to make a payment.

If you are financially unable to pay the registration fee, you may request to have your registration fee waived. Your registration will still be accepted and the students can still attend the event. However, payment is still required for any T-shirts ordered.

For more information about the Julia Robinson Math Festival, visit http://www.msri.org/specials/festival

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National Labs Day – May 12, 2010

http://www.nationallabday.org/

National Lab Day is more than just a day.It’s a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with  educators and students to bring discovery-based science  experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition.

Visit the website to learn more: http://www.nationallabday.org/

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Math Teachers’ Circles (MTC) Network Special Session at

NCTM 2010 Annual Meeting (Wednesday, April 21, 2:00-5:30)

Flyer: http://bact.mathcircles.org/files/Winter10/2010_sandiego_special_session%20W21.pdf

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American Institute of Mathematics Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Workshop

We are currently recruiting for our Summer 2010 workshop,

http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/circle/index.html

which will be held at AIM in Palo Alto, July 6-9. For more details, visit the website:

http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/program.html#aimcircle

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NY Times Mathematics Series by S. Strogatz

The New York Times is doing some very interesting articles centered around public awareness and appreciation of mathematics.

Steven Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received the E.M. Baker Award, an institute-wide teaching prize selected solely by students. “Chaos,” his series of 24 lectures on chaos theory, was filmed and produced in 2008 by The Teaching Company. He is the author,  most recently, of “The Calculus of Friendship,” the story of his 30-year correspondence with his high school calculus teacher.

The first article:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/from-fish-to-infinity

The entire series can be found here:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/steven-strogatz/

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