Math Circles are communities focused on the enjoyment of mathematical problem solving. Meetings are lively, interactive, and often “funstrating”: challenging, but in a highly rewarding way!
There are nearly 300 Math Circles around the U.S., including approximately 150 Math Teacher Circles and another 150 Math Student Circles. Check out our map to see if there’s one near you, or contact us to learn how to start your own!
Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) is training the intellectual leaders of the next generation. AoPS Outreach Initiatives is building a diverse pipeline of students prepared to pursue the highest levels of STEM academically and professionally. We equip communities historically underrepresented in STEM with math enrichment resources at no cost to students, families, or schools.
Using our colorful textbooks, online games and live classes, students explore and master advanced mathematics, and develop into inspired problem solvers, ready to tackle the future’s toughest problems.
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival aims to inspire joy in mathematics through exploration and collaboration. We do this through engaging educators and students through festive events, supporting underserved and underrepresented communities, and creating high-quality, accessible materials.
Math for Love is devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. We support a play-based, rigorous approach on mathematics, with a summer curriculum and award-winning games including Prime Climb, Tiny Polka Dot, Multiplication by Heart, and more. We share openers, games, and rich tasks for grades K – 10 in our Free Lesson Library, as well as puzzles for middle and high schoolers.
Mathigon is a free Mathematical Playground with best-in-class virtual manipulatives, engaging and interactive courses, and a range of mathematical activities including a Timeline of Mathematics, a yearly puzzle calendar, and an Almanac of Interesting Numbers. Visit the Tutorials and PD page to learn more about using Mathigon and explore the task page to find a growing library of lesson plans, teaching ideas, puzzles, games, and more.
Natural Math is a community for families, math circles, and other learning groups. We are interested in creating rich, multi-sensory experiences for our children early on. We want to introduce them to the exciting and complex world around them. Everything can be a learning tool, a rich toy, and a conversation starter.
Math Kangaroo USA is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of helping students love math. Math Kangaroo’s focus is on popularizing mathematics from an early age, teaching students new strategies for solving word and logic problems, and helping them with critical thinking.
For 26 years, Math Kangaroo has organized an annual international mathematical competition for thousands of students in grades K-12. Math Kangaroo’s resources include free sample questions, free workshops, free video questions and solutions, and webinars. Additionally, high school participants can engage in President’s Volunteer Service Award certified volunteer opportunities, and Math Kangaroo extends internship opportunities to alumni.
The Global Math Project is a community of people who want all learners and teachers across the globe to experience joy in school-relevant mathematics.
The project’s vision is to bring the world together through common math experiences, opening the doors for all.
Over 7 million students, teachers, and math enthusiasts from more than 150 countries have experienced our transformative approach to mathematics.
MathHappens Foundation brings hands-on, engaging math models and learning experiences to events and programs hosted by informal education institutions, makerspaces, libraries, museums and public venues of all kinds. We incorporate history, culture and community into our field trip programs and we use digital technology like laser cutters to make models, displays and activities that not only teach the math, but inspire and empower participants to design and make their own learning materials. We are interested in communicating mathematical ideas, engaging a diverse learner population and supporting other educators through grants, collaborations, and an open exchange of ideas.
The Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles is a global and inclusive community of Math Circles supporting Indigenous students and teachers. Tribal participation in the Alliance includes mathematicians students, teachers and other leaders from the Hopi, Choctaw of Oklahoma, Chickasaw of Oklahoma, and Pueblo tribes of New Mexico. We have also worked with Indigenous students, teachers, and leaders from the Highlands of Guatemala, various parts of Mexico, and Nepal.
MATH MATCH is a semester-long program, directed by AIM and sponsored by MAA Tensor SUMMA, pairing mathematicians interested in K-12 outreach with socioeconomically disadvantaged Title I middle school classrooms. The program aims to improve historically underrepresented students’ attitudes and confidence about mathematics by providing engaging mathematical experiences and meaningful opportunities to interact with practicing mathematicians, or MATCH Fellows.
Math Monday is a weekly drop-in lunchtime or after-school activity where students can get hands-on with math games, puzzles and manipulatives that help build their math skills. Math Monday is intended to reach all students at their own pace and is especially well suited for elementary students in grades K-5.
Early Family Math believes social math play is the key to math education during a child’s earliest and most important learning years. We seek to improve math education and attitudes for young children during their first 8 years in all families in all communities. Central to this is creating an environment where families and children enjoy math as a fun activity to do together.
How Can Partnering with MathCommunities.org help you connect with schools?
Does your program focus on increasing access to joyful mathematics for students, teachers, or families, especially those historically underserved mathematically? If so, we’d love to work with you!
If selected as a MathCommunities.org Partner, we will direct schools and educators toward your program and resources. We will also connect you with other math engagement programs that could be good fits for collaboration.