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- Ithaca High School Math Seminar (Grades 10-12)
- Math Explorer's Club (Grades 8-12)
- Math Clubs & Circles (Grades K-12)
- Math Tutoring
- GAIM: Girls' Adventures in Math (Grades 3-8 girls)
- Mathematics Competitions (Grades 7-12)
- Math Discovery Workshops (Grades 2-5)
- Family Mathematics Program (Grades 7-10)
- E-Newsletter for Parents/Guardians/Students
- Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
- Discrete Mathematical Explorations (DIMEX)
Opportunities for K-12 Students
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Almost all outreach activities are directed by Dr. Mary Ann Huntley. Please contact her for more information or help, unless a program has another point of contact listed.
Dr. Mary Ann Huntley
Director of Mathematics Outreach and K-12 Education Activities
Ithaca High School Math Seminar (Grades 10-12)
The Math Seminar at Ithaca High School provides advanced mathematics instruction for students who have exhausted (or nearly exhausted) the high-school mathematics curriculum. The purpose of the seminar, which meets at the high school during school hours, is to introduce students to topics that they would typically not see until their junior or senior year in college and to encourage more high school students to major in mathematics when they go to college.
Over the course of the academic year, the seminar consists of three graduate students introducing topics related to their research interests and then guiding students in the development of their own end-of-term research projects. While by no means new research, the projects enable the high-school students to explore topics of interest.
The Math Seminar was developed and conducted for several years with NSF funding. The Cornell University graduate student instructors of the Math Seminar course are funded by the Cornell Department of Mathematics and the Center for Applied Mathematics. This is a joint outreach activity with Ithaca High School, and as such, a portion of the financial support for Math Seminar is provided by the Ithaca City School District.
Academic Year 2020-2021 Math Seminar Updates
Math seminar sessions for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 will take place via Zoom
Students outside of Ithaca High School are welcome to join
At minimum, students must have previously taken calculus or are taking it concurrently
Meeting Times: Mondays 3:45-4:45 pm & Wednesdays 5-6 pm
Logistics (all dates approximate)
Nov. 2020 - Jan. 2021: Seminar 1 - Numerical Analysis
Jan. - March 2021: Seminar 2 - Dynamical Systems, Chaos, & Fractals
March - June 2021: Research Projects
To express interest, please complete this survey [Update, Nov. 2020: The survey is now closed.]
For more information or questions about the Ithaca High School Math Seminar, please contact Mary Ann Huntley.
Math Explorer's Club (Grades 8-12)
The Math Explorer's Club (MEC) consists of a sequence of lessons, led by graduate students and facilitated by undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, that introduce new mathematical concepts and problem-solving strategies to grades 8-12 students. Lessons are designed to be interactive, providing opportunities for participants to ask and refine questions, develop ideas and definitions, and solve problems cooperatively. Students are encouraged to share what they have learned with the general public by creating a presentation or poster based on their experience.
We implement one or two Math Explorer's Club modules on the Cornell campus each semester. Students can expect interactive lessons taught in a cooperative and supportive learning environment = lots of fun!
See past coverage in the Cornell Chronicle.
Fall 2021 Math Explorer's Club Offerings are not yet scheduled.
Background: The content that is taught in Math Explorer's Club is based on a collection of modules that was developed by graduate students through support from the National Science Foundation.
For more information about Math Explorer's Club, contact Mary Ann Huntley.
Math Clubs & Circles (Grades K-12)
The Department of Mathematics at Cornell University supports several local math clubs and circles. Some math clubs and circles have been in existence since the 1990s, and others are just being formed. Underlying each club are the following two goals: to stimulate students' interest in mathematics, and to develop students' problem-solving skills. At some sites, students engage in recreational mathematics; at others, students are coached for math competitions, such as AMC8, Math Counts, and MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools).
The Girls' Math Circle at Cornell offers girls a fun, intimate, and socially comfortable environment to explore mathematics, and building math competence with other like-minded girls. Preparing for math competitions is one focus of the weekly meetings. Girls' Math Circle is divided into four groupings:
- Maria Agnesi Cohort (grades 4-5)
- Ada Lovelace 2 Cohort (grades 6-8) *This group is not meeting during Fall 2020
- Ada Lovelace 1 Cohort (grades 8-10)
- Maryam Mirzakhani Cohort (grades 11-12)
If you are a teacher, school administrator, or parent who is interested in starting a club, contact Mary Ann Huntley.
If you are a student who is interested in joining a math club, more information is provided in the table below.
|Dr. Inna Zakharevich|
|DeWitt Middle School Math Club||6-8||Fridays (Zoom)
Mary Ann Huntley organizes mathematics tutoring at local schools, community centers, and other sites around the region. Volunteer (unpaid) tutors include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty. Please contact Mary Ann Huntley if: (a) you are a Cornell University student or faculty member and would like to be a volunteer tutor, or (b) you are a teacher and would like to discuss having one or more mathematics tutors to assist during classroom instruction or during after school hours.
The Department of Mathematics maintains a list of Cornell University students who are interested in serving as private math tutors. Please understand that neither Cornell University nor the Department of Mathematics makes any representations as to the suitability of these potential private tutors. Anyone wishing to engage these students as tutors, particularly for underaged tutees, is solely responsible for all screening of candidates and hiring decisions, and should not interpret our linking you with potential tutors as an endorsement of the tutors. To request a tutor, please complete the information requested here. Please contact Mary Ann Huntley for more information.
GAIM: Girls' Adventures in Math (Grades 3-8 girls)
Girls' Adventures in Math (GAIM) is a comic-based math competition that each year features four women who have made substantial contributions to the fields of mathematics and science. The event begins with a 60-minute, 16-question Round 1 and a 20 minute research question Round 2, followed by strategy games. Teams of four students from the same school compete in one of two divisions: Upper Elementary, for grades 3-5, and Middle, for grades 6-8.
The Cornell Department of Mathematics will not be offering GAIM in Spring 2021.
The next offering of this program has not been scheduled.
Mathematics Competitions (Grades 7-12)
The Cornell Mathematics Department supports local students in a variety of math competitions. Graduate students are involved in coaching the students in preparing for the competitions.
2020 AMC 8 Competition (held remotely using Zoom)
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, 4-5:30 pm
2021 AMC 10B/12B Competition
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
For more information, including details regarding registration, contact Dr. Laura Jones
Math Discovery Workshops (Grades 2-5)
Hands-on activities that engage students in mathematics.
- Gr. 2: Who is bigger, you or your shadow?
- Gr. 3: Shapes and numbers, including figuring out the number of dots in various triangles, finding primes, and verifying Goldbach's Conjecture up to 38
- Gr. 4: Building tetrahedon, cube, and octahedon, and discovering Euler's formula
- Gr. 5: Probability and statistics of rolling 1, 2, and 4 number cubes
More information will be forthcoming.
Family Mathematics Program (Grades 7-10)
Together with Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY), the Cornell Mathematics Department and Center for Applied Mathematics sometimes hosts an all-day mathematics program for students in grades 7-10 and their parents/caregivers. It is the philosophy of the program that the family relationship is critical in nurturing the potential of students, so it is a program requirement that each student be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
The next offering of this program has not been scheduled.
E-Newsletter for Parents/Guardians/Students
Mary Ann Huntley maintains an electronic mailing list for disseminating information to parents, guardians, and students about upcoming mathematics education events at Cornell, opportunities for students in grades K-12, and other news related to mathematics education. To be added to the electronic mailing list, please e-mail your contact information to Mary Ann Huntley.
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is an opportunity for students to participate in mathematical games and activities in a collaborative setting. During sessions, small group work is facilitated by Cornell graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty.
Spring 2021 Julia Robinson Math Festival
Date & Time: April 11, 2021, 1-2 pm
Topic: Virtual Trip to Könisberg
Target Audience: Grades 4-7 students
Description: Come join us for a virtual trip to Könisberg. In Könisberg, we can only draw pictures in which we don't pick up our pencil and can't retrace our path. We will explore what pictures we can and cannot draw under these constraints. We will investigate a classical mathematical problem, the Könisberg bridge problem, and see how to solve it using graph theory. Come join us for a virtual Julia Robinson Math Festival where we'll get to think creatively and dive into a fun problem!
More information about Julia Robinson Math Festivals can be found at jrmf.org.
Discrete Mathematical Explorations (DIMEX)
Discrete mathematical structures are at the heart of many modern disciplines, including computer science. We are inviting grades 9-12 students to join this exciting new program, in which they will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace, with guidance from experts in the field. Students are expected to commit 3 hours/week for a 2-month period (at minimum). To express interest or to ask questions, please contact Jose Bastidas. There is no cost for students to participate in this program. Click here for more information.
Funding provided by NSF Grant #1847284