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. It is currently funded by the Mathematics Department and the Center for Applied Mathematics.
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, 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 recent coverage in the Cornell Chronicle.
Fall 2019 Math Explorer's Club Offerings
Infinity & Paradoxes
Dates: Sept. 28 & Oct. 5, 2019
Location: 532 Malott Hall
Instructors: Prairie Wentworth-Nice & Emily Dautenhahn
About the Instructors: Prairie is a 2nd year math graduate student interested in combinatorics. When not doing math, she can be found taking ballet classes or dancing around the math building. Emily is another 2nd year math graduate student, and she is interested in analysis and probability. When she leaves the math building, Emily can be found running, crocheting, or reading a book.
Combinatorial Game Theory
Dates: November 9 & 16, 2019
Location: 532 Malott Hall
Instructors: Ryan McDermott & Ivan Geffner
About the Instructors: Ryan is a sixth year graduate student interested in probability. He is also an amateur entomologist and an avid reader! Ivan is a sixth year graduate student focusing on game theory, cryptography, and distributed computing. He likes coding, soccer, music, video games and board games. There is no winning strategy against him in Super Smash Bros.
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)
- 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.
NOTE: Clubs are now forming for 2019-2020. Information in the following table will be updated as it becomes available.
|Little Circle||K-2||Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm||Dr. Inna Zakharevich|
Belle Sherman Elementary School Math Club
|4-5||Day of Week TBD
|Dr. Tom Fisher-York|
Cayuga Heights Elementary School Math Olympiad Club
Fridays 2-3 pm
|South Hill Elementary School Math Hawks||4-5||Tuesdays
|Dr. Henrik Spoon|
|Boynton Middle School Math Club||6-8||Tuesdays
|Dr. Allen Knutsen|
|DeWitt Middle School Math Club||6-8||Fridays
|Girls' Math Circle at Cornell
(cohorts meet separately by grade level)
Ada Lovelace 2: Saturdays 9-10:30 am
Ada Lovelace 1: Saturdays 4-6 pm
Other cohorts - meeting days and times TBD
|Dr. Laura Jones
Other local math clubs that are not affiliated with Cornell University are listed below.
|Northeast Elementary School Math Enrichment||4-5||
Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
|Ms. Eglantina Lucio-Belbase|
|Math Adventures at Boynton Middle School||6-8||
Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm
|Dr. Cristina Gomez|
Mary Ann Huntley organizes mathematics tutoring at local schools, community centers, and other sites around the region. Tutoring takes place in a variety of formats (e.g., in-class tutoring, after-school tutoring, one-on-one). Volunteer (unpaid) tutors include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty. Please contact Mary Ann Huntley for more information.
Staff in the Department of Mathematics maintains a list of people who are interested in offering private mathematics tutoring for an hourly rate. Tutors arrange their own schedules and negotiate rates directly with families. 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.
GAIM - Spring 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
2:30 - 5:30 PM
Cornell University, Duffield Hall
$79 per team, financial aid available
Mathematics Competitions (Grades 9-12)
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.
2019 AMC 8 Competition
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Arrive by 3:45 PM, exam begins promptly at 4:00 PM and ends at 4:40 PM
Cornell University, Clark Hall Rm. 700
Registration (required; seats are limited): https://forms.gle/aB7ETsU17guEP2nE9
Practice Materials: https://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/2016_AMC8_PracticeProblems.pdf
For more information contact Dr. Laura Jones
2020 AMC 10B/12B Competition
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Arrive by 4:15 PM, exam begins promptly at 4:30 PM and ends at 5:45 PM
Cornell University, Malott 406
Cost: $10 per student
Registration (required): forthcoming
Practice Materials: forthcoming
For more information, 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.