Math circles are group meetings led by mathematical scientists who, in engaging and interactive ways, share their world of mathematics with pre-college students. Established in Hungary more than a century ago to promote interest and aptitude in math, these types of programs quickly spread throughout Eastern Europe and Russia, producing many great scientists from the area, not only in mathematics but also in other science disciplines.
In the U.S., the first Math Circle was established in Cambridge, MA, in 1994, followed by the UC Berkeley Math Circle in 1998. Spurred by their success, colleges and universities throughout the United States founded math circles in their respective communities.
The Georgetown College Math Circle was formed under the umbrella of the Central Kentucky Mathematical Circles (CKMC), which offers two math circles on the University of Kentucky campus for students in Central Kentucky — one serves Lexington’s high school students and the second Lexington’s Tates Creek Elementary School students. CKMC faculty affiliates include Asbury University, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, and the University of Kentucky.
The Georgetown College Math Circle provides mathematics enrichment to fifth- through eighth-grade students from Bourbon, Fayette, and Scott counties, and complements the already established elementary school and high school circles established by the CKMC.