We hope that you will encourage your student to apply to join the Georgetown College Math Circle. The importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is undeniable. STEM has been a powerful vehicle of prosperity in the U.S. for nearly seventy years. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80 percent of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. Unfortunately, however, many of America’s students are not developing needed math and science skills, as indicated by an achievement gap in math and science between U.S. students and those from other nations.
STEM educators across the U.S. have taken up the challenge to excite student interest in math and science, as well as nurture their innate STEM talents, from the elementary to the high school level. Math circles are one of these initiatives. According to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, math circles “are gatherings that give mathematicians the opportunity to share their deep understanding and appreciation for the subject with school students who are looking for new challenges in mathematics. Using a variety of approaches such as problem-solving, individual and group exploration of noncurricular topics, reading guidance, competitions, and just plain fun, the circles help students acquire useful mathematical ideas and techniques.”