Math Circle for fifth through eighth graders continues with spring term

MathCircleGEORGETOWN, KY – Georgetown College continues its Math Circle (GCMC) program for fifth-grade through eighth-grade students residing in the central Kentucky counties of Bourbon, Fayette, and Scott who hold a strong interest in mathematics and are eager to learn more.

Fall enrollment exceeded expectation with nearly two dozen participants. Space is limited for the spring term which begins Sunday, January 26, and continues for six weeks through March 2. Parents are encouraged to complete the online application right away to avoid disappointment.

Circles meet Sunday afternoons on campus from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in Asher Science Center, which houses the College’s Natural and Life Sciences Division.

Free to attendees, the GCMC seeks to deepen and broaden participants’ mathematical discovery and understanding as well as strengthen their ability to be successful in mathematics, according to Math Circle Director, Kristine Roinestad, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. GCMC was formed under the umbrella of the Central Kentucky Mathematical Circles.

“Georgetown College faculty volunteer their time and talents in leading these sessions,” said Dr. Roinestad, adding, “GCMC meetings excite student interest in math and science as well as help them become tomorrow’s mathematicians, scientists, engineers, medical researchers, economists, actuaries, and more.”

The admission process involves the student and his or her parents/guardians completing an online application and the student’s teacher submitting a recommendation. The plan originally was to accommodate 15 students per semester, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. That number has been raised to 24 due to the excellent response.

For additional information, including downloadable enrollment forms, interested parents are encouraged to check the Georgetown College Math Circle website.

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.



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