What We Do
The Bard Math Circle was started in 2007 by mathematics students and faculty at Bard, to address the dearth of math enrichment opportunities in the region. It began with a monthly program at the Tivoli library, where the organizers brought puzzles, games, and toys that emphasized problem solving skills and making math fun for all ages. Students attending the library programs reported doing better in their math courses at school because of their involvement with the project.
From the outset, Bard undergraduates have been an integral part of the Math Circle, running and developing programs, leading hands-on workshops, and mentoring K-12 students. The Math Circle has expanded over time to include programs at several libraries, schools, and community centers; math contests and national math competitions; programs to empower girls in math; a Rubik’s cube club; special events for teachers and senior citizens; and the most popular program, a weeklong summer CAMP for middle schoolers, run primarily by Bard faculty, alumni, undergraduates, and local high school volunteers who are alumni of Math Circle programs.
One parent whose daughter participated in the Girls Math Club recently commented, "My child was always happy after meetings, and she likes the girls-only space to learn and explore.” Undergraduate leaders credit their involvement with the Math Circle as one of the highlights of their Bard experience. The majority of Math Circle student leaders choose to pursue a career in teaching after graduation.