Planning for our fall sessions is happening in earnest. We will, of course, be online, so we have a lot of planning to do. Last spring when we went online we held only a limited number of sessions at three program levels; this fall all five of our program levels will meet again. Some key things to note:
Pre-registration for our fall programs will open the week of August 31st. Our lottery will run on September 19th, and remaining spots will be available on a first come first serve basis. Students who were enrolled in our spring in person programs can re-enroll at the site they were assigned to in the spring.
Although our sessions will be online, we will continue to use our site names–in effect, a site is really a grouping of sessions taking place at the same time.
- Back of the Yards sessions will continue to meet Saturdays at 10AM; UChicago and Payton will meet Saturdays at 1PM (with a 2nd round of Haynes-5/6 sessions at 2:30PM).
- All Saturday sites will hold Haynes-5/6, Brahmaupta-7/8, and Cantor-A1/Geo sessions
- Kovalevsky-A2/PC sessions will be part of our Payton site (but not UChicago)
- Euler sessions will be part of our UChicago site (but not Payton)
- When we return to in person sessions, we will again hold Kovalevsky-A2/PC and Euler at both Payton and UChicago.
- Our after school sites will all meet at 4:30PM.
- Mondays: Morgan Park, Haynes-5/6, Brahmaupta-7/8
- Tuesdays: Bridgeport, Haynes-5/6, Brahmaupta-7/8
- Wednesdays: Little Village, Haynes-5/6
- Thursdays: Lane Tech, Haynes-5/6, Brahmaupta-7/8, and Cantor-A1/Geo sessions
- (Our Pilsen site will resume when we go back to in person meetings)
All of our Haynes-5/6, Brahmagupta-7/8, and Cantor-A1/Geo sessions will meet for 75 minutes. Kovalevsky-A2/PC and Euler online sessions will be 90 minutes. You can find the meeting dates for all of our sites here. You can find descriptions of our program levels here.
Of course, online sites are equally accessible to anyone with a computer and wifi not matter where you live–keep two things in mind when you rank your choices: (1) Once we return to in person sessions, you can re-enroll at the site that you last attended; (2) your personal schedule. That’s it–you’re welcome to attend at any site that fits your schedule!
We are committed to holding an online version of QED this year. Our anticipated date is December 5th, although this may change depending on circumstances. As our plans become firm we will share more information!
4. New Site
Since 2015 we’ve added 5 sites as we’ve grown to serve nearly 800 students in our academic year program. Adding one new site in the fall has become a habit, and our plan had been to add a new site this fall until Covid made that a near impossibility. However, once we are able to return to in person meetings at our current 8 sites, we will immediately add a new 9th site: ‘Online’. Our mission is to create opportunities for all children in Chicago to build a passion for mathematics, and it’s clear that an online site will provide access to more children than ever before!
5. Math Circles in a Box: MC2iaB
Last year we piloted a new program: MC2iaB. MC2 sessions were held in after school programs in Little Village Academy and Goudy Elementary. This year we are expanding to 15 schools across the city, with an emphasis in the Back of the Yards, Little Village, and Austin communities. We provide teachers at local schools math circle plans, workshops, and coaching to help them develop as math circle leaders. If you know a middle school teacher who might be interested in participating in the MC2iaB program, have them complete this form.