The very idea of a mathematical circle is rather new to the U.S. and even less known in Orange County than in other parts of the country. The concept of the Fullerton Mathematical Circle is inspired from similar activities done in Central Europe over the last century, with Universities offering enrichment programs to interested young gifted mathematicians. The project consists of offering mathematical sessions for gifted middle school and high school students. Each session will begin with a mini-lecture, and then the students will be divided into small groups thereby enabling active engagement in the problem solving process. The CSUF undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the secondary level will support the Fullerton Mathematical Circle by delivering presentations in the Circle’s lectures, and by working as facilitators during the Circle’s workshop sessions. Our facilitators serve as role models for the participants in the Circle, while they enrich their own experience. Furthermore, our students / pre-service teachers are trained to develop effective strategies that engage and enrich the mathematical experiences of gifted students in the schools where they subsequently teach. For more information, contact Prof. Bogdan Suceava.
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