The primary goal of BAMA (Bay Area Mathematical Adventures) is to challenge and motivate students to think mathematically. Speakers will present real mathematics, and will share with the audience modern views of mathematics. Some talks will provide students with related problems, or will enable teachers to expand later on the topics with their students.
A math wrangle is a competition that is similar to a debate between two debate teams.
The teams are first given an hour to solve eight math problems and prepare presentations of their solutions.
After this initial preparation the teams meet before an audience and a panel of judges. The teams take turns challenging each other to solve one of the eight problems. After one team presents a solution, the other team tries to either improve the solution or point out flaws or errors.
The panel of judges award points to the teams for the both solution and rebuttal based on correctness, completeness, clarity and style.
Here are some resources for Math Wrangling:
A number of interesting olympiads and contests are held every year. Here are links to some of them:
- BAMO (Bay Area Math Olympiad)
- American Mathematics Competitions (Includes AMC8, AMC10, AMC12, AIME, MOSP and USAMO)
- IMO (The International Mathematical Olympiad)
- SCVMA Math Field Day at San Jose State University
- ARML (American Regional Mathematics League)
- The Annual High School Math Contest at SCU
Other Math Circles
Here is the MSRI-supported website for math circles all over the country.
If you find it inconvenient to attend our circle, try these other ones in the Bay Area:
- Euler Circle (meets in Palo Alto; it is not a traditional math circle)
- Wonderland Explorer Math Circle (location is on their website; 3rd grade and up)
- Berkeley Math Circle
- Stanford Math Circle
Here are the web pages for some non-Bay Area math circles. Many of them contain pointers to materials that were used in the sessions:
- Utah Math Circle
- University of Texas Saturday Morning Math Group
- Lehman College Math Circle
- San Diego Math Circle
- Mobile Math Circle
- Boston Math Circle
The most up to date list of math circles in the United States is here: