Stanford Math Circle

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Stanford Math Circle

SMC Elementary

The Stanford Math Circle Elementary program meets on Thursdays throughout the Stanford academic year. Space is limited, and we regret that only registered students may attend.


SMC Elementary I (grades 1 and 2) Lessons - Fall 2011

Sample handouts from some lessons of 2012 are available from the following links. The session handouts were for use by circle members, and we are not able to respond to queries about them.

Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lessons 4 and 5

SMC Elementary II (grades 3 and 4) Lessons - Fall 2011

Handouts for some lessons are available from the following links. The session handouts are for use by circle members, please don't email us with questions about them.

Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lessons 4 and 5

About the SMC Elementary program

The SMC Elementary program is aimed at mathematically motivated students in grades 1-4. The main objective of this class is to introduce young children to the elements of mathematical culture and ideas using age-appropriate activities.

The teaching methods will vary depending on the mathematical content of the lesson, and may include demonstration of experiments, storytelling, guided discussions, independent work, teamwork, hands-on activities, and handouts. Here is a sample handout from the Spring 2011 sessions.

The fee for participation in the SMC is $250 per academic quarter. This fee will generate funding for session leaders, website maintenance, administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities. Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family.

Course Expectations

  • The Stanford math department is very happy to share its space with young students! However, we do need to remember some rules of good behavior to respect the undergraduates, staff and faculty who are working and attending classes in the same building. Consequently, we must be aware of our noise level and minimize congestion in the math building and surrounding locations, especially before 6 PM. We do ask parents and students not to congregate in the narrow hallways near the classroom more than 5 minutes before class.
  • On the other hand, it is also important that students arrive in class at that time and are seated and ready to go when class begins. It can be disruptive to the focus of the class if a student is late, and he or she will miss the initial discussion and explanation that sets up the rest of the time.
  • The instructors can't allow siblings that are not enrolled to sit in on class, and must limit the number of parents in class to two [arranged in advance] -- the space doesn't permit more, and, again, we wish to avoid distractions so everyone stays focused and working during class time.
  • Instructors can only speak to parents before or after class, not during.

Meet the Staff of the SMC Elementary

Laura Givental, Ilya Zakharevich, Michael Brinn, and Elena Blanter, all of the Berkeley Math Circle Elementary instructors, will be leading these courses at Stanford in 2012-2013.
Laura GiventalA resident of the East Bay, Laura Givental graduated from a math and physics high school, obtained her B.A. and Masters Degrees in applied mathematics at the Moscow school "Kerosinka". She has been working, first in Russia and then in the US, as a software engineer and consultant.

Ilya ZakharevichIlya Zakharevich teaches on and off from 1981. He received his PhD in mathematics 1990 in Moscow. He moved to US in 1990 and to Berkeley in 2001. His research interests in mathematics are integrable systems and analysis.

Elena Blanter Elena Blanter, a Berkeley resident, received her M.A. in Mathematics from the St. Petersburg University in Russia and has teaching credentials from the same school. Elena's many years of experience include mathematical risk modeling, statistical analysis, and development of financial analytical software.