Opportunities for Grades K–12 Students
Mathematics Tutoring (Grades K–12)
Mary Ann Huntley organizes mathematics tutoring at local schools, community centers, and other sites around the region. Tutoring takes place in a variety of formats (e.g., in-class tutoring, after-school tutoring, one-on-one). Volunteer tutors include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.
Please contact Mary Ann Huntley for more information.
Ithaca Girls' Math Circle (Grades 6–11)
The Ithaca Girls' Math Circle is a group of girls in Grades 6-11 who meet every Saturday 5:00-7:15 p.m. in Corson Hall. Dinner is included as part of the meeting. The focus of the group is to stimulate interest in mathematics as well as to prepare the girls for math competitions. If you are a girl in grades 6-11 who loves mathematics, or if you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in becoming a mentor to this group, please contact Dr. Laura Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ithaca High School Math Seminar (Grades 10–12)
The Math Seminar at Ithaca High School provides advanced mathematics instruction for students who have exhausted the high-school mathematics curriculum. Over the course of the academic year, three graduate students introduce topics related to their research interests and then guide students in the development of their own end-of-term research projects. While by no means new research, the projects enable students to explore topics of interest. The purpose of the seminar, which meets at the high school during school hours, is to introduce students to topics that they would typically not see until their junior or senior year in college and to encourage more high school students to major in mathematics when they go to college.
The Math Seminar was developed and conducted for several years with NSF funding. It is currently funded by the Mathematics Department and the Center for Applied Mathematics. Please contact Dan Barbasch for more information. He organizes the seminar and occasionally observes.
Mathematics Competitions (Grades 9–12)
The Cornell Mathematics Department supports local students in a variety of math competitions. Oftentimes graduate students coach the students in preparing for the competitions. In February, the Mathematics Department hosts the American Mathematics Contents (AMC) 10B and 12B sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.
AMC 10B and 12B information and sign-up form — please sign up by January 31st for the 2017 exam.
Math Explorer’s Club Activities (Grades 8–12)
The Math Explorer’s Club collection includes more than 40 modules covering a wide variety of topics accessible to high-school students. The collection was developed by graduate students supported by the NSF. Starting fall 2012 we are implementing two of these modules at Cornell each term.
See the schedule for more information.
Family Mathematics Program (Grades 7–10)
Together with Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY), the Cornell Mathematics Department and Center for Applied Mathematics will hold an all-day mathematics program for students in grades 7-10 and their parents/caregivers. It is the philosophy of the program that the family relationship is critical in nurturing the potential of students, so it is essential that each student be accompanied by a parent.
The next program is scheduled for November 5th. The registration deadline is October 30th.
Numb3rs Math Activities
The Numb3rs Math Activities cover the mathematics behind each of the episodes of the popular TV series complete through the end of season 5. The collection was developed by graduate students supported by the NSF.
NSF Funding for Development of Materials and Activities
An NSF grant — EMSW21-MCTP: High School Outreach Programs (Award #0602193) — funds the development of materials and activities that give middle-school and high-school students experience with more advanced topics in mathematics. The PI on the grant is Mary Ann Huntley, with Co-PIs Maria Terrell, Kenneth Brown, and Edward Swartz.
Graduate students supported by the grant have produced materials for the Ithaca High School Senior Seminar, the Math Explorer’s Club collection, and the Numb3rs activities described above.