Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC)

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Work with the AIMC to establish math circles in your community.
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Bluebird Math Circle

Spring 2021 – join now, and download materials for your classroom, math circle, or family.

Free Online Teaching Workshop

Exploding Dots! led by James Taylor
July 23, 2020, 2:00 MDT/ 1:00 PDT

This 75-minute online session, conducted with Google Meet, will introduce participants to Exploding Dots, a fun and engaging framework for helping students from a wide range of grade levels develop number sense. Participants can expect to:

  • experience how Exploding Dots can help students in grades 3 – 12 develop their understanding of numbers
  • learn about a wealth of resources for using Exploding Dots with their own
  • develop their understanding of Google Meet as a platform for delivering
    engaging mathematical content to young learners

For this workshop, participants will need an internet connection and laptop with a web browser, along with paper and pencil (or even better, a small dry-erase board). We can provide you with printable Exploding Dots templates that can be slipped inside a plastic sleeve for reuse.

If you have already experienced using Exploding Dots, please join us anyway! We will be using this session to help you learn how to teach this subject online, and we’d love to have you share your experiences teaching with Exploding Dots.

Exploding Dots can also be a wonderful tool for solving problems, and in a future session we can look at math circle problems that can be approached using the Exploding Dots model.

To register, please write to David Austin at david.austin.m@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Free Online Workshop about Online Teaching –for K-12 Teachers — Continuing Ed Certificates Available!

Times are tough and we all are being asked to do more online while keeping student engagement high.

In this session, we will be going over how to best take advantage of several technological tools and free online software to assist you in teaching either partially or entirely online. In detail this 90 minute talk and 30 minute Q&A will cover:

  • Tools and options for recording documents and written work for videos or streaming for students
  • Good free software for engaging with your students remotely
  • Online resources with engaging lessons you can use with your students
  • Answer questions you may have about various online/tech resources (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc…)

This session will be led by Spencer Bowen of the American Institute of Mathematics. It will be hosted on remo, and will be accessible via the following URL: https://events.mathcommunities.org/e/aimc-math-teacher-workshop

For this workshop, you will need an internet connection and laptop with a web browser (Google Chrome Preferred). If this is not an option for you, please email sbowen@aimath.org to see about accommodations.

Wednesday, July 8
1pm PDT / 2pm MDT
90 minute session with 30 minutes for Q&A

Statement of Solidarity

Our work is all about the power of communities to bring diverse perspectives together to solve problems. We are a Special Project of the American Institute of Mathematics and we wholeheartedly endorse their statement regarding the murders of George Floyd, Ahmed Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and others.

Stretch your Brain!

In an ordinary summer, we would be seeing so many of you in our math circles camps. All of us at the AIMC miss you–we miss your laughter and smiles, your creativity and energy, and your awesome problem solving powers. It’s important to keep your mind active!

So we’ve developed the first MIND STRETCHER for you to share with friends and families. Let us know what you think. Are you able to solve any of these? Do you have a puzzle to contribute to our next Mind Stretcher? Email aimathcircles@gmail.com and let us know!

AIMC was well represented at the AISES Annual Meeting in Milwaukee. Former math camp attendee, Sky Harper, won first place for his research poster and former math camp attendee and peer leader, Natanii Yazzie was inducted into the Sequoyah Fellows of AISES. Congratulations to both of you!  You make a difference!

Thank you TEACHERS for making the AIMC Math Teachers’ Circle Workshop @ IAIA (July 15-18, 2019) such a great success! See more past events.

THANK YOU STUDENTS!! For making the third annual AIMC Math Camp @ Navajo Prep 2019 truly engaging! See more past events.

Read about the Development of AIMC

Bob & Tatiana’s recent article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society is here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/noti1852

Tatiana Shubin makes news!

Our very own Tatiana making news by sharing great math with great students. See this link, from the Navajo-Hopi Observer for details!

Fowler and Klein Collaborate with the Kennedy Museum of Art

The AIMC’s Henry Fowler and Bob Klein, together with Sally and Perfelia Fowler, began work with the staff at the Kennedy Museum of Art, to co-curate a Spring 2020 exhibit that highlights connections between the Kennedy’s extensive 700+ collection of Diné weavings and the tapestries of mathematics. Details to follows, though pictures can be found on the Our Stories page. Many thanks to the amazing staff at the KMA for their generous willingness to share and to create together.

Dr. Henry Fowler in Scientific American.

Check out this Scientific American article about a new podcast, called “My Favorite Theorem”, with Henry Fowler talking about his favorite theorem and its connection to his Navajo identity:


Learn more about our project.

The following videos describe our work on the Navajo Nation with the Navajo Nation Math Circles project. George Csicsery of Zala Films have compiled these video shorts from the Navajo Math Circles documentary film shown on PBS.

The Navajo Math Circles Project (Vimeo, YouTube)

A Math Wrangle Friendly Competition (Vimeo, YouTube)

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