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San Diego Math Teachers' Circle
Registration:  Restricted
Program Hours:  18
Cost:  $
Activities:  1
Program Start Date:  October 7, 2017
Program End Date:  May 5, 2018
Seats Available:  5

Sponsored By

California Mathematics Project (CMP)

Program Location

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Program Site

San Diego Mathematics Project

Program Contact Information

Dr. Lisa Lamb

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San Diego Math Teachers' Circle

About The Program:

San Diego Math Teachers’ Circle (SDMTC)

The San Diego Math Teachers' Circle aims to engage middle school mathematics teachers and mathematicians in working together on intriguing and stimulating problems. Through this collaborative process, the SDMTC seeks to provide teachers with an opportunity to enrich their knowledge and appreciation of mathematics and to develop their identities as mathematicians.

Activities (1)

San Diego Math Teachers' Circle

Topic: Candy Sharing

Session Leader: David Patrick 


Session Description: If we give a bunch of children several pieces of candy, and force them to share with their neighbors in a particular way, can we end up with each child having exactly 1 piece of candy or will we end up in an infinite sharing loop?  We'll discuss this and other related sharing scenarios. 

Topic: Volume and Surface Area

Session Leader: Yana Mohanty 


Session Description: In this session, we will explore volume and surface area through tactile means, honing our spatial reasoning skills.  We will engage in several activities that support the Common Core Standards in Geometry.

Topic: How to park your car

Session Leader: David Patrick


Session Description:  We'll explore some problems that have a common theme: parking cars.  All of the problems will involve probability, but in slightly different ways. Along the way we'll see severay very useful combinatorial and problem-solving techniques.

Topic: Learning Combinatorics Through Fake Chemistry

Session Leader: David Patrick


Session Description: "Dr. Eureka" is a game in which children (or adults) arrange colored marbles in plastic test tubes to make "chemicals". However, the rules of the game limit how the marbles are allowed to be moved between test tubes.  The game is fun to play and provokes lots of underlying mathematical questions.  We'll challenge you to play the game, to explore what mathematical questions are present, and then to try to answer them!


9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093

October 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
November 4, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
December 2, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
February 10, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm