The Cambridge Math Circle was established in 2018 to give elementary and middle school students in Cambridge and surrounding towns a chance to experience deep, fascinating math and meet others who like solving puzzles and stretching their minds.
CMC aims to serve all students, with a special focus on those who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
What we do
We facilitate weekly sessions during which students play math-related games, work on a variety of puzzles, and wrestle with Olympiad-style problems that are appropriate to their level of mathematical understanding.
Our goal is to help students use the basic tools they've learned in school math to answer deeper questions, and to be able to discover their own solutions to challenging problems, and above all, to enjoy doing math and have fun!
In addition to weekly classes, we organize free math game sessions at the Cambridge Public Library (Collins branch). Contact us for more information.
We held our first fall session at the library on September 24th. The next sessions will be in mid-October and November.
We are adding a math circle at the Cambridge Community Center, at Rindge Avenue Upper Campus, and at Vassal Lane Upper School. We are very excited to bring enrichment math to students who wouldn't otherwise have access to it.
Nataliya Yufa received her bachelor’s degrees from MIT in mathematics and physics, followed by a PhD in physics from the University of Chicago. It was in Chicago that she started teaching, working with people of all ages -- school children, undergraduates, and adults. She served three years as a teacher/director of STEM afterschool programs within the Chicago Public Schools, and one year in Houston. These experiences inspired Nataliya to become a full-time math educator, following work as a math education researcher. Since then, Nataliya has taught math at several Boston-area schools, including co-teaching the CSUS math club. She has an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Math Education.
Mira Bernstein received her PhD in math from Harvard University, taught at Wellesley College for ten years, and then left academia to pursue her dual interests in data science and math enrichment education. She runs Canada/USA Mathcamp, an international summer program for mathematically talented high-school students, and helped found Proof School, a school for kids who love math in San Francisco. Her work at a summer math program for underserved middle-school students was featured in the New York Times. Mira’s experience with older students has convinced her of the importance of creating STEM pathways for underserved students, starting in elementary school. She lives in Cambridge and is excited for this opportunity to contribute to her city’s community.
Edith Hurwitz is a Harvard undergraduate studying Applied Mathematics. She has been the volunteer coordinator at the the Cambridge Math Circle since 2018. When she graduates, Edith plans to attend law school.