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Bring Math Engagement To Your Community

Math Engaged is located in Ithaca, NY, but Math Engagement activities and ideas can be brought into any school, any camp, any home, anywhere. Math Engaged is dedicated to helping all children and families explore mathematics through creative and playful means that foster a mathematical mindset without the math anxiety.

Read below for quick start-up ideas on how to bring Math Engagement into your community. For further details, we encourage you to contact us for free consulting to help you engage the families of your community in a more rewarding and empowering math education.

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Offer Math Days

Math Days are 1-time events that can be offered in the evenings or on a weekend afternoon. They are free of cost to students and their parents, making mathematics more accessible by all families in the community, and can be offered specifically at a school or at a local community center. Math Days offer a variety of unstructured activities such as board games and arts and crafts, allowing children and their parents to explore each activity at their own pace and making math exploration low-stress and personalized.

What do you need to start Math Days in your community?

  • Location: a school cafeteria, a community center, or an open a space at a local college.
  • Volunteers: One volunteer per activity is a great way to help families get engaged and learn more about the specific activity.
  • Prepare the activities: Check MathEngaged.org/resources for a list of great activities that are free and very low in material cost to prepare.
  • Advertise: post fliers in town, start a Facebook event, email parents through listservs, and send "backpack" fliers home with children.

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After School Enrichment Activities

It's easy to bring more creative and engaging mathematics to the school day by offering After School Enrichment Activities. After school is a great time for students to engage in play using both their hands and minds in rewarding activities such as origami, jewelry making, building roller coasters, and playing board games. Children can wiggle around in excitement, share their ideas and accomplishments with their peers, and use mathematics in their creations all while having fun after school!

What do you need to start Math Enrichments in your school?

  • Contact your school's PTA, After School Coordinator, or principal to work out the logistics of an after school program specifically at your school.
  • Find an instructor: a teacher, a parent, or a local math enthusiast ready to encourage students to explore mathematics with an open mind, get creative, and learn from mistakes.
  • Prepare the activities: Check MathEngaged.org/resources for a list of great activities that are free and have a very low material cost to prepare.
  • Aim to keep class sizes smaller: Math Engaged's favorite class size is 12 (divisible by groups of 2, 3, and 4!). Smaller class sizes allow the instructor to ensure that no student's learning slips through the cracks.
  • Keep in mind: The best enrichments are ones that allow children to explore at their own pace and allow a balance of jumping out of their seats in excitement with returning to the task at hand in engagement. Art, games, and puzzles are among the best choices!

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Offer Math Camps

Math Camps are one of the most impactful and rewarding learning opportunities you can offer your community. A weeklong program gives students the opportunity to balance more difficult challenges with creative play, transforming new knowledge into the most impressive and rewarding projects like building kites, growing rock crystals, and composing music. Students and their mentoring counselors also have the immensely valuable opportunity to develop a close bond, creating a supportive and encouraging learning environment that allows children to discover their own inner strengths in mathematics.

Math Camps are also one of the most detailed-oriented learning opportunities you can organize for your event, so be sure to find a small team of passionate and dedicated individuals who are excited to bring this program to life!

What do you need to start Math Camps in your community?

Find a small team of passionate individuals to divide up the following tasks in planning and coordinating a Math Camp. Sharing ideas and responsibilities makes a tremendous difference in executing a successful program!

  • Location: ask your local schools or community center about sharing classrooms and playground for a week.
  • Create a financial outline: consider the cost (if/when applicable) of: paying counselors, materials, location, advertising, overhead, financial aid, and surplus for supporting future programs. 
  • Prepare the enrollment process: create online and/or paper forms, camper registry, etc.
  • Find counselors: locate Education departments at local schools for young adults completing Education degrees, ask local teachers, community workshop leaders, and parents.
  • Advertise: fliers in town, PTA and other parent listservs, "backpack" fliers with students at your local schools, social media, summer camp expos in your area, and local newspapers. 
  • Prepare the activities and daily schedules: Check MathEngaged.org/resources for a list of great activities that range all ages, skill levels, and project categories.
  • Ask Math Engaged for more free supportive resources to help train counselors, organize schedules and activities, and how to give your campers the most engaging and amazing Math Camp experience!

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Start a Mentorship Program

1-on-1 mentoring has the tremendous opportunity to impact the growth of a child's mindset like no other program. Math mentors don't just meet with students to finish homework and memorize times tables; rather, they support students' natural curiosity for math, balance hard work with playful rewards, and help students learn how to focus their individual strengths to thrive in mathematics.

What do you need to start a mentorship program?

  • Community members interested in making a difference in children's lives: teachers, parents, college or high school students, or any passionate individual.
  • At least one organizer/facilitator to help connect families to mentors
  • Training: ask Math Engaged for supporting materials and resources on how to transform passionate individuals into effective mentors.
  • Advertise in your local community: bulletin boards, community listservs, PTA listservs at your local schools, Facebook and social media.

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Offer Community Classes

Does your community have a makerspace, an arts studio, or a yoga studio? Are there local artists, engineers, or just talented individuals who want to make a difference in children's education? Team up with the passionate individuals of your community to explore how offering weekly (or even 1-time) classes can light a fire in a child's mind to combine mathematics with their own areas of interest!

What do you need to start classes in your community?

  • Decide what kind of classes you'd like to offer. Consider the following:
    • Math & Yoga
    • Math & Jewelry Making
    • Math & Coding
    • Math and Music Composition
    • Math & Architecture
    • Math & Starting Your Own Business
  • Find passionate individuals to teach.
  • Find locations to host the classes: reach out to local classes spaces, community spaces, and schools. 
  • Prepare the activities: Check MathEngaged.org/resources for a list of great activities that are free and have a very low material cost to prepare.
  • More ideas: ask Math Engaged for supporting materials and resources on how to create engaging classes for students of all ages and spark a fire for learning!

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