Edinburgh Maths Circle
The Edinburgh Maths Circle is an opportunity for children aged 5 to 16 and their families to join us for a couple of hours of fun and stimulating hands-on mathematics.
Over the upcoming academic year, we plan to host both in person and online events, to accommodate different needs.
Our next in-person Maths Circle will take place on Saturday 19th November from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the School of Mathematics. Further information can be found below (expand the tab "In person Maths Circles" for further information about the event and expand the tab "How do I get there" for instructions on how to find the building). We hope many of you will be able to join for an afternoon of Maths... and fun.
We are also planning to run an online Maths Circle in January 2023, but the date and time has not yet been confirmed. Details will be posted on this page as soon as they are confirmed. If you would like to be notified about future Maths Circles (either online or in person), please follow the instructions below to join our mailing list.
If you would like to be notified of future Maths Circle events (online or in person), you can subscribe to the Maths Circle mailing list. To do that, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with no subject, and text:
SUBSCRIBE edinburgh-maths-circle Name Surname QUIT
You will then receive an automatic email, asking you to confirm your subscription.
If you need any further information, please contact Francesca Iezzi by phone (0131 650 5842) or email (email@example.com).
Our most recent online Maths Circle took place on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th September.
An online Maths Circle is a one hour long live workshop for children aged 7-14 and their family, taking place on Zoom. Prior to the virtual event, a selection of Maths problems are sent out to participants.
Participants are encouraged to try the problems in advance. During the virtual event participants are able to join different e-rooms, where Maths Circle hosts explain how to solve some of the problems.
Participants can ask questions via the chat, listen in as the host talks about ways to think about the problem, and then move to a different e-room if they want to try a different problem.
To facilitate interaction and better tailor the activities, our online Maths Circle is split into two slots:
- First slot, aimed at 7-11 years old
- Second slot, aimed at 11-14 years old
Each of the slots is one hour long. You are welcome to attend either of the slots, or both, according to your preference and the age of the children. The event is free to attend, but booking is required.
Our next in person Maths Circle will take place on Saturday 19th November from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at James Clerk Maxwell Building.
The (in-person) Edinburgh Maths Circle is a free drop-in session where children aged 5 to 16 and their families can join in with exciting mathematical activities, games and puzzles. Students and members of staff from the School of Mathematics are on hand to help out, light refreshments are provided.
The event is free and there is no need to book a space. You can just drop in and stay as little or as long as you like.
To get an idea of the kind of activities you'll be able to have a go at, take a look at some of the following, courtesy of NRICH.
The (in person) Edinburgh Maths Circles take place in the James Clerk Maxwell Building at the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings campus. Signs will direct you from the entrance to Room 3217, and helpers will be on hand too. Information about travelling to the James Clerk Maxwell Building can be found here; please note additionally that parking within the King's Buildings campus is unrestricted at weekends.
The Edinburgh Maths Circle has been an immensely popular event over the past few years. In 2018, thanks to funding from the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust and Edinburgh City Council, we have begun a programme to spread the Maths Circle initiative widely across Scotland.
Our aim is to loan our resources out to schools/communities and provide training and support so teachers/educators can host their own Maths Circle events at their schools or in their local communities.
Borrow our resources
In the past years we have produced two boxes of resources, one for primary schools and one for early secondary schools. Each box contains a selection of about thirty problems, with accompanying hands-on resources. We are able to lend the resources to all Scottish schools FREE OF CHARGE. Each school can keep the resources for about a week and use them as appropriate.
If you are interested in borrowing our resources please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend our workshops for educators
Would you like some guidance on how to use the resources? So far we have run more than ten workshops aimed at sharing our resources with school teachers and giving them advice on how to use them in the classroom.
During these workshops, we give a brief introduction to our (now virtual) Maths Circles, then we explore some of the resources we use. We also discuss how such resources can be used in the classroom and can spark curiosity and help children develop their mathematical thinking.
These workshops have proven to be successful and very well received. Our most recent workshop was held online in September 2022. Looking forward to the future, we are planning to run a mix of in-person and online workshops to accommodate different needs.
Attendance to our workshops is free but registration is required.
Below you can find slides and handouts from one of our previous (in-person) workshops.
The Edinburgh Maths Circle was inspired by the Cambridge Maths Circle, and many of the activites we use are kindly provided by NRICH. We would like to thank both NRICH and the organisers of the Cambridge Maths Circle for their support in making the Edinburgh Maths Circle a reality.
The Edinburgh Maths Circle is kindly sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management and the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust. Thanks to their contribution, we have an improved collection of resources, a new and improved poster, and better quality refreshments.