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The Math Circles History

The math circles tradition comes from the Eastern Europe.

From the “History of the American Math Circle Experience ”:

“Math circles originated in Hungary more than a century ago. They soon spread over Eastern Europe, and since then have produced many of the great scientists from those parts of the world, in mathematics and in other disciplines.”

From James Tanton, “Math Circles and Olympiads”:

“Today extracurricular circles are considered a standard part of the Eastern-European student experience, and participation in them is regarded as just as natural as participation in sports activities is viewed in the U.S.””

You can read more about US math circles at the National Association of Math Circles web site.


The Prime Factor History

The Prime Factor was officially created in Summer 2010. It is a direct spin-off from the Northwest Academy of Sciences (an organization that hosts the existing system of the volunteer-run math circles and hosts the local chapter of the Math Kangaroo competition). The idea behind the creation of Prime Factor is to expand the network of Math Circles that are available to Seattle area students.

Prime Factor Math Circle is a nonprofit organization. The goal of Prime Factor is to engage school children in the world of extracurricular mathematics with the purpose of developing their math knowledge, problem solving skills and creative thinking abilities. We have a lot of plans and ideas how to grow and expand. We welcome donations and we will put them to a good use.