## ORMC Projects## Satellite Circles (2021-22 school year)- In 2021, an ORMC Intermediate 2 student, named Lawrence Pang, along with his classmates, Vedant Kharul, Rihan Patel, Benjamin Tang, and Andy Troung, started an ORMC Satellite Program for students in grades 2-3 at Wittmann Elementary School with the support of ORMC and of the school principal. Lawrence et. al. wanted to help the community and to provide a free math education to all the interested elementary school students. The team taught various subjects, including binary numbers, logic gates, Hotel Infinity, and ciphers, over the course of 18 weeks. During the program, the team spent much time adjusting the difficulty of the packets to meet the students' levels. The team hopes the students can use what they have learnt to improve their logic and critical thinking skills.
- An 11-year-old ORMC student, called Leo, started his own Math Circle for elementary school students in the Upland Unified School District with the support of ORMC, the district superintendent, and junior high principal. Following a lecture-style format taken from his six years of ORMC experience, Leo uses a curriculum that was created by UCLA professors, Dr. Gleizer and the late Dr. Radko. Once a week, Leo teaches lessons ranging from topology, combinatorics, logic, algebra, geometry, number theory, to numerous other topics that generally are not taught in the traditional school curriculum. Leo's goal is to increase student diversity, foster critical thinking, and promote more collaborative, discussion-based learning through engaging and creative methods of problem solving.
## Other Projects (2020-2021 school year)1) Due to COVID-19, all math circle meetings are conducted virtually via Zoom. 2) We have expanded our competition preparation program, and are now offering three groups, AMC10/12, Olympiads 1 and Olympaids 2. 3) Starting in Spring 2021, we will feature a chess program. ## Other Projects (2018-2020 school years)1) We are supporting current Math Circle students who are starting their own Math Circle Satellites in local elementary, middle and high schools. If you are a current Math Circle student interested in starting (or continuing with) your own Math Circle Satellite program, please plan to come to the math circle's satellites organizational meeting. ## 2018-2019: ORMC/LAMC Students Pay It Forward With Their Own Math Circle Satellites
Read this Spectrum News article for more information.
Although originally intended for competition preparation, the program also exposed the 22 students to advanced math topics like LAMC has done for me. The series of classes served to supplement the district’s fifth-grade mathematics curriculum, which has undergone vast changes since I was in elementary school– lots of topics have been moved into the 6th grade curriculum. This puts 5th-graders at a temporary disadvantage as they compete with students from other schools in math competitions and standardized exams, and also hinders their personal mathematical growth. Fortunately, my program successfully remediated many of these discrepancies. By the end of the series of classes, students gained and demonstrated knowledge in many areas of mathematics outside the scope of their school's curriculum, including geometry, algebra, and ciphers. To evaluate each student’s growth, I administered a pretest and posttest for the covered topics; all 22 students showed noticeable improvement and displayed their new mathematical skills. I am extremely happy that I was able to use the LAMC’s teachings and model to establish my own math program! Now a ORMC alum, Pranav graduated high school in 2019 and will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall to pursue an engineering degree. |
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