Information about NoCO Math Circles

The Northern Colorado Math Circles (NoCOMC) provide Math Circle sessions for both teachers (all grade levels) and middle school students (5th-8th graders). We work on solving math problems and discuss solution strategies together.

The mission of NoCO Math Teachers Circle is to create an opportunity for teachers in Northern Colorado to work on interesting mathematics problems in a setting that enriches teachers’ mathematics content knowledge. By working on rich mathematical problems together, we expect that our participants will enhance their understanding of mathematics and approach mathematical problems more confidently. In addition, we expect that by modeling student-centered and inquiry-based ways of teaching mathematics, our teacher participants will become more comfortable using these teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Finally, we hope to get teachers excited about mathematics, a subject they chose to teach, through fun explorative approaches and to forge new professional relationships among  teachers and university mathematics professors.

The mission of NoCO Student Math Circle is to provide opportunity for local students in grades 5th through 8th (entering 8th) to work on challenging mathematics problems in a setting that contributes to their mathematics knowledge.

UPDATE: Spring 2024 Session

During this spring we will have three sessions for Teachers only. These events will be on Wednesdays, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the University of Northern Colorado campus, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Ross Hall Room 2270 (second floor).

  • Session 1: February 21st, 2024 Wednesday: This session was facilitated by Dr. Katie Morrison and Sofia Cole. It was open to all teachers interested in solving fun math problems.
  • Session 2: March 20th, 2024 Wednesday: The session is open to all teachers interested in solving fun math problems. In order to ensure we have enough space and free snacks/pizza for dinner, please RSVP by filling out this form by March 18th noon.
  • Session 3: April 18th, 2024 Wednesday.

Parking Information: Unfortunately, there is no free parking on UNC campus. The closest UNC parking lot to Ross Hall (11th Ave and 23rd Street) for visitors is Parking Lot C. Check the map to locate Ross Hall (number 12) and parking lot C (blue colored) at the intersection of 11th Ave and 23rd Street.

SUMMER 2024: Math in the Mountains

Check out this week-long math program for math teachers at levels. You can learn about this opportunity and how to apply on this pdf document: MitM-TIP-240215

Previous Events and News

Due to COVID, we were unable to continue our regular events. However, we are excited to start our sessions again. Our first event was in 2022 fall, facilitated by Dr. James Tanton on Saturday, November 5th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm at the University of Northern Colorado campus, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Sponsors of Our Circles:

In addition to support from the University of Northern Colorado School of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Natural Health and Sciences, our Circles received funding from

We are grateful for their contributions!