# Making Math Meaningful

### About

Math Potentials is an education enrichment organization that teaches children to enjoy and experience success in doing mathematics.

We take away the anxiety some students experience with math by showing them that mathematics has a deeper meaning, and that formulas and rules can be understood and derived if forgotten. Once mathematics is properly understood, students feel enabled to take on a variety of challenging math problems with ease.

It’s not just about finding the answer, it’s also about developing mathematical reasoning skills to be able to justify the way in which the answer was found.

### Math Circles Program

**Math Circles** is an international term. They're social learning environments guided by mathematicians where students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics through problem solving and experience mathematics as a discipline of inquiry. **OUR Math Circles** follow a similar concept, with a slight difference...

Our curriculum is well structured and our topics are strategically chosen. We recognize the practical benefits of studying specific topics that will help students succeed in challenging high school and university math courses. The greatest value of Math Circles is that students develop a "mathematical way of thinking", where they learn how to approach and reason through a problem in a similar way that a true mathematician would.

### Testimonials

*"After Math Circles, I went into UBC and majored in Computer Science. I think that Math Circles gave me the ability to problem solve and think logically unlike most high school students, as we covered topics (e.g. geometry, proofs, more advanced algebra) that was not covered in the regular high school curriculum."*

**Brian Chau, former student**

*"When I was in the high school what I did most in math classes was memorize formulas and do lots of calculations. I was blessed to find the Math Circles program. I loved the way of approaching the concepts, and I learned a lot from the materials along with my daughter. Thanks so much for providing such a wonderful program to our kids."*

**Hannah Hwang, parent**

*"Let us not equate mathematics and arithmetic; let us not equate applying algorithms and thinking. Math Circles explores mathematics that is worthy of the human intellect. It's not trying to make math easy, but celebrates the challenge of struggling with a tough problem."*

**Gordon Hamilton, MMath, PhD**

*"I am pleased to inform you that my Daughter, Alisha Duggal (currently in Omega @ SFU) has been accepted into the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She wrote the Advanced SCAT exam on Xmas Eve and qualified for their Summer Programs with high marks in Math ( 90th percentile) and English. She is now eligible to attend advanced summer courses across many Universities including Princeton, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins. *

*Both Alisha and I wanted to thank the Math Potentials program as we know that in addition to her hard work at home, her being in the program for the last 2.5 years has been a contributing factor to her success."*

**Ashish Duggal, parent**

*"I am now studying statistics at the University of Waterloo. I think Math Circles helped me a lot, especially with regards to tackling a problem from multiple perspectives, which was a skill that I use a lot in both my academic work and professional work."*

**Robert Huang, former student**