Over 700 Students!

We’re proud to announce that we have over 700 students enrolled this year! Thank you to all students and parents for spreading the word about our program – with your help we’ll continue to grow and to cultivate young math lovers all over Greater Vancouver. We’ve come a long way!

Problem Solving Workshop with Math Olympian Dr. Richard Hoshino

On Saturday, June 9 we hosted a Problem Solving Workshop with Math Olympian Dr. Richard Hoshino, followed by a graduation ceremony for the students in Calculus class.

Dr. Hoshino is a mathematics professor at Quest University in Squamish, and is renowned for his inspirational math lectures. His passion for math, education and problem solving radiated through the room and inspired many of the students, teachers and special guests who attended.

Among the many takeaways we all got from the workshop was a wonderful handout on Three Problem Solving Strategies for Math and Life.

We thank Dr. Hoshino for such an inspiring session, and we look forward to the opportunity to have you again.

Global Math Project From Week One

This year, in our first week, we tried something new: In Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta classes, we participated in the Global Math Project!

The Global Math Project aims to engage students and teachers around the world in thinking and talking about the same appealing piece of mathematics during a series of annual Global Math Weeks. Last week, one million students, teachers, math leaders, and adults from around the world participated in an astounding shared mathematical experience!

The challenge was Exploding Dots – the name of an astounding mathematical story that starts at the very beginning of mathematics – it assumes nothing! – and swiftly takes you on a wondrous journey through grade school arithmetic, high-school polynomials algebra, infinite sums, and advanced mathematics. It all feels like playing a game! 

We hope everyone had fun! We captured some photos from our experience of this international project:

Free Trial Class

Join us for a free trial class to see if the Math Circles program is a good fit for you.  Students and parents are welcome! The trial class is for students of all ages to get a feel for the style of our classes.

*please note that trial classes for the 2017/18 year are now finished.

Past trial classes:

UBC, Vancouver – Saturday Sept 16 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am

SFU Burnaby – Saturday Sept 16 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am

BCIT Burnaby – Sunday Sept 17 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am

SFU Surrey – Sunday Sept 17 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am


UBC, Vancouver – Saturday July 15 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am 

Semiahmoo Secondary – Tuesday June 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

UBC, Vancouver – Saturday May 13 from 9:30 to 11:00 am

SFU Surrey – Sunday May 14 from 9:00 to 10:30 am


ELMACON 2017 will take place on May 6th, 2017

UBC Math Circles students please note that the date of Class 16 has been changed to April 29 (it used to be May 6) so that it does not interfere with the contest. SFU Burnaby’s Class 16 falls on May 6 so students who plan to write the contest please attend Class 16 at a different campus. Plan it in advance and inform your teacher and the teacher of the make-up campus.

The ELMACON 2017 contest will take place on Saturday May 6th, 2017. Ahead of the contest, PIMS will again be running two preparations sessions for interested ELMACON competitors. These preparation sessions last for two hours and are free. They will introduce your child to the sorts of questions that will be featured in the ELMACON competition.

Please visit the website, https://www.elmacon.org/, to find out more and to register for the contest and preparation session.

Session 1: Saturday February 4th 10am-12pm

Earth Sciences Building
Room 1013
2207 Main Mall
University of British Columbia

Session 2: Saturday March 11th 10am-12pm

Earth Sciences Building
Room 1013
2207 Main Mall
University of British Columbia

Class placement emails have been sent out

The assessment tests have been marked and class placement emails were sent out on Friday September 16. New and returning students should have received and email about which class they are in, including class time, first day of class, and classroom. If you did not receive it please check your junk mail and promotional folder. Make sure to add info@mathpotentials.com to you contacts!