Circles and Pairs
Circles and Pairs
Circles and Pairs is a mathematics outreach program in which undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and Colorado College (CC) volunteer to work two days per week with local middle school students. We engage students using two complementary methods:


Circles refers to Math Circles, group problem solving activities that emphasize creativity, collaboration, and discoverybased learning. Math Circles introduce students to fun and exciting mathematical topics that they typically don't get to see in their classrooms. Volunteer facilitators guide groups of students as they explore mathematical ideas, formulate conjectures, try various approaches, deal with getting stuck, and communicate their discoveries to their peers. 
Pairs refers to oneonone tutoring in which a volunteer works with a student on topics currently being covered in their math classes. The pair may work together on homework, practice problems, or test preparation. Throughout this oneonone interaction, the volunteer serves as both an instructor and mentor to the student. We also encourage volunteers to talk with the student about how mathematics is useful in a variety of college majors and careers. 