Past Events


Past Events


Math Festival

APRIL 2016

Proof School students hosted over a hundred kids and parents from the community for our first annual math festival, full of hands-on math games, puzzles, building challenges, and magic tricks.

Resource Fair for Kids who Love Math


We're lucky that there's a growing array of resources for kids who love math--but which are the best fit for your child? For one afternoon, we gathered together a panel of leading educators, representatives from 20+ organizations serving kids who love math, and more, to help parents and students better understand the landscape of resources.

Ravi Vakil: The Mathematics of Doodling


Ravi Vakil is a math professor at Stanford University who has received numerous awards as a teacher, researcher, and author. In this public talk, Prof. Vakil shared a line of inquiry that began with childhood doodles yet leads to important notions in geometry, topology, physics, and elsewhere.

Art Benjamin's The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why


Dr. Benjamin is a professor of mathematics and a magician. In this talk, Dr. Benjamin provided a dazzling display of mathemagical entertainment as he fooled around with Fibonacci numbers, investigated infinity, marveled over mathematical magic tricks, and performed amazing feats of rapid mental calculation.

Po-Shen Loh: Big Numbers

March 2015

Po-Shen Loh is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon, lead coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team, and co-founder of Expii. In this public talk, he explored ways in which huge numbers arise naturally from simple-looking situations.

Proof School Previews + Admissions Events




In this series of events, we gathered for an introduction to Proof School, with math and maker activities, Q+A, interviews, and Math Ollies.

Arthur Benjamin's Mathemagics


Dr. Benjamin is a professor of mathematics and a magician, and combined his two loves to create a dynamic presentation called “Mathemagics.” He has presented this talk for thousands of groups throughout the world, and is a member of Proof School’s Advisory Board.

Proof School Previews


In this series of events, we gathered for an introduction to Proof School, with teaching demos by our academic deans and a Q+A.

Math Future Webinar


Five of the Proof School team—Sam Vandervelde, Zachary Sifuentes, Kathy Lin, Ian Brown, and Paul Zeitz—chatted about Proof School in an open webinar run through the Math Future series at NaturalMath.com.

Meet the Dean of Mathematical Sciences

MARCH 2014

In a series of events, we introduced our Dean of Mathematical Sciences, Sam Vandervelde. 


Math circles for students

Math circles for students


These math enrichment programs spark the inner problem-solver in your child.

Berkeley Math Circle

for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Marin Math Circle

for elementary, middle, and high school students

Oakland / East Bay Math Circle

for middle school and high school students and their teachers

San Francisco Math Circle

for elementary, middle, and high school students

San Jose Math Circle

for middle and high school students

Nueva Math Circle

for preK to 10th graders

Stanford Math Circle

for elementary, middle, and high school students

MSRI National Association of Math Circles

to find a math circle across the world


Math circles for teachers

Math circles for teachers


The best teachers are also life-long learners.


Bay Area Circle for Teachers

for educators to learn problem-solving approaches to teaching math

Circle in a Box

a guide to starting a math circle by our Head of School and Dean of Math, Sam Vandervelde. 

Oakland / East Bay Math Circle

for teachers to learn math and to inspire their students

Math Circle Summer Teacher Training Institute

held annually at Notre Dame University

Math Teachers' Circles Network

bringing math teachers and professors together

AIM Math Teachers' Circle

the original member of the national Math Teachers’ Circle Network




Math competitions

Math competitions


Many math kids enjoy the stimulating problems of math competitions.


Just remember: Some kids thrive in competitive settings, but competition success doesn't define a math kid. A math kid is simply a kid who loves math.

National Competitions


engaging middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs

American Mathematics Contest


American Regions Mathematics League

In the Bay Area, ARML participation is open to all interested students.

USA Mathematical Talent Search

a free competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

Bay Area Math Competitions

Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (BAMO)

three annual exams in late February for students and teachers

Berkeley Math Tournament

hosts a fall "mini" tournament for elementary and middle school students and spring tournament for high school students

Stanford Math Tournament

run by Stanford students in collaboration with Rice University and Johns Hopkins University.

Art of Problem Solving

an extensive list from the Art of Problem Solving


Math Books

Math Books


We love math and we love books. Here are some of our favorites. 

Younger students

Beast Academy

a project from the Art of Problem Solving for kids in grades 2-5

The Number Devil

a kid who hates math discovers the wonder of numbers

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat

"Penrose, a cat with a knack for math, takes children on an adventurous tour of mathematical concepts from fractals to infinity."

Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools

a full slate of books for problem solvers 

Older students

Art of Problem Solving

a mathematics curriculum designed for outstanding students in grades 6-12

Bridge to Higher Mathematics

the latest book by Sam Vandervelde, our Dean of Mathematics at Proof School, is offered as a free download

Books by Ross Honsberger

the author of many books on elementary and recreational mathematics is also known for his expositions of problems at the IMO 

Books by Martin Gardner

the mathematician, philosopher, and lover of magic is the author of a full library of books

Want even more recommendations?


Summer Programs

Summer Programs


These programs allow students to immerse themselves in mathematics and be among like-minded peers and mentors.


These programs expose students to a range of topics and depth of mathematical thinking beyond what is possible at most schools.


a summer camp for students age 11-14 who show high promise and who love mathematics

Canada/USA Mathcamp

an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. 

The Art of Problem Solving

an extensive list of summer programs from AoPS


Online resources

Online resources


The number of resources available online is vast. Here are just a handful of suggestions to get you started.


The Art of Problem Solving

online courses for math kids, a bookstore, forum, Wiki, tutorials, and more

Cut the Knot

a repository of mathematics miscellany and puzzles


“Videos about Numbers and Stuff” 

Vi Hart Videos

the YouTube channel of a "recreational mathematician" 

Thinking Mathematics! 

a collection of videos, essays, puzzles, and more from James Tanton