For K-12 Students & Teachers

AWM strives to help change the dialogue around what it means to be a mathematician; as women and gender minorities in math, we know it matters that we are visible to young people to let them know that math is for everyone.

The AWM supports K-12 students and teachers through the following programs:

Many of the programs listed on this page are dependent on NSF funding, so check the individual websites for the current status of each.

  • The National Mathematics Festival in Washington, DC brings some of today’s most fascinating mathematicians together for a wide variety of presentations, performances, short creative films, and hands-on puzzles, games, art-making, mathletic competitions, and more! On alternate years, the US Science and Engineering Festival takes place– “the most exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States.”
  • The Julia Robinson Math Festival creates fun math experiences, develops math games, and trains educators on how to inspire joy with math. Check out their free puzzles as well as virtual and in-person events they have planned.
  • The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics in illuminating the patterns and structures all around us. Its dynamic exhibits, gallery, and programs are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The Museum’s innovative exhibits will engage folks from 105- to 5-years-old — and even younger!
  • Expanding Your Horizons is a one-day conference held at over 100 locations across the U.S. each year. Local junior high and high school students attend a keynote address, and attend workshops led by women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
  • The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) are a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.
  • The National Association of Math Circles. Math Circles for students bring K-12 students together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. Math Circles combine significant content with settings that encourage a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem-solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with a minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics. The Math Teachers’ Circle Network lists locations of math circles for teachers.
  • Sally Ride Science has a number of programs offered for K-12 students in the San Diego, CA area.

For Middle Schoolers

  • BEAM (Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics): A 5-week day-camp for sixth graders focused around mathematics and problem solving offered in New York City and Los Angeles. The program is free but admission is competitive.
  • Epsilon Camp: A camp serving exceptional young mathematicians ages 7 to 12 and their families through an intensive student program and parent workshop. This program is for children who are highly gifted and passionate about math.
  • MSSM Summer Camps: A 2-week camp designed to inspire and encourage campers ages 10-14 to pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Maine.

For High Schoolers

  • GirlsGetMath@ICERM: A one-week, day program for high school students focusing on mathematics and computing.
  • Girls Who Code: A 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls to learn coding and get exposure to tech jobs. Each week of the program covers projects related to computer science, such as art, storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, and apps.
  • Mathcamp: am intensive 5-week summer program for mathematically talented high school student designed to expose the student to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking.
  • MathILy: A 5-week program for secondary students at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. “Do you want to explore and create mathematics? Then read on, for that’s what MathILy is all about! In MathILy classes, instructors provide the framework and you get to make (and prove!) the conjectures. You will encounter new ideas, improve your problem-solving skills, learn lots and lots of advanced mathematics, and hone your overall thinking skills. You’ll meet others like you. (Yes, really. We promise.) Most of all, you will find serious mathematics infused with levity.”
  • PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  

For more options, see MathCamp’s Resources for Students who Love Math

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) –This site offers curriculum resources, and members are also eligible for grants, scholarships and awards. NCTM’s Classroom Resources has a rich history as an online hub for the mathematics education community.
  • Statistics Teacher Network  is an online journal that supports the teaching and learning of statistics through education articles, lesson plans, announcements, professional development opportunities, technology, assessment, and classroom resources.  
  • The Park City Mathematics Institute of the Institute for Advanced Study offers comprehensive professional development for mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, as well as programs for students aspiring to a career in mathematics.
  • The Mathematical Education of Teachers II, a report from the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences on teacher preparation and professional development. This report is a resource for those who teach mathematics—and statistics —to PreK–12 mathematics teachers, both future teachers and those who already teach in our nation’s schools. The report makes recommendations for the mathematics that teachers should know and how they should come to know that mathematics. It urges greater involvement of mathematicians and statisticians in teacher education so that the nation’s mathematics teachers have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to provide students with a mathematics education that ensures high school graduates are college- and career-ready as envisioned by the Common Core State Standards.
  • Knowles Science Teaching Foundation provides beginning high school STEM teachers with five-year fellowships designed to help them become master teachers and leaders.
  • Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program provides funding to institutions of higher education to support the development of NSF Master Teaching Fellows through professional development and salary supplements for exemplary mathematics and science teachers to become Master Teachers while they fulfill a five-year teaching commitment in high-need school districts. Also see the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
  • The American Association of University Women provides fellowships and grants to women to perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.
  • Math for America offers a community of teachers, and four-year fellowships for accomplished public school mathematics and science teachers who make a lasting impact in their schools, their communities, and the profession at large.
  • The Girls’ Angle Bulletin is a bimonthly magazine that contains interviews with mathematicians.
  • The AMS offers a selection of Math Posters promoting awareness of mathematics, its beauty, and applications. The printed posters are 18 x 22″ and available upon request, compliments of the AMS.
  • AWM-Matching-Women-Puzzles: The Green Puzzle and The Yellow Puzzle
  • Mudd Math Fun Facts is designed as a resource for enriching your courses with mathematical Fun Facts.