Director: George Csicsery
Running Time: 58 min.
NAVAJO MATH CIRCLES follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. The documentary reveals the challenges in education on the largely rural Navajo Nation. Applications of math in native culture provide tools for increasing math literacy, highlighting the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics. The presence of math circles raises the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future.
A Q&A with Bob Klein, who is co-director of the Navajo Nation Math Circles Program and an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Mathematics at Ohio University, will take place after the screening.
Charmayne Seaton, 16, has been a participant in the Navajo Math Circles for three years and is featured in the film. Ms. Seaton will be part of the Q&A period following the film.