Mathematics in the Community

Here you will find information on community programs in mathematics that we are directly involved in along with listings of other community organizations doing great work in mathematics.

Community Programs in Mathematics the Department is Involved in Directly

  • Science Literacy Week: Science Literacy Week 2021 is all about Climate. The Department of Mathematics is hosting a science conference for youth in Grades 8 - 10 entitled STEM in Nature: A Different Perspective on Climate Change Conference.
    • From their website: "Science Literacy Week showcases the many ways kids and families can explore and enjoy the diversity of Canadian science. Libraries, museums, science centres, schools and not-for-profits come together to highlight the books, movies, podcasts and events that share exciting stories of the science, discoveries and ingenuity shaping our lives. It’s about each and everyone’s unique relationship with science and how they live it."
  • Science Rendezvous: Each year the Department has a pavilion at the UofT site of this event filled with fun, hands-on math activities and is a chance to learn about the great math research going on here at the University.
    • From their website: "Science Rendezvous is an annual festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the street! We work with Canada’s top research institutes to present a coast-to-coast open house and festival that is free for everyone. With over 300 events across 30 cities and 1000’s of mind-blowing activities, Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest celebration of the amazing feats of science and engineering happening right here at home.

  • 100in1 Day Toronto: 2014 was the first year this event came to Toronto and the Department of Math was there with "Math in the Street". A chance for people to come in off the street and experience hands-on math in a fun and non-intimidating way.
    • From their website: "What if hundreds of people united, each putting in place the changes they wish to see in their city, all on the same day? This citizen-driven festival united people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change. These acts, or interventions, have the potential to raise awareness of urban and social issues, inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems."

  • Other Community Organizations Offering Math Programs

  • The Toronto Math Circles: The Toronto Math Circles is a weekly gathering for students with an interest in mathematics and specifically mathematics problem solving. Students gather once a week, on Saturday’s, at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. Click here to read our article on Math Circles
  • TVO's Homework Help: Homework Help is a free online math help resource for students in Grades 7-10. Homework Help provides free, live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers Sunday to Thursday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm ET. Homework Help is funded by the Ontario government and administered by TVO’s Independent Learning Centre.
  • Math Club: Are you interested in joining a math problem solving club for people in the Toronto area? It is a get-together of people who enjoy the thrill of solving math problems. It is about sharing some intriguing math problems and also about socializing with people with the same interest. The problems involve material that has traditionally been considered high school math. The club is not about math teaching methodology as it is not only for math teachers but for all who enjoy math problem solving. For a number of reasons, the club is not open to high school students – or younger. (University level students are welcome.) The meetings will take place every 3-4 weeks on days that are the convenient to as many participants as possible. If interested and would like more details, please contact Alex Pintilie at