# 2017 Festival: Dr. Raj Shah, Math Plus Academy

### Dr. Raj Shah, Math Plus Academy

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes **Dr. Raj Shah** to the 2017 National Math Festival!

Dr. Raj Shah has always had an affinity for math. His love of math led to a Ph.D. in physics in 1999. In 2008, Shah quit his job at Intel and founded Math Plus Academy, an after-school STEM enrichment program for kids from 5 to 14 years old. His mission is to introduce kids and adults to the wonders of mathematics. He also contributes his time to Math Teacher Circles, the Julia Robinson Math Festival, and is a charter member of the Global Math Project. He believes that everyone can enjoy math, develop strong number sense, and become a perseverant problem solver.

### Exploding Dots: A Preview to Global Math Week 2017

Dr. James Tanton says: “Here is a story that isn’t true. When I was a young child I invented a machine (*not true*) that was nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. And these dots would, upon certain actions, explode. And with this machine (*in this non-true story*) I realized that I could explain true things! I could explain all the mathematics of arithmetic I learnt in grade school (*true*), all the of the polynomial algebra I was to learn in high-school (*true*), elements of calculus and number theory I was to learn in university (*true*), and explore unanswered research questions mathematicians are studying today (*also true*)!”

Come with pencil and paper in hand, and possibly an extra pair of socks—this lecture will knock yours right off!

**UPDATE 4/19/2017: Dr. Raj Shah**, a charter member of the Global Math Project and Exploding Dots expert, will give this talk in lieu of Dr. James Tanton, who was unwell and unable to participate in the National Math Festival.

### Math for Everyone! Celebration of Mind

Cookie Monster is caught in a cookie conundrum. He needs to eat cookies from several cookie jars as fast as he can. BUT there are some rules. Stop by to explore one of Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival’s most engaging and hands-on problems. Can you help Cookie Monster eat his cookies as fast as possible?

### Business Card Tetrahedra! Celebration of Mind

With billion of business cards printed each year, what are we to do with them all?! Join us for a fun and engaging activity that explores what 3D objects we can construct using business cards!