2019 Festival Schedule

Join us in the heart of downtown D.C. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for this free, all-ages event!

Whether you bring a friend—or bring the whole family—you will find inspiration and enjoyment. The National Math Festival 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!

Learn more about the activities and presentations taking place at the 2019 Festival below. Full schedule information, including event times and locations within the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will be released by early 2019.

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (All Day)

All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Additions, the Shop at MoMath & Author Signings

Stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your festival gift needs. We have…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room

Come to the movies! Your hosts will be mathematicians from around the country. These short…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Board Games Galore

Bring your own, or join a game in play! There are many excellent, mathematically fascinating…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Flagway Games and Flagway Tournament

Math with your sneakers on! Play a pickup game of Flagway, and cheer your favorite…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival invites you to celebrate your mind with mathematics. Come see…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Make or Take Spiral

Take the Festival home—or back to your classroom! Get connected to local and national math…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Math-Art Exhibit and Platonic Paper Folding

Fold and assemble a Platonic solid–your choice of a dodecahedron (12 sides) or icosahedron (20…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mathical Book Readings

Check your schedule for five fantastic book readings, one for every age bracket! A lost…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mathical Reading Room & Coloring Corner

Take a break from the action, and curl up with a good book—or do some…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

MathMINDs Games: South of the Sahara

MIND Research Institute took historical facts, ancient gameplay, mathematics, and the world around us to…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Natural Math and Math On-A-Stick

Make patterns, tile with turtles, count, spiral and play your way to mathy delight! The…

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wonder-ful Math with MoMath!

Join the National Museum of Mathematics for a day of interactive fun! Slice shapes with…

10:15 AM

10:15am – 11:00am

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Data Did That!

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

How Many Degrees are in a Martian Circle?

Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Math and the Movies

Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians,…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Math and Your Love Life

Suppose a school has the same number of heterosexual guys and girls looking to date….

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Mathical Reading with Steve Light: “Have You Seen My Dragon?”

Join picture book creator Steve Light as he reads Have You Seen My Dragon? The…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Safety Goggles Not Required: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Laptop

Computational modeling drives everything from making animation more art-directable, to experimenting with theories of cancer…

11:30 AM

11:30am – 12:15pm

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Can you play poker on the telephone with people you don’t trust? Amazingly, you can!…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Math, Ice Cores, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet….

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Math, Music, History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Would you cook dinner from a 300-year-old recipe book? Make clothes from a 300-year-old pattern?…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Some think of mathematics as cold, lifeless, and unemotional. But mathematics can be a hopeful…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Mathical Reading with Judy Cox: “Sheep Won’t Sleep”

Judy Cox reads her award-winning book, Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. In…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

The Creativity Code: The Art of Algorithms and the Algorithms of Art

As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate,…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks…

12:45 PM

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day and Take Over the World, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math and the Movies

Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians,…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math and Your Love Life

Suppose a school has the same number of heterosexual guys and girls looking to date….

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math, Ice Cores, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet….

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Mathical Reading with Seth Fishman: “A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars”

Join star-gazing author Seth Fishman as he dives into the humongous numbers that makes up…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

The Geometry of Chess

The chessboard is an eight by eight grid. Despite the limited size of the board,…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

The Power of Primes

Prime numbers are the building blocks of arithmetic. But how do mathematicians think about primes?…

2:00 PM

2:00pm – 2:45pm

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Dance of the Diagram

Dance of the Diagram, choreographed by Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, will delight all viewers, regardless of their previous mathematical credentials! The piece, commissioned by celebrated mathematician Dr. James Simons, was inspired by a beautiful piece of mathematics coming from geometry. As it goes in mathematics, so it goes on the dance floor, as dancers traverse specific sequences and patterns on a hexagonal diagram. Along…

8-10, 11-13, 14-18, 18+ , 2:00 PM , Presentation

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Can you play poker on the telephone with people you don’t trust? Amazingly, you can!…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Data Did That!

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

How Many Degrees are in a Martian Circle?

Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Some think of mathematics as cold, lifeless, and unemotional. But mathematics can be a hopeful…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Mathical Reading with Wendy Lichtman: “Secrets, Lies, and Algebra”

Tess, an 8th grader with a love of algebra, uses math metaphors to help her…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Safety Goggles Not Required: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Laptop

Computational modeling drives everything from making animation more art-directable, to experimenting with theories of cancer…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

The Creativity Code: The Art of Algorithms and the Algorithms of Art

As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate,…

3:15 PM

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day and Take Over the World, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Math, Music, History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Would you cook dinner from a 300-year-old recipe book? Make clothes from a 300-year-old pattern?…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Mathical Reading with Dr. Richard Schwartz: “Really Big Numbers”

Really Big Numbers: Hard enough for teens without a doubt, but crafty third-to-fifth graders should…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Geometry of Chess

The chessboard is an eight by eight grid. Despite the limited size of the board,…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Power of Primes

Prime numbers are the building blocks of arithmetic. But how do mathematicians think about primes?…

Time To Be Announced

Event time: Time To Be Announced

“Navajo Math Circles” and Other MSRI Films

Join MSRI host Dr. Hélène Barcelo as she introduces three film trailers for recent MSRI…

Event time: Time To Be Announced

Chasing Patterns (Film Screening)

A dreamy boy finds math in the world around him, in this 17-minute film by…

Event time: Time To Be Announced

Movie Animation in “Moana” and “Frozen”

Come see clips from some of your favorite computer-animated movies, and peek at how mathematicians…

Event time: Time To Be Announced

NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers

From the glitz of casinos and TV game shows to the life-and-death stakes of storm…

Event time: Time To Be Announced

NSF We Are Mathematics Contest Winners: Short Film Debuts

Ever wonder what it means to do research in mathematics? Ever questioned what you can…

Event time: Time To Be Announced

The Mathematical Games of Numberphile

Come see excerpts from two of Dr Holly Krieger’s favorite Numberphile videos, and grill her…

Event time: Time To Be Announced

The Physics of Football

Physics underlies so many different aspects of our physical world. Through actual football video, come…