Around the Globe
Here we will be listing selected upcoming and/or ongoing national and global events of interest to our National Math Festival audience.
Julia Robinson was a mathematics professor at the University of California, Berkeley for many years who is especially known for her work in solving Hilbert’s tenth problem. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals began in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007 to honor her legacy and encourage more students to pursue mathematics, and have since expanded to other cities around the world.
Celebration of Mind festivals celebrate the legacy of Martin Gardner, who brought recreational mathematics to millions of people during his 50-year career with Scientific American magazine, as well as writing many books on math and logic puzzles, games, card tricks, and even Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You can find out more about Celebration of Mind events taking place around the world, or learn how to host one in your area. (And of course, you can join in the fun at the National Math Festival as well!)
The California Mathematics Council (CMC) offers these school-wide events to expose K-8th grade students, teachers, and parents to key critical mathematics topics. Activities and challenges are standards-based and appropriate for ALL ability levels. For more information about how to bring one of these events to your school, visit the CMC website. (You can experience the hands-on Geometry Festival in person at the 2017 National Math Festival!)
Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and has proliferated across the United States. Navajo Math Circles, a one-hour documentary film about the Navajo Nation Math Circle program, can be viewed on select PBS member stations and at film festivals around the U.S.
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures (United Kingdom + Online)
The University of Oxford’s Oxford Mathematical Institute offers free public lectures throughout the year featuring some of the world’s most highly regarded mathematicians (including several National Math Festival presenters!). You can view a list of upcoming events, or skip directly to view the videos of past programs from the comfort of your home!
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is held each year in April. Its goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. Activities include a wide variety of workshops, competitions, exhibits, festivals, lectures, and other events, which are organized by college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups.
Global Math Week
The Global Math Project is an invitation to students, teachers, and communities everywhere to actively foster their sense of wonder and to enjoy truly uplifting mathematics. Math is a human endeavor: it’s about thinking creatively, exploring patterns, explaining structure, and solving real problems. The Global Math Project will share a unifying, joyful experience of mathematics with people all across the world. (You can try the 2017 Global Math Week activity, Exploding Dots, for yourself with this video from the 2017 National Math Festival!)