Online Events

Join the National Math Festival for these online events that you can participate in from anywhere in the world with just your computer or mobile device!


NMF Roundtables #3

Roundtable #3: Performing New Steps Together
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 12-1pm Eastern

Link: Register for this free online event: We will send you the webinar link, as well as instructions for those who are new to Zoom.
Audience: Open to all friends of the National Math Festival

We need each other more than ever right now. How can math help us stay connected and whole during challenging times? What does ‘performing change’ look like?
 
Join MSRI hosts David Eisenbud and Kirsten Bohl as we welcome some of our 2021 NMF presenters as they share their stories about adapting to the current global moment. In these informal roundtable sessions we will invite NMF presenters to share stories of change, encouragement, and exploration. While we don’t know yet exactly which NMF presenters can join us on May 27th, we do know they’ve all been busy adapting to life in these new times!
 
Register for NMF Roundtable #3

Roundtable #3: Performing New Steps Together
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 12-1pm Eastern

Tiny performances — or reflections on math and performance by some of the following:

NMF Roundtable #2: Focus on Mathical Books

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern

Audience: Open to all friends of the National Math Festival

Hosts David Eisenbud and Kirsten Bohl from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) joined 2021 Festival presenters to share stories of change, encouragement, and exploration, including:
  • Songju Ma Daemicke, author of Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant  
  • Jennifer Swender, author of Solving for M
  • Brittney Morris, author of Slay
  • Tiana Addai-Mensah, award-winning library media specialist at the Miles Jones Elementary Media Center in Richmond, Virginia 
  • Robin Adelson, executive director of the Books for Kids Foundation
  • Dr. Herb Ginsburg, Mathical Book Prize Selection Committee member and emeritus professor of psychology and education, Teachers College, Columbia University

The award-winning Mathical authors above read to us from their winning books. We announced and celebrated 25 Title I school libraries around the US who are the first-ever recipients of the Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards, administered by the School Library Journal. We shared news about Mathical titles being distributed to children in need through our partners at the Books for Kids Foundation, and announced new Mathical reading guides from DREME, available for online support for parents and educators.  

View the recording below or on Vimeo.

Jump to a specific presenter using these video timestamps:

  • Songju Ma Daemicke (beginning at the 4:08 mark)
  • Jennifer Swender (10:26)
  • Brittney Morris (18:50)
  • Intro to School Library Journal Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Award and 2020 winners (26:09)
  • Tiana Addai-Mensah (31:33)
  • Robin Adelson (36:16)
  • Dr. Herb Ginsburg (43:41)

NMF Roundtable #1: Stories of Math and Play, Change and Courage

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 12-1pm Eastern

Audience: Open to all friends of the National Math Festival

We need each other more than ever right now. How are some National Math Festival presenters coping with change? Is it all right to play during a pandemic? How can math help us stay connected and whole during challenging times?
 
Hosts David Eisenbud and Kirsten Bohl from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) joined 2021 Festival presenters to share stories of change, encouragement, and exploration, including:
View the recording below or on Vimeo.

Jump to a specific presenter using these video timestamps:


Online Q&A: Mathematical physicist Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf

Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11:30am Eastern

Link: Reddit: Ask Me Anything (This event is now concluded, but you can view it at Reddit!)
Audience: Reddit is intended for ages 14 and up. As an open, public forum, some user-generated content may not be appropriate for younger readers.

Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf is the Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s foremost centers for curiosity-driven basic research, located in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a mathematical physicist specializing in string theory, and his research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics, as well as the advancement of science education. Reddit users joined Dr. Dijkgraaf to talk about fundamental questions in physics like the Big Bang, black holes, and the mathematics of the universe.

In light of recent news about the first black hole photograph, Dr. Dijkgraaf shared an article he wrote about the importance of the image. You can also view a talk he gave at the 2017 Festival on The End of Space and Time: The Mathematics of Black Holes and the Big Bang. Follow him on Twitter @RHDijkgraaf or visit the IAS website to learn more about the many ideas that were discussed!


Dr. James Tanton's Social Media Takeover Puzzles

Celebrate #NMF2019 with Dr. James Tanton’s week of puzzles!

February 4-8, 2019 on Facebook and Twitter

Link: www.nationalmathfestival.org/2019/james-tanton-puzzle-takeover/
Audience: All ages

2019 Festival presenter Dr. James Tanton of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Global Math Project helped us celebrate the upcoming National Math Festival with a social media takeover event. For five days, Dr. Tanton shared videos of some of his favorite mathematical tidbits, which we’ve shared with you at the blog post here. Thanks to all who followed along with us!


Online Q&A: Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman

“Math, Tipping Points, and Planet Earth”

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2pm Eastern

Link: This event is now concluded, but you can read about the discussion at our blog.
Audience: Reddit is intended for ages 14 and up. As an open, public forum, some user-generated content may not be appropriate for younger readers.

What do lakes, fisheries, coral reefs, moods, kayaks, social media posts, the spread of disease, and the Earth’s energy balance all have in common? Tipping points: when a system changes abruptly from one alternative steady state to another. How can mathematical modeling help support decision making in the face of these alternative possibilities? What makes for resilience? What causes change? Mathematician Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman (Bowdoin College) answered your questions about these exciting and accessible dynamics, which can inform your own choices and those of our global society. She was joined by environmental scientist Dr. Ross Lieblappen (Vermont Technical College).


Personal Polynomials

The Math Formula that Spells Your Name!

The Global Math Project and the National Math Festival have teamed up to celebrate Global Math Week 2017 with fun formulas for everyone. Come get your very own Personal Polynomial!

What’s a polynomial? Just a type of math expression. What’s your Personal Polynomial? Find out by typing your name into the online generator! Desktop web browser users can even save your polynomial as an image file to dazzle your friends and family. How does it all work? Visit the Personal Polynomials site to see a video explanation!

This project was created by Dr. James Tanton (Global Math Project) and Dr. Branden Stone (Adelphi University), with support from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).


Online Q&A: John Urschel

MIT Mathematics Ph.D. Candidate and Former NFL Offensive Linesman, Baltimore Ravens

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2pm Eastern

Link: Reddit: Ask Me Anything (This event is now concluded, but you can view it at Reddit!)
Audience: Reddit is intended for ages 14 and up. As an open, public forum, some user-generated content may not be appropriate for younger readers.

Whether you’ve seen recently retired Baltimore Ravens player John Urschel in action on the football field, followed his puzzle column in The Players’ Tribune, or read about his career in major publications from Sports Illustrated to The Washington Post, there’s more to learn!

Urschel answered your questions about football, math, chess, and more on September 8th. If you missed the live Q&A, you can still read through the responses at Reddit. You can also learn more about his mathy side in this February 2016 profile from the Notices of the American Mathematical Society newsletter, or follow him on Twitter.


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like... Math!

Share your pictures using #lookslikemath on social media!

December 12, 2016 – January 6, 2017

This holiday season , join us in celebrating the math all around you! As school breaks begin, share a picture of something mathy you find in your everyday life using the hashtag #lookslikemath on social media. Whether you’re finding the Fibonacci sequence in a pinecone, fractals in snowflakes, or just counting out cookies, we’d love to see where you find math popping up in your life! We’ll share your submissions on the National Math Festival FacebookTwitter (@natmathfestival), or Instagram (@natmathfestival) – don’t forget to use #lookslikemath!


Online Q&A: Dr. Rebecca Goldin

Statistics and the Media

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12pm Eastern

Link: Ask Me Anything about Statistics and the Media! (This event is now concluded, but you can view it at Reddit!)
Audience: Reddit is intended for ages 14 and up. As an open, public forum, some user-generated content may not be appropriate for younger readers.

How do journalists make sense of statistical data when they write about scientific results? The National Math Festival held a two-hour “Ask Me Anything” session with Dr. Rebecca Goldin, director of STATS and an upcoming 2017 Festival presenter! STATS is a statistical literacy project run by Sense About Science USA in collaboration with the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Goldin answered your questions about everything from polling accuracy to explaining p-values. If you missed the live Q&A, you can read all about it on Reddit, or join her National Math Festival presentation in April, taking a deeper look at statistics on video games and violence.


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