2021 Festival

We are very excited about this year’s program, and we hope you are, too!

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The National Math Festival brings together some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants of all ages to see math in new and exciting ways. The 2021 Festival will feature lectures, hands-on demos, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more for all ages.

Major Activity Presenters

Join us for hands-on activities for all ages:

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) allows adults and children alike to experience the evolving,…

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through…

The Young People’s Project (YPP)

The Young People’s Project (YPP) uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary…

The Bridges Organization
The Bridges Organization

The Bridges Organization inspires creativity at the intersection between mathematics and the visual and performing…

Natural Math and Math On-A-Stick

Math On-A-Stick is a fun family math event at the Minnesota State Fair. Children aged 2+…

2021 Presentations

Come peek behind the curtain at the way math works…in the world around us:

Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf
Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf

Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study in…

Jesús De Loera
Dr. Jesús De Loera

Dr. Jesús A. De Loera is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis….

Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence

Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence is Term Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University…

Dr. Candice Price

Dr. Candice Renee Price is an African-American mathematician and assistant professor at Smith College in…

Dr. Steven Strogatz
Dr. Steven Strogatz

Dr. Steven Strogatz has blogged about math for the New York Times and has been…

Dr. Joseph Teran
Dr. Joseph Teran

Dr. Joseph Teran is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles….

Live Performances

We hope you admire and enjoy these talented performers as much as we do:

Susan Gerofsky
Dr. Susan Gerofsky

Dr. Susan Gerofsky is an associate professor in Mathematics Education and Environmental Education in the…

Brady Haran
Brady Haran

Brady Haran is a UK-based video journalist and filmmaker, and the creator of YouTube’s most…

Music Notes
Music Notes

Music Notes is an educational music company founded by teachers in Los Angeles, CA. Their…

Professor Lyrical

Professor Lyrical (Dr. Peter Michael Plourde) is a rap and spoken-word artist and educator known…

Maisha Moses
Maisha Moses

Maisha Moses is Executive Director of The Young People’s Project, where her work focuses on…

Dr. James Tanton

James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) writes books and video courses, advises on curriculum, consults…

Rhys Thomas

As a Seattle street performer in the late ’80s, Rhys Thomas created his Science Circus…

Mathical Author Readings

Everybody loves a good story: we have picture books to teen novels, and everything in between. Circle up as award-winning Mathical authors read from their original works:

Asia Citro

Asia Citro has an M.Ed in Science Education and was a classroom science teacher for…

Cheryl Bardoe
Cheryl Bardoe

Cheryl Bardoe is the author of Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain,…

Songju Ma Daemicke

Songju Ma Daemicke grew up in China. She is a former software engineer. Her book,…

Brittney Morris

Brittney Morris is the author of Slay. She is also the founder and former president…

Jennifer Swender

Jennifer Swender is a graduate of Yale University and received her master’s from Teachers College…

Ebony Joy Wilkins

Author Ebony Joy Wilkins, PhD, is a writer of children’s literature and professor of English…

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room is your go-to for larger-than-life, math-inspired stories on the silver screen. You will also get to chat and dig deeper with panels and Q&As.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has a nationwide film program to support filmmakers at every…

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative…

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the only federal agency tasked with keeping the United…

NOVA / NOVA Education

NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching more than four…

Make or Take

Meet mathematicians and other math-folk whose only aim is…to inspire you! How will they do it? By sharing hands-on, interactive games, puzzles, problems, art-making, and — oh by the way, they also have lots of suggestions of how to keep exploring year-round.

Below are a few friends we know are joining us — more to come soon!

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) encourages women and girls to study and to…

The Benjamin Banneker Association

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to mathematics education advocacy,…

The DREME Network

The DREME Network includes early childhood departments at Boston College, Columbia University Teachers College, New…

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through…

National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) is a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership…

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) logo
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers…

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts….

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative…

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the only federal agency tasked with keeping the United…

Natural Math

Natural Math is an international community that creates rich, playful, and meaningful mathematical experiences for…

NOVA / NOVA Education

NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching more than four…

National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)
National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is a network of organizations committed to informing and…

ThinkFun

Children love ThinkFun’s award-winning games, mobile apps, brainteasers, and logic puzzles, available online and through…

WGBH logo
WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for…

The Young People’s Project (YPP)

The Young People’s Project (YPP) uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary…