Hall D, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Age Level

8-10 11-13 14-18 18+
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival invites you to celebrate your mind with mathematics. Come see how mathematics can jump off the pages of a book, grow out of a board game, or emerge from a the dialogue of a cartoon. Our mathematics will tickle your mind, and your mind will respond with thoughts you never knew you had – and maybe thoughts that no one else has had!

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2019 Festival: Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Presenters

Explore Geometric Origami with Mary Chrestenson-Becker

Students will make multiple units and assemble these units into geometric shapes. The results of the folding will be colorful and beautiful models that students can take home with them.

Play Amazons with the Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation

Come learn and enjoy Amazons, a colorful game of strategy to fascinate the entire family. Try your hand at the Game of Konane, the ancient Hawaiian version of checkers: extremely simple to learn, but infinitely challenging to play.

Use Math to Solve Fun Mechanical Puzzles with Stan Isaacs

What sort of mechanical puzzles? Squares, cubes, ball pyramids, and more!

Can You Win at Nim? with Math Plus Academy

Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing stones from piles. Be the person who takes the last stone and you win. It’s a simple game for mathematicians of all ages to explore.

Find Sets, Build SOMA Cubes, and Get a Taste of Intransitive Skittles with the Math Teachers’ Circle Network

Math Teachers’ Circles are professional communities where teachers get a chance to work on rich mathematics problems together, allowing them to enrich their own mathematical knowledge and bring more problem solving to their students.

How Can You Use Math to Game a Game Show? with Mathematics in Motion

Monty Hall, the host of Let’s Make a Deal, used to give contestants the chance to change their bets in a game show after showing them a hint. Should they or shouldn’t they? We’ll get students to try this out for themselves, think about the Monty Hall paradox, and learn about probabilities.

Learn and Play a Few Beautiful Board Games with Dr. Gord Hamilton of MathPickle

Dr. Gordon Hamilton is a board game and puzzle designer. He founded MathPickle in 2010 to inject new ideas into the classroom. There is nothing he enjoys more than stumping students and having them stump him. Gordon is the designer of the board game Santorini, which launched April 2016 with the largest ever Kickstarter for a strategy game.

Play with Islamic Geometric Pattern Tiles with Rebin Muhammad

Create your own unique artwork and patterns with these colorful tiles and discover beautiful symmetries.

Learn the World’s Most Fascinating Game with the National Go Center

From emperors to AIs, all have struggled to unlock go’s secrets. We’ll provide a hands-on introduction to the game. After you learn the rules, test your wits on our go puzzles!

Look Inside the Math behind the Rubik’s Cube with Sydney Weaver

Sydney Weaver, 21, is a seven-time gold medalist professional Speed Cuber. She loves sharing mathematics with people of all ages typically using the Rubik’s Cube as an interesting medium. She hosts multiple workshops throughout the year in many locations in hopes of spreading math and learning as much as possible. 


2019 Festival: Make or Take Spiral

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival will offer take home puzzle booklets and other game-based resources for all ages and levels of challenge!

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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem solving. Festivals are held around the country at different…

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Elwyn & Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation

The Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation, located in Oakland, California, is devoted to furthering the mathematical sciences, from the most advanced research to the playful and inspired inventions of amateurs….

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Mary Chrestenson-Becker

Mary Chrestenson-Becker is a math tutor and an origami teacher. She has been conducting origami classes and workshops in schools and at events for the past 25 years. She enjoys…

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MathPickle

MathPickle’s primary objective is to get 13 curricular unsolved problems into classrooms worldwide — one for each grade K-12. A conference in November 2013 established the 13 unsolved problems. To…

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Math Plus Academy

Math Plus Academy is an after-school STEM enrichment program in Central Ohio for kids from 5 to 14 years old. At the 2019 Festival Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival: Can You…

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Math Teachers’ Circle Network

Math Teachers’ Circles are professional communities where teachers get a chance to work on rich mathematics problems together, allowing them to enrich their own mathematical knowledge and bring more problem solving to their…

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Mathematics in Motion

Dr. Evans Harrell is an emeritus mathematics professor at Georgia Tech, co-founder of the educational nonprofit Mathematics in Motion, and co-founder of the Atlanta Science Festival, an annual event attracting over…

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National Go Center

The National Go Center is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of the game of go. Go is the world’s oldest continuously played game, and today millions around the…

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Rebin Muhammad

Rebin Muhammad was born in Kurdistan of Iraq and is a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University. He developed an interest in Islamic Geometric Patterns (IGP) after discovering the work of…

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Stan Isaacs

Stan Isaacs retired from a lifetime career as a programmer to teach computing at the College of San Mateo. He now has time to pursue his avocations – mathematics, mechanical…

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Sydney Weaver

Sydney Weaver, 21, is a seven-time gold medalist professional Speed Cuber. She loves sharing mathematics with people of all ages typically using the Rubik’s Cube as an interesting medium. She…

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