Our Favorite Joyful, Collaborative Math Activities | National Math Festival
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF)

Our Favorite Joyful, Collaborative Math Activities

Saturday April 17, 2021 from 3:00pm - 3:30pm ET

Our universe is messy: its laws are difficult to figure out, its size intimidating... definitely not the best place to learn the Scientific Method. Much better to visit a Mini Mathematical Universe that is designed to reveal its secrets. 

In this workshop take a stab at applying the scientific method to a collection of intriguing - and fun - Mini Mathematical Universes.  Each Mini Mathematical Universe is a mathematical creation that, with enough poking around can be figured out. With the creator of these Mini Mathematical Universes, Gord! (Gordon Hamilton) as your guide, get ready to explore, test ideas, make predictions and figure out the laws that govern each one. 

Gord! is the founder of MathPickle.com, the designer of the board game Santorini, and now designs puzzling experiences at the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. 

JRMF's mission is to inspire the next generation of problem solvers through joyful, collaborative mathematics.

Additional Materials:

To participate in the hands-on activity part of this session, please have the following materials ready:

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper

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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival has been supporting fun math events for over a decade all over the world. JRMF's mission is to inspire the next generation of problem solvers with joyful, collaborative mathematics. Prior to COVID, JRMF supported hosts in setting up and running in-person math festivals, where students have agency to explore a wide variety of hands-on activities led by... Learn more