What's the Big Idea Game Show: Event Video & Resources | National Math Festival

What's the Big Idea Game Show: Event Video & Resources

Did you miss our live game show event on February 16? The event recording is now available!

This live event, hosted and planned by youth math literacy workers from The Young People's Project, is aimed at middle school through university students and adults, although younger students are welcome to watch as well. Six mathematicians take center stage with the single objective of presenting a very big or deep idea in math to a panel of six youth judges.

The contest organizers hope this competition calls attention to culturally responsive, grounding, and sustaining approaches to engage young people with mathematics.

What's the Big Idea: Students and Mathematicians (2021 National Math Festival)


Each presentation is followed by reactions from the student judges, with scores from audience feedback shared after the last presentation.

  • Introduction of event and student judges from The Young People's Project by Shawn Bernier (Starting at 1:44)
  • Jessica Andrews-Todd: Is a Square a Rectangle? (10:20)
  • Fega Okwa: Is 0 an Even Number? (19:52)
  • Dr. Pamela E. Harris: Why is 0.99999... = 1? (31:41)
  • Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez: Arithmetic & Geometric Sequences (46:07)
  • Michael Dairyko: Can We Divide By Zero? (1:01:54)
  • John Urschel: Are Some Infinities "Bigger" Than Others? (1:14:32)
  • Conclusion and Feedback Scoring (1:28:43)

This event was hosted by Shawn Bernier of the Young People's Project and Albert Sykes, Executive Director of IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America, a supporter of public education for children in the U.S.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers of the Young People's Project and our middle school, high school, and university student judges!


Additional Resources


The Young People's Project

The Young People’s Project (YPP) uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary through high school students to succeed in school and in life, and in doing so involves them in efforts to eliminate institutional obstacles to their success.