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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
2019 Festival: Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival returns to the National Math Festival on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Learn more about the activity presenters in this celebration of mathematics for ages 8 through adult! Explore Geometric Origami with Mary Chrestenson-Becker Students will make multiple units and assemble these units into geometric shapes. The...
By National Math Festival | April 18, 2019
Photo of children doing math puzzles
More Math! Resources: Final Target game by ThinkFun
Calling all 5th and 6th grade math teachers! Are you ready to put your students’ math skills to the test? Check out this great new math game developed by 2019 Festival presenter ThinkFun! The game, Final Target, is perfect for improving math fluency skills and is ideal for teaching order of operations. The object of the game is to use the scoring numbers given to...
By National Math Festival | April 04, 2019
Math Monday
2019 Festival: Choosing Math Games for Kids with Dr. Scott Kim
As part of the 2019 Festival, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) will host the Make or Take Spiral, featuring outposts of local and national math organizations and clubs offering take-home and online resources, as well as hands-on activities. 2019 Festival presenter Dr. Scott Kim of Math Monday shared the following guest post with us about playing...
By National Math Festival | March 27, 2019
Colouring and Curvahedra photo
2019 Festival: Coloring and Curvahedra
As part of the 2019 Festival, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) will host the Mathical Reading Room Coloring Corner, where Festival attendees can enjoy some quiet time coloring and sharing their mathematical art. Among the coloring creations available will be works by Dr. Edmund Harriss (University of Arkansas), a “mathematician, teacher, artist...
By National Math Festival | March 19, 2019
Dr. James Tanton
Celebrate #NMF2019 with Dr. James Tanton’s week of puzzles!
From February 4-8, 2019, 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 below. Thanks to all...
By National Math Festival | February 19, 2019
People playing board games
2019 Festival: Board Games Galore!
At this year’s National Math Festival, a new activity room dedicated to playing and sharing your favorite mathy board games will be available to attendees of all ages to take a game break with friends and family. Learn more below! By Kirsten Bohl, Outreach Producer Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Join us at the 2019 National Math Festival for a chance to “show...
By National Math Festival | February 15, 2019
Photo of LHOS Bubbles
Sneak Peek: Geometric Bubble Blowing Events Around the U.S.
As we prepare for the National Math Festival on Saturday, May 4, 2019, we look to our neighbor to the west, the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, for reflections on their recent Geometric Bubble Blowing Event that served as a pilot for dozens of similar events nationwide this spring. By Michelle Rodriguez, Public Programs Manager Lawrence Hall of Science...
By National Math Festival | January 29, 2019
Participants attending the MoMath event
MoMath at the 2019 Festival
The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) joins the Institute for Advanced Study as a key partner of MSRI in organizing the 2019 National Math Festival. The National Museum of Mathematics, located in Manhattan, strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of...
By National Math Festival | August 30, 2018
Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)
The Institute for Advanced Study at the 2019 Festival
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) joins the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) as a key partner of MSRI in organizing the 2019 National Math Festival. The Institute for Advanced Study, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research. Since 1930, it has served as...
By National Math Festival | August 30, 2018
Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman
Highlights from Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman's Online Q&A (April 2018)
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?...
By National Math Festival | May 22, 2018