School Day Information

Welcome to the 2019 National Math Festival School Preview Day on Friday, May 3, 2019.

This day is for pre-registered and pre-confirmed school groups in grades PreK to 8 only. No walk-ins or unregistered students will be permitted to attend. You should have received an email confirming the number of students you are permitted to bring in each grade level.

Additional information for pre-registered and pre-confirmed schools

Registered schools are asked to arrive at 9:30 am. Please come to the Grand Lobby of the Washington Convention Center.

Recording of a Live Phone Q&A — Event Overview & Your Questions Answered (Click link download or listen to MP3 audio recording)

Join the Next Live Phone Q&A — Thursday, April 25th — at 7:30 am, 12:00 noon, or 4:00 pm

Please confirm your event details by email. We need these now!

If you are traveling by bus, please tell us the number of buses via email to Kirsten Bohl at [email protected]. We will provide your group with a pass to access the drop-off location.

There will be media at this event, as well as house photography and videography teams. Please be aware that by participating in this event, you are giving consent for the children in your care to be photographed and video-recorded for educational and publicity purposes. If your students will be wearing nametags on the day of the event, please make sure they are first-name only.

As you know, you will be bringing lunches for your students. Students should wear small cinch sacks containing their own lunches. We will provide a designated location for your meal.

Please ensure a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 15 students in your care. Closer to the date of the event, we will confirm the event-day contact information you have previously provided.

Only students who are registered in advance for the event may attend. Our capacity is limited, and we cannot accept additional students on event day.

All travel grants have been claimed by qualifying Title I schools. This process is closed.

School Preview Day Schedule Blocks

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Serving PreK, Elementary, and Middle Schoolers

Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

  • Explore the “Wonder-ful” world of math with the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). Slice shapes with lasers, explore giant mazes, crank up the math tunes, design a roller coaster, and more.
  • Make patterns with turtles. Count, spiral, and play your way to mathy delight with Natural Math and Math-On-A-Stick

Grades 2-8

  • 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.
  • The Bridges Organization invites you to meander through a Math-Art Exhibit. Come be surprised by the way artists use math, and mathematicians use art, to make a statement about the universe.
  • Play Math MINDs Games: South of the Sahara, based on gameplay and events from Ghana, Mozambique, and Madagascar. African history, culture, and geography inform these games from MIND Research Institute. Games may be played in English or in Spanish. Please let us know which languages your teams will prefer!
  • The Young People’s Project invites you to compete in a friendly math competition. (Hint: wear your sneakers!) The Flagway™ Game combines speed, athleticism, and precision with the mastery of mathematics. Flagway™ has the same elements that most sports have: running, scoring points, teamwork, coaching, training, competition, collaboration, and fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which schools are eligible?

Traditional public, charter public, and independent schools are eligible. Places have been allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Fifty percent of the total bookings have been set aside for DC Public Schools and other public schools from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. One-quarter of total bookings have been set aside for Title I schools. Limited funding was available for Title I schools to offset the cost of school bus rental or Metro passes for participating classrooms; all travel grants have been claimed by qualifying Title I schools and this process is now closed.


What is the schedule?

School Preview Day runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Is there a cost for the School Preview Day?

There is no admission fee. You are responsible for transporting your students and chaperoning them. Limited funding is available for Title I schools to offset the cost of school bus rental or Metro passes for participating classrooms.

The National Math Festival is a free, public program through the generosity of our Festival Sponsors and Major Activity Presenters. The Festival organizers give our deep gratitude to the following organizations who are bringing their programs that day and without whose dedication, organizational commitment, and resources this day would not be possible—you are the best of the best, and you inspire us!


What about lunch?

Students should pack and bring their own lunches. We will contact you with details. All food should be consumed within designated eating areas at the event. Advanced food reservation and payment for food onsite is not available. Any items, including food and drink, that you bring into the convention center must be carried with you at all times. We will not have a holding area for your belongings.


Can we bring a group on Friday, and still come back on Saturday? 

You bet! Please do. We encourage children to return on Saturday and bring their families. We encourage educators to come both days, too. The National Math Festival on Saturday, May 4, is free and open to the public from 10am to 4pm and includes events for all ages. In addition to the hands-on, interactive events previewed by the children already, there are dozens of stage presentations, films, book readings, and take-homes for educators and families. Visit the event day schedule for details.

For free downloadable flyers promoting the public Festival on Saturday, May 4, see the 2019 Festival Supporters Toolkit.


Parking and Transportation

Walter. E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC, 20001

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown DC, right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. (View detailed directions on Google Maps)

By Metro: The Convention Center is easily accessible by the following Metro Stations:  Mt. Vernon Sq/7th Street/Convention Center Metro Stop, Gallery Place – Chinatown and Metro Center. View the interactive Metro map here.

By Car: Traveling by car or van, you will need to park at one of the public parking facilities surrounding the Convention Center. Car and van drop-offs are not permitted at the Convention Center. Please park your vehicle first and then walk to the Convention Center from your parking location. To access a list of public lots click here.

By Bus: Bus drop-offs are permitted at the Convention Center in designated areas only. Buses are not permitted to stage at the Convention Center during the event.  If you are planning on traveling by bus, Festival planners will contact you to coordinate drop-off and pick-up details.

Teacher Planning Tips

  • No large student backpacks will be permitted inside the Convention Center. Small cinch packs are acceptable for students. Chaperones may carry a standard backpack.
  • Please make sure that ALL students have their school and contact information with them at all times.
  • Chaperone onsite contact information must be shared with Festival planners in advance of the event.
  • Questions? Contact [email protected].

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The National Math Festival is open to the public on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

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