Join us in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10am-4pm for this free, all-ages event!
What is the National Math Festival?
Whether you bring a friend—or bring the whole family—you will find inspiration and enjoyment. The National Math Festival brings some of today’s most fascinating mathematicians together for a wide variety of presentations, performances, short creative films, and hands-on puzzles, games, art-making, mathletic competitions, and more!
Whoever you are, however you feel about math before arriving, come see how math connects to what you love!
“Mathematics is part of our nature – to find structure in the world is simply how our brains work. When we make a point of making math accessible to people who haven’t done high-level mathematics, we bring that joy to everybody.” – Dr. Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University
“Math is the beautiful, rich, joyful, playful, surprising, frustrating, humbling, and creative art that speaks to something transcendental. It is worthy of much exploration and examination because it is intrinsically beautiful. Why play the violin? Because it is beautiful! Why engage in math? Because it is beautiful!” – Dr. James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America
Dr. Richard Schwartz grew up in Los Angeles and spent his youth obsessively playing tennis…
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room will be home to many short, creative math films throughout the Festival, as well as opportunities for Q&A with your favorite filmmakers and presenters. We look forward to publishing the film schedule in Fall 2018. Most films will be geared toward teens, middle schoolers, and adults. You can expect to see some special film events just for elementary students, too!
You asked for it. We’re bringing it! Meander your way through the Make or Take Spiral. Inside this giant installation, you will discover: local D.C. math organizations, national math clubs you can join (or start) at your school, exciting math resources you can take home (or homeschool with or take into your classroom…) or find online. This is math for everyone, so come see what appeals to you! Why limit the spirit of the National Math Festival to just one day out of 365 (oops, we mean 730, or sometimes 731)? Take home the Festival. There is plenty here to chew on all year round. Love to create? Yes, there will be hands-on, make-and-take activities here for young learners, too.