2019 Festival Schedule

Join us in the heart of downtown D.C. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for this free, all-ages event!

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!

Learn more about the activities and presentations taking place at the 2019 Festival below. Full schedule information, including event times and locations within the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will be released by early 2019.

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (All Day)

All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Additions, the Shop at MoMath & Author Signings

Stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your festival gift needs. We have…

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room

Come to the movies! Your hosts will be mathematicians from around the country. These short…

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Board Games Galore

Bring your own, or join a game in play! There are many excellent, mathematically fascinating…

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Flagway Games and Flagway Tournament

Math with your sneakers on! Play a pickup game of Flagway, and cheer your favorite…

The Young People’s Project (YPP)

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival invites you to celebrate your mind with mathematics. Come see…

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Make or Take Spiral

Take the Festival home—or back to your classroom! Get connected to local and national math…

Art of Problem Solving

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Math-Art Exhibit and Platonic Paper Folding

Fold and assemble a Platonic solid–your choice of a dodecahedron (12 sides) or icosahedron (20…

The Bridges Organization

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mathical Book Readings

Check your schedule for five fantastic book readings, one for every age bracket! A lost…

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mathical Reading Room & Coloring Corner

Take a break from the action, and curl up with a good book—or do some…

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

MathMINDs Games: South of the Sahara

MIND Research Institute took historical facts, ancient gameplay, mathematics, and the world around us to…

MIND Research Institute

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Natural Math and Math On-A-Stick

Make patterns, tile with turtles, count, spiral and play your way to mathy delight! The…

Natural Math and Math On-A-Stick

Event time: All Day — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wonder-ful Math with MoMath!

Join the National Museum of Mathematics for a day of interactive fun! Slice shapes with…

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

10:15 AM

10:15am – 11:00am

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Data Did That!

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world…

Dr. Amelia Taylor

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

How Many Degrees are in a Martian Circle?

Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that…

Dr. James Tanton

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings…

Mark Mitton

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Math and the Movies

Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians,…

Dr. Joseph Teran

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Math and Your Love Life

Suppose boys and girls in a school wish to date. Can we match-make so no…

Dr. Annie Raymond

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Mathical Reading with Steve Light: “Have You Seen My Dragon?”

Join picture book creator Steve Light as he reads Have You Seen My Dragon? The…

Steve Light

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Safety Goggles Not Required: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Laptop

Computational modeling drives everything from making animation more art-directable, to experimenting with theories of cancer…

Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes

11:30 AM

11:30am – 12:15pm

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Can you play poker on the telephone with people you don’t trust? Amazingly, you can!…

Dr. Avi Wigderson

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Math, Ice Cores, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet….

Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Math, Music, History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Would you cook dinner from a 300-year-old recipe book? Make clothes from a 300-year-old pattern?…

Dr. Lillian Pierce

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Some think of mathematics as cold, lifeless, and unemotional. But mathematics can be a hopeful…

Dr. Francis Su

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Mathical Reading with Judy Cox: “Sheep Won’t Sleep”

Judy Cox reads her award-winning book, Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. In…

Judy Cox

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

The Creativity Code: The Art of Algorithms and the Algorithms of Art

As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate,…

Dr. Marcus du Sautoy

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks…

Dr. Emily Riehl

12:45 PM

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich…

Nancy Scherich

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math and the Movies

Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians,…

Dr. Joseph Teran

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math and Your Love Life

Suppose boys and girls in a school wish to date. Can we match-make so no…

Dr. Annie Raymond

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math, Ice Cores, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet….

Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Mathical Reading with Seth Fishman: “A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars”

Join star-gazing author Seth Fishman as he dives into the humongous numbers that makes up…

Seth Fishman

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

The Geometry of Chess

The chessboard is an eight by eight grid. Despite the limited size of the board,…

John Urschel

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

The Power of Primes

Prime numbers are the building blocks of arithmetic. But how do mathematicians think about primes?…

Dr. Holly Krieger

2:00 PM

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Can you play poker on the telephone with people you don’t trust? Amazingly, you can!…

Dr. Avi Wigderson
Photo by Tom Caravaglia

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Dance of the Diagram

Dance of the Diagram, choreographed by Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, will delight all viewers,…

BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Data Did That!

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world…

Dr. Amelia Taylor

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

How Many Degrees are in a Martian Circle?

Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that…

Dr. James Tanton

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Some think of mathematics as cold, lifeless, and unemotional. But mathematics can be a hopeful…

Dr. Francis Su

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Mathical Reading with Wendy Lichtman: “Secrets, Lies, and Algebra”

Tess, an 8th grader with a love of algebra, uses math metaphors to help her…

Wendy Lichtman

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Safety Goggles Not Required: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Laptop

Computational modeling drives everything from making animation more art-directable, to experimenting with theories of cancer…

Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

The Creativity Code: The Art of Algorithms and the Algorithms of Art

As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate,…

Dr. Marcus du Sautoy

3:15 PM

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich…

Nancy Scherich

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings…

Mark Mitton

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Math, Music, History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Would you cook dinner from a 300-year-old recipe book? Make clothes from a 300-year-old pattern?…

Dr. Lillian Pierce

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Mathical Reading with Dr. Richard Schwartz: “Really Big Numbers”

Really Big Numbers: Hard enough for teens without a doubt, but crafty third-to-fifth graders should…

Dr. Richard Schwartz

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Geometry of Chess

The chessboard is an eight by eight grid. Despite the limited size of the board,…

John Urschel

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks…

Dr. Emily Riehl

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Power of Primes

Prime numbers are the building blocks of arithmetic. But how do mathematicians think about primes?…

Dr. Holly Krieger

Time To Be Announced

Event time: Time To Be Announced

“Navajo Math Circles” and Other MSRI Films

Join MSRI host Dr. Hélène Barcelo as she introduces three film trailers for recent MSRI…

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

Event time: Time To Be Announced

Chasing Patterns (Film Screening)

A dreamy boy finds math in the world around him, in this 17-minute film by…

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Event time: Time To Be Announced

Movie Animation in “Moana” and “Frozen”

Come see clips from some of your favorite computer-animated movies, and peek at how mathematicians…

Dr. Joseph Teran

Event time: Time To Be Announced

NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers

From the glitz of casinos and TV game shows to the life-and-death stakes of storm…

NOVA

Event time: Time To Be Announced

NSF We Are Mathematics Contest Winners: Short Film Debuts

Ever wonder what it means to do research in mathematics? Ever questioned what you can…

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Event time: Time To Be Announced

The Mathematical Games of Numberphile

Come see excerpts from two of Dr Holly Krieger’s favorite Numberphile videos, and grill her…

Dr. Holly Krieger

Event time: Time To Be Announced

The Physics of Football

Physics underlies so many different aspects of our physical world. Through actual football video, come…

John Urschel