2019 Festival

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 National Math Festival on Saturday, May 4th!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the National Math Festival events in Washington, DC and all the satellite events at science museums in 40 states around the U.S.! We loved meeting you, learning about your math journeys and discoveries, playing games together, and celebrating the limitless power and joy of math as a community. The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and our collaborators at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) thank you for your support and contributions to making the day a wonderful success!

Share your photos with us on social media using #2019NMF! We’ll be uploading photos this week and throughout the month of May showing off all the fun we captured, and sharing your photos of the day!

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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!

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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

Learn more about the presenters and organizations at the 2019 Festival below, or download the following resources to explore!


Major Activity Presenters

What would a Festival be without exciting, hands-on activities for ages 1 to 11, and on up to 111 (for those young at heart)? We are thrilled to showcase our 2019 Major Activity Presenters below!

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National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) allows adults and children alike to experience the evolving,…

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through…

MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization whose mission is to…

Natural Math and Math On-A-Stick

Math On-A-Stick is a fun family math event at the Minnesota State Fair. Children aged 2+…

The Bridges Organization
The Bridges Organization

The Bridges Organization inspires creativity at the intersection between mathematics and the visual and performing…

The Young People’s Project (YPP)

The Young People’s Project (YPP) uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary…

2019 Presentations

BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT

BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, a NYC based dance company, presents the choreography of Kyla Barkin and Aaron…

Dr. Holly Krieger
Dr. Holly Krieger

Dr. Holly Krieger is the Corfield Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Director of…

Mark Mitton
Mark Mitton

Mark Mitton is a professional magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand…

Dr. Lillian Pierce
Dr. Lillian Pierce

Dr. Lillian Pierce grew up home-schooled in a small town in California, where she developed…

Dr. Annie Raymond
Dr. Annie Raymond

Dr. Annie Raymond is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst,Originally from…

Dr. Emily Riehl
Dr. Emily Riehl

Dr. Emily Riehl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins…

Dr. Marcus du Sautoy
Dr. Marcus du Sautoy

Dr. Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science…

Dr. Nancy Scherich
Nancy Scherich

Nancy Scherich is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara working on…

Dr. Francis Su
Dr. Francis Su

Dr. Francis Su is Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and past president of…

Dr. James Tanton
Dr. James Tanton

Dr. James Tanton is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association…

Dr. Amelia Taylor
Dr. Amelia Taylor

Dr. Amelia Taylor is a data scientist at Zymergen, a technology company integrating machine learning…

Dr. Joseph Teran
Dr. Joseph Teran

Dr. Joseph Teran is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles….

John Urschel
John Urschel

John Urschel is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and…

Dr. Suzanne Weekes
Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes

Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts….

Dr. Avi Wigderson
Dr. Avi Wigderson

Dr. Avi Wigderson is a Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for…

Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman
Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman

Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman uses mathematics within cross-disciplinary research communities to help understand sustainability, climate…

Mathical Author Readings

Everybody loves a good story. Come hear award-winning Mathical authors read from their original and math-inspiring works!

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Steve Light

Steve Light grew up in New Jersey. He studied illustration at Pratt Institute. Upon graduating…

Judy Cox

Judy Cox is the author of Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, a…

Seth Fishman

Seth Fishman can hold his breath for 163 seconds and likes to blink about 15,000…

Wendy Lichtman

Wendy Lichtman holds a degree in mathematics, and when she decided to write the story…

Dr. Richard Schwartz

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!

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Make or Take Spiral

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.

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Art of Problem Solving

Art of Problem Solving textbooks have been used by outstanding students since 1993. The AoPS…

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) encourages women and girls to study and to…

The Benjamin Banneker Association

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to mathematics education advocacy,…

Chesapeake Math Program (CMP)

Open to students in Maryland, DC, and northern Virginia, the Chesapeake Math Program spans opportunities…

DC Math Circle

The DC Math Circle, directed by American University faculty, is on the informal side of…

The DREME Network

The DREME Network includes early childhood departments at Boston College, Columbia University Teachers College, New…

Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative

Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative is transforming the understanding, teaching, and learning of early mathematics…

Fairfax Math Circle (FMC)

The Fairfax Math Circle is open to middle and high school students; see www.fairfax-mathcircle.org for…

Ithaca College Dept. of Mathematics
Ithaca College

Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 7,000 students in the Finger Lakes region…

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through…

Marymount University

At Marymount University (MU), the mathematics department is committed to help you discover the beauty…

Math Monday
Math Monday with Puzzle Maker Scott Kim

2019 Festival: Make or Take Spiral Want to make math games a weekly club or…

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

2019 Festival: Make or Take Spiral Join the mathematicians of the Mathematical Association of America…

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative…

Dr. Nancy Scherich
Nancy Scherich

Nancy Scherich is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara working on…

National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) is a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership…

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) logo
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers…

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the only federal agency tasked with keeping the United…

Natural Math

Natural Math is an international community that creates rich, playful, and meaningful mathematical experiences for…

NOVA

NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching more than four…

Numberphile

Numberphile is YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channel. Video journalist Brady Haran friends and collaborators have…

Southern Maryland Math Circle

The Southern Maryland Math Circle meets at the Lexington Park Library with fun math activities…

ThinkFun

Children love ThinkFun’s award-winning games, mobile apps, brainteasers, and logic puzzles, available online and through…

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WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for…

The Young People’s Project (YPP)

The Young People’s Project (YPP) uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary…