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2021 Festival Online

Thank you for joining the 2021 Festival!

The 2021 National Math Festival took place April 16-18, 2021.

Videos from the event will be shared in the weeks following the event.

The National Math Festival brings together some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants of all ages to see math in new and exciting ways. The 2021 Festival featured juicy talks, hands-on demos, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more for all ages.

2021 Festival: NMF Live Online Weekend

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 National Math Festival, with hands-on, interactive activities for youth of all ages, plenty of booths to stroll around and pick up resources for math play at home or in the classroom, and engaging films and lively math talks to round out the program. 

The NMF Live Online Weekend took place on the Hopin.com events website. Participants were welcome to join us from anywhere in the US or worldwide — all events took place in US Eastern Time.

NMF Live Online Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 16, 2021: 12:30pm - 7pm US Eastern Time (Stage Events Only)

Saturday, April 17, 2021: 10:30am - 8pm US Eastern Time

Sunday, April 18, 2021: 10:30am - 4:30pm US Eastern Time

View the full schedule of events


2021 NMF Live Online Weekend


Whether you're joining us as a classroom, a family, or on your own — you will find inspiration and enjoyment in this year's online events.

Learn more about the activities and presentations taking place during the NMF Live Online Weekend on Hopin below.


What to Expect at the NMF Live Online Weekend (Q&A)

How to Access the NMF Live Online Weekend

NMF en español: Spanish Language Events


NMF Live Online: Fascinating Math Talks

Take in live presentations by some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time, featuring:

“The End of Space and Time: The Mathematics of Black Holes and the Big Bang”
Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute for Advanced Study)

“Changing the ‘Face’ of Mathematics”
Dr. Erica Graham (Bryn Mawr College), Dr. Raegan Higgins (Texas Tech University), Dr. Candice Price (Smith College), and Dr. Shelby Wilson (Johns Hopkins University)

“Math Is Play!”
Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence (University of San Francisco)

“Numbers through Pictures: A Taste of the Geometry of Numbers”
Dr. Jesús De Loera (University of California, Davis)

“Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus”
Dr. Steven Strogatz (Cornell University)

“Math and the Movies”
Dr. Joseph Teran (University of California, Davis)

There will also be a special live reading celebrating the Mathical Book Prize

Mathical Author Reading: "Slay"
Brittney Morris


NMF Live Online: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Screenings and Panels

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room is your go-to for larger-than-life, math-inspired stories on the silver screen. You will also get to chat and dig deeper with panels and Q&As.

Secrets of the Surface: Film Screening and Live Panel Q&A
Film screening and panel discussion featuring Dr. Hélène Barcelo, Dr. Roya Beheshti Zavareh, Dr. Marissa Loving, and Dr. Marie-Francoise Roy

The Bit Player: Film Screening and Live Panel Q&A
Film screening and panel discussion featuring Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, Dr. Mark Levinson, Dr. Ronald Rivest, Dr. David Tse

Math Movie Sampler: NOVA, NSF "We Are Mathematics" Short Films, and Zala Films Trailers
Screening of television and film programming, hosted by Dr. David Eisenbud and Ralph Bouquet of NOVA Education.

Hidden Figures: Film Event with Live Panel Q&A
Panel discussion with film clips, featuring Dr. Erica Graham, Dr. Raegan Higgins, Dr. Candice Price, and Dr. Shelby Wilson

The Man Who Knew Infinity: Film Event with Live Panel Q&A
Panel discussion featuring Dr. Kathrin Bringmann, Dr. David Eisenbud, and Dr. Ken Ono


NMF Live Online: Sessions and Booths

Join some of the world’s savviest math organizations for a tour-de-force of online fun! Meet math superstars, find your own math star to steer by, and just plain relax and enjoy.

Come prepared to learn, engage, laugh, grow, play, and be part of an exciting math community for kids and adults of all ages.

Hands-on, interactive activities are the name of the game. You can also expect puzzles, demos, super-short talks, mathletic events, art-making, and more.

Parents and teachers, pick up resources for math play at home and in the classroom. Kids and grown-ups, roll up your sleeves and dive into easy-access, creative, open math activities for all.