While you make your plans for summer relaxation and fun, we've shared some of our favorite content from the 2021 Festival and beyond that you can explore anytime, anywhere!
Videos from the National Math Festival
Expand your horizons with this video playlist of 2021 National Math Festival talks! If you weren't able to join these events live, you can still enjoy talks aimed at high school and adult audiences, including a play performance about women mathematicians, a game show created by students from The Young People's Project, and more!
Did you know that the NMF Weekly Puzzle Newsletter has 24 issues that you can explore? Throughout the school year, Dr. James Tanton created these fun explorations of mathematical thinking, featuring his favorite puzzles and ponderings about a wide variety of topics. Aimed at middle and high school students, each issue comes with a solution file so that you don't have to wait for results! Check them out at the Global Math Project website.
San Francisco high school student Madeleine de Belloy has contributed reviews of two Mathical award-winning titles for Grades 9-12. Read her take on David Blackwell and the Deadliest Duel by Robert Black, "a short but delightful biography of one of the great mathematicians and statisticians of the 20th century", and It’s a Numberful World by Eddie Woo, a popular YouTube educator who "manages to make complex math super accessible by weaving it into interesting stories about the world around us."
Celebrate Math Communication by High School Students
High school students Julia Schanen and Apoorva Panidapu have been named the two first-place winners in a worldwide competition for high school students interested in math communication, the Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).
Julia's winning poem, Math Person, was chosen for its "artistry and emotional power, its depth and raw honesty, its brilliant use of language, and its eye for the unexpected but telling detail" as Julia shares her experience as one of the few girls in the American Math Competition, and her longing for other people to share her love of mathematics.
Apoorva writes a blog called Gems in STEM, “a place to learn about math topics in an accessible, light-hearted manner." She welcomes readers with little or no math background, to show that anyone can enjoy anything, including math! The judges noted that her posts "touch on history, etymology, and puzzles, and make connections to everything from art and architecture to science and nature. Apoorva’s uplifting message is that math is everywhere and approachable by anyone from any background."
The contest will reopen for entries in September 2021. Many of you may recognize the contest's namesake from his New York Times bestselling books about mathematics and other endeavors, including his 2021 National Math Festival presentation.
For more fun to explore, check out More Math! Resources at the National Math Festival website, featuring puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats for all ages!
We gratefully thank our 2021 Festival sponsors:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
National Science Foundation (NSF)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)