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National Math Festival 

December 2018  ·

Add Your Support... And Multiply Our Impact!

The 2019 Festival is organized by the non-profit Mathematical Sciences Research Institute — and made possible by the generous support of individuals and organizations who share our vision. Together, we’re inspiring an appreciation for the fun, beauty and importance of math!

Donations of any size are welcome, and will be listed on our website. Your support helps make the Festival accessible to everyone—donations of $750 will offset the rental of one school bus, making it possible for students from Title I schools to attend the School Preview Day. Donate online today.

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School Preview Day: Friday, May 3, 2019

Enrollments are open for the 2019 National Math Festival School Preview Day, featuring activities specially designed for school groups from PreK through Grade 12. This day is open to both local DC area schools and non-local school groups. Teachers, sign up to bring your class for an exciting, engaging look at the fun side of math! Enroll here—spots are going fast, and waitlists are being established.

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Natural Math and Math On-A-Stick

Make patterns, tile with turtles, and explore algebra and geometry in paper snowflakes! It's all part of the fun for preschool and kindergarten-aged children and their families, brought to you by educators and volunteers from Natural Math and Math-On-A-Stick. Learn more

2019 Festival Major Activity Presenters

2019 Presenter Profiles

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. Stay tuned each month as we highlight our 2019 presenters.

Math and the Movies

Dr. Joseph Teran, University of California, Los Angeles

Who made the ocean flow in the movie “Moana” and made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians, that’s who! Come learn about the math behind computer-animated movies — from a mathematician who has worked with Walt Disney Animation to recreate natural phenomena in digital animation. Learn more

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

Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Computational modeling drives everything from the most exciting animation to experiments to cure cancer. Learn how mathematicians use “laptop laboratories” to explore and solve really difficult problems — even before they occur in the science lab or the real world. Learn more →

2019 Festival Sponsors


We joyfully thank our 2019 Festival sponsors!
Simons Foundation · Alfred P. Sloan Foundation · Eric and Wendy Schmidt · National Science Foundation
Simons Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Eric and Wendy Schmidt
National Science Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Irwin and Joan Jacobs
The Kavli Foundation
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
Northrop Grumman
Festival Organizers: MSRI · IAS · MoMath
The 2019 National Math Festival is a program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

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