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News from the National Math Festival

January 2021 ·

What’s the Big Idea: A Game Show Featuring Students and Mathematicians

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 (1:00 – 2:30 pm EST)

  • Join the student judges as they — and you! — vote on how well each mathematician conveys a big idea in math. Every vote counts, so come ready to listen and play along.
  • The contest organizers hope this competition calls attention to culturally responsive, grounding, and sustaining approaches to engage young people with mathematics.
  • The Young People’s Project (YPP) uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary through high school students. Students become engaged citizens prepared to make a difference in their own lives, in the lives of others in their communities, and ultimately in this country.

We will be using Hopin + Kahoot for this highly interactive event. As a result, it requires a separate registration outside of the NMF Live Performance Series. We hope you join us!

Register for NMF Live Game Show • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

Now Open For Registration: The NMF Live Online Festival Weekend

Join us for the 2021 NMF Live Online Festival Weekend, 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.

Resource booths are staffed live on camera. You'll have a chance to meet math lovers from around the U.S. and around the world and fall in love with math in new and surprising ways together.

Register for NMF Live Online • April 16–18, 2021

Witches of Agnesi Play Performance
(Pre-Recorded) and Panel Discussion (Live)

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (1:00 – 2:30 pm EST)

Witches of Agnesi is a play that brings together three women mathematicians from three centuries in a mysterious meeting place outside of ordinary time and space, where they share a pot of tea and tell the stories of their lives and careers. This play should leave you with ideas about the important work women mathematicians do, and questions about why women have faced so many barriers.

Witches of Agnesi is part of the NMF Live Performance Series. If you haven’t already, register today for free on Eventbrite.
Witches of Agnesi - Image Credit: Helen Lambourne
Image Credit: Helen Lambourne

Math Rap Recording Now Available


Did you miss our January 12, 2021 NMF Live Performance Series event featuring math rap concerts with Music Notes and Professor Lyrical? You can now view the video recording of this family-friendly event here.

Thank you to the 800+ teachers and students from around the country who joined us live!

Free Weekly Math Puzzles by Email

Playful math puzzles, kid approved! Get the brand-new NMF Weekly puzzle newsletter for kids & teens, written by your math friend, NMF presenter Dr. James Tanton. You can also end James your questions or curiosities and he'll let his imagination run wild with new puzzles in response! View the archive online (including solutions) or update your email preferences to receive a new puzzle each week.

2021 Sponsors

We gratefully thank our 2021 Festival sponsors:
Simons Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Schmidt Futures
Kavli Foundation
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Donate to the 2021 Festival
MSRI · IAS · MoMath logos
The 2021 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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