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News from the National Math Festival

January 2021 ·

Math Rap Double Feature

Register for NMF Live Performance Series: Math Rap Double Feature


Math Rap Double Feature: register here
Tues. Jan. 12, 2021 (1:00 – 2:00pm Eastern / 10:00 – 11:00am Pacific)

Join us next week for a musical treat for all ages, featuring:

LaMar “Mr. Q-U-E” Queen and David “Mr. D” Landix of Music Notes bring a math concert like you’ve never seen before! These teachers from Los Angeles, CA combine math and music to show that math is cool. Just don’t be surprised when you start dancing and singing along!

Professor Lyrical, a mathematics professor who is also a rapper, will demonstrate through performing, speaking and crowd participation how making rap songs — both written in advance and through improvisational “free-styling” — has helped him become a better mathematician and professor and how the process of thinking like a mathematician has also helped him as a creative performer. You'll help create a new rap song on the fly, and try your hand at math and logic activities.

Register for Jan. 12 Math Rap Double Feature
What's the Big Idea? Game Show on Feb. 16

Get Your Game Show On with The Young People's Project

It's the game show where the audience is the judge, with live interaction via the Kahoot online quiz game! Six mathematicians will take center stage with the single objective of presenting a very big or deep idea in math to a panel of six 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 live with our hosts!

This live session can be streamed to classrooms or at home, and features culturally responsive, grounding, and sustaining approaches to engage young people with mathematics.

What's the Big Idea? A Game Show Featuring Students and Mathematicians: register here
Tues. February 16, 2021 (1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern / 10:00 – 11:30am Pacific)

Register for Feb. 16 Game Show

Join Math Moms & Math Dads on Facebook

Math Moms & Math Dads is a place for parents and guardians of kids of all ages to share ideas and resources, give and get encouragement and ask questions. Join our group today!

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.

Preview the 2021 NMF Program 

Keep up to date with the latest program highlights for the NMF Live Performance Series (January – March) and the NMF Live Online weekend events (April 16–18, 2021). Visit us here. Later this month, join us for:

Witches of Agnesi Play Performance: Live Streaming and Panel Discussion: register here
Wed. Jan. 27, 2021 (1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern / 10:00 – 11:30am Pacific)

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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