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News from the National Math Festival

October 2018  ·

The 2019 National Math Festival is coming. And it's HUGE!

The 2019 National Math Festival and its many free, fun, and surprising activities are just months away! The event is even more special when you come not just with family, but with friends, too! So be a multiplier, not a divider — and share your plans to attend on your favorite social media platforms. Remember, more friends attending = more fun! 

Add the National Math Festival to your calendar!


New for 2019 — The Make or Take Spiral

Families, you asked for more make-and-take fun, and more activities you can do at home… Educators, you asked for new ideas… We heard you! The Make or Take Spiral is a giant, interactive installation where visitors will discover local DC math organizations, national math clubs, online and take-home resources, and much more!  Learn more

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.

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Cryptography is the science of writing in secret codes, and it’s how we safeguard digital communications. In this session hosted by 2019 Festival key partner IAS, Dr. Avi Wigderson reveals the incredible story of how cryptography was born from mind games and toys, and the amazing ways it is changing… well, everything! Learn more 

The Mathematics of Social Choice

With mid-term elections just weeks away, the mathematical ideas that affect voting have never been more relevant. Dr. Emily Riehl of Johns Hopkins University, will seek to answer, among other questions: If more than two candidates run for office, by what procedure should the winner be chosen to most equitably reflect voter intent? Learn more

More to Explore with More Math!

Can't wait for May 4th? Check out the always-expanding More Math! online resources for kids and adults of all ages. (Sort by age – we predict you'll be delighted by all you find.) Among our favorites: Exploding Dots, created by Dr. James Tanton and the Global Math Project.

And don't miss Tanton's upcoming 2019 presentation, How Many Degrees Are in a Martian Circle?

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Here’s a fun way to stretch your brain — and see how mathematics can “jump off” the pages of a book, a board game, or even a cartoon. Our activities will tickle your mind, and help you think of math in ways you never have before… and maybe that no one else, anywhere, has ever thought of before!  Learn more

The Young People’s Project (YPP) - Flagway™ Game Tournament

The YPP’s 3rd Annual National Flagway™ Tournament will bring together middle school players and high school coach/mentors from across the country for a friendly math competition. As seen in this 2017 Festival video, the game combines speed, athletics, math abilities and fun!  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
The Kavli Foundation

American Mathematical Society (AMS)
The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
Northrop Grumman
Donate to the 2019 Festival
MSRI · IAS · MoMath logos
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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