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National Math Festival 

Video Highlights from the 2019 Festival

Experience the National Math Festival through the lens of Numberphile creator Brady Haran! You can enjoy this short film on YouTube or at the Festival website. Thanks to the thousands of math lovers who joined us in Washington, DC.

You can also enjoy a new episode of the Numberphile podcast recorded with 2019 Festival presenter John Urschel, former NFL player and current PhD student in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Can't get enough? More episodes are available for free online!)

Video Highlights from the 2019 National Math Festival

NSF We Are Mathematics Video Competition Winners

To celebrate this year's National Math Festival, the National Science Foundation (NSF) invited NSF research grant recipients from around the U.S. to submit short videos to bring mathematics to life for Festival attendees.The winning films were screened in Washington, DC, but if you weren't there, you can watch the winners online this summer.

For those who may be curious about what it means to do advanced mathematics or conduct research in the mathematical sciences, these videos give fun and accessible glimpses into the lives and work of career mathematicians. The winning videos cover mathy topics from walking through virtual reality spaces to fungi super highways, fairly dividing rent among roommates, and songs that can help students learn statistics!

View all NSF We Are Mathematics Competition Winners

Contest Winners

  • Fairly Dividing Rent – submitted by Dr. Kelsey Houston-Edwards
  • Interactive Educational Statistics Songs – submitted by the Project SMILES team
  • MycoFluidics: The Math of Fungal Adaptation – submitted by Dr. Marcus Roper, The MycoFluidics Lab
  • Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality Using Ray-Marching – submitted by Dr. Henry Segerman

People's Choice Winner

  • Primarily Math – submitted by the Primarily Math team

Honorable Mentions

  • Cells, Clustering Algorithms, and Energies – submitted by Dr. Katy Craig
  • How to Factor Primes Like a Number Theorist – submitted by Sander Mack-Crane
  • Math Inspired by Inference – submitted by The Up and Down Arrows team
  • Math-Dance: Algebra, Geometry, and Topology – submitted by Nancy Scherich
  • MatheMaddies’ Ice Cream Map – submitted by the MatheMaddies team
  • Pilot Wave Theory: A Mathematical Bridge – submitted by The MIT Applied Math Laboratory

We the People: Math Literacy for All

The National Alliance WE THE PEOPLE – MATH LITERACY FOR ALL is planning a Public Briefing on “Mathematics Literacy in the Age of the Knowledge Economy” on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning, July 18, 2019. The purpose of the Briefing is to call attention to the very large number of young people who lose the thread in their mathematical development early in their education, often because of life circumstances over which they have little or no control. (Learn more→)

A Math Game Invented at #2019NMF

Visit More Math! online for fun, family math resources like books, puzzles, games, crafts, movies, and more. New this month: 2019 Festival presenter Dr. Jacob M. Ward of American University and the DC Math Circle shared a guest blog post with us about a new math game that was created at the 2019 Festival. Try it at home this summer!

Explore More Math! Online

Download Free Math Activities and Resources from the 2019 Festival

Looking for math activities to try at home this summer? Many of the participating organizations at the 2019 Festival's Make or Take Spiral have shared free resources you can enjoy from anywhere in the world.
 

Watch 2017 Festival Presentations Online

Hot summer days keeping you indoors? Watch some of the many stage presentations recorded live at the 2017 National Math Festival!

Summer Reading: Mathical Books for Ages 2-18

Get inspired this summer by a Mathical book! The Mathical Book Prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them. Winning titles are selected by a national committee of mathematicians, educators, authors, and librarians. Why not add a Mathical title to your summer reading list?

The Mathical Book Prize is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and in coordination with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

Download the Mathical List (PDF)

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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