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National Math Festival 

March 2019  ·

Have You Registered Yet?

The 2019 National Math Festival is now on Eventbrite and while not required, we encourage you to register so that you can stay up-to-date on last minute details and receive reminders and insider tips. We will also send you an early preview (April 2019) of the Festival program to help you plan for your visit. You can also register for Dance of the Diagram, the Film Room, and Presentations.
 We need your help to spread the word! You can download free materials to promote the National Math Festival in your school, community, and on social media in our 2019 Festival Supporters Toolkit. Help us to share this joyful math experience with others by emailing a flyer or sharing the Festival on social media with your family and friends.

2019 Festival T-shirts Now Available Online

Online Exclusive! Celebrate math in style with a 2019 Festival t-shirt. Available in unisex and ladies' styles, take your pick of three designs in adult sizes from Small to 3XL. Shirts are available for order through May 31, 2019, and will not be sold on-site at the National Math Festival - get yours before they're gone!
Purchase a 2019 Festival T-shirt Online

MathMINDs Games: South of the Sahara
Mind Research Institute

Both kids and adults will enjoy this fun and engaging blend of math, history, culture, and geography. Try your hand at new math-related games for 2-4 players that take their inspiration from games in ancient Ghana, Mozambique, and Madagascar. These games are ready for families and friends to play together, with fun challenges for all! Learn more

Math-Art Exhibit and Platonic Paper Folding
The Bridges Organization

Fold and assemble a Platonic solid: your choice of a dodecahedron (with 12 sides) or icosahedron (20 sides). Make one to wear, decorate, or give to a friend! Afterwards, you can explore the way artists use math, and mathematicians use art, at the Math-Art Exhibit. Who knew math could be so inspirational, or patterns so beautiful? Learn more

2019 Festival Major Activity Presenters

2019 Major Activity Presenter logos

2019 Presenter Profiles

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Mark Mitton, Professional Magician

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings of the legendary Martin Gardner. Learn mysterious feats you can perform with everyday objects, anywhere and anytime in this fun and dynamic workshop for all ages. Learn more

Data Did That!

Dr. Amelia Taylor, Zymergen

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world around us. How does data transform into Alexa, friend recommendations, computers that play games better than humans, targeted advertising, and more? Amelia Taylor will share connections between artificial intelligence, "big data", machine learning, and how classical statistics fit into this story. Learn more → 

Mathical Book Prize: Award-Winning Titles and Authors at the 2019 Festival

The Mathical Book Prize is awarded each year for books that inspire youth of all ages to see math in the world around them. The 2019 Mathical winners have just been announced! Get the Mathical List

Mathical Book Readings

Join us for five fantastic book readings with Mathical authors, one for every age bracket. Learn more → 

  • Steve Light, Author, Have You Seen My Dragon? 
  • Judy Cox, Author, Sheep Don’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s 
  • Seth Fishman, Author, A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
  • Wendy Lichtman, Author, Secrets, Lies, and Algebra
  • Richard Schwartz, Author, Really Big Numbers

Meet and Greet in the Mathical Reading Room & Coloring Corner

Take a break from the action, curl up with a good book, and spend time with Mathical authors Robie Harris (Crash! Boom! A Math Tale) and Kate Narita (100 Bugs! A Counting Book), as well as Mathical Selection Committee members Dr. Rebecca Goldin and Dr. Herbert Ginsburg. Learn more → 

Book Signings

Visitors can have books signed by Mathical authors at Additions, the Shop at MoMath.

More Math! Online Resources

We invite you to explore the wonder and beauty of math with these puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats. New resources are added each month!  Learn more
New this month: Everyone can learn computer science (without a computer!) with CS UnpluggedEmmy Noether’s revolutionary theorem explained, from kindergarten to PhD levels; try writing your own mathematical poetry; and marvel at artists who create complex mathematical objects through crochet.

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
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
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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