National Math Festival 2017 in Washington DC

Interactive Events that Showcase the Fun, Beauty and Power of Math

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The National Math Festival in Washington DC will bring families together this spring to discover the power of mathematics in a fun and educational event. The event will include lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more. The National Math Festival is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).


Date and Time: April 22, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that this event coincides with the March for Science and Earth Day, which will be a large-scale event on the National Mall. Plan your travel accordingly and perhaps attend both events. 


Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC.
Parking is limited in the area. The best way to get to the Convention Center is by Metro. The closest Metro station is Mt. Vernon Place/Convention Center. See a guide to parking lots near the Convention Center.

Highlights of the National Math Festival

  • Oobleck Olympics. Small teams will walk, jump, and skip through a (non-Newtonian) water challenge; compete in a honey dipper egg-and-spoon style race; and shoot smoke rings like William Tell. Competitors will need to mathematically manipulate the forces of nature to win.
  • Visitors will explore the intersection of art and math by solving a giant SOMA cube-based geometric puzzle or touring the Math Art Exhibit selection of prints, sculpture, carved stone, ceramics and fiber arts created by some of the most creative math-inspired artists in the world.
  • Explore giant mazes, design a roller coaster, slice shapes with lasers, and more at MoMath’s interactive carnival of hands-on math activities.
  • Climate, Math, Ice Cores and You. See inside an ice core and use math to figure out what Earth’s climate was like thousands of years ago from air bubbles trapped in ice.
  • Learn how math is used to forecast and understand the powerful impact of hurricanes like Sandy (2012), Irene (2011) and Katrina (2005) on families and communitieswith Dr. Talea L. Mayo of the University of Central Florida.
  • Take your preschooler on a playdate with Dr. Maria Droujkova of Natural Math and create crafts, seek rotational symmetry in snowflakes, make a fractal cat, or play hide-and-seek with your missing X.


About the Mathematical Science Research Institute

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Since 1982, MSRI’s topic-focused programs have brought together emerging and leading minds in mathematics, in an environment that promotes creativity and the interchange of ideas. Over 1,500 mathematical scientists spend time at MSRI’s California headquarters each year. MSRI is known around the world for the quality and reach of its programs and its leadership in basic research, and also in mathematics education and in the public understanding of mathematics. For more information, visit

About the Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study, founded in 1930 as an independent institution in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s leading centers for basic research in the sciences and humanities, where the permanent faculty and visiting scholars have the freedom to pursue some of the deepest theoretical questions without pressure for immediate outcomes.

Its reach has been multiplied many times over through the more than 7,000 scholars who have influenced entire fields of study as well as the work and minds of colleagues and students. for more information, visit

About the National Museum of Mathematics

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life. The only math museum in North America, MoMath fulfills an incredible demand for hands-on math programming, creating a space where those who are math-challenged-as well as math enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of understanding- can revel in the infinite world of mathematics through more than 30 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. MoMath was awarded the bronze 2013 MUSE Award for Education and Outreach by the American Alliance of Museums.

MoMath is located at 11 E. 26th on the north side of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan. For more information, visit