The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival supports fun math events across the world. The festival is a unique opportunity for students to participate in hands-on activities and learn about mathematics. The festival is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. You can read about their mission here. Also, check out some of their past events. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below. Hopefully, you’ll find one near you!

## NM Math Circle Collaborative

In collaboration with the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival NM, Santa Fe Community College and the NM Math Circle Collaborative, Santa Fe is bringing the joy and power of mathematics to middle school students. The daylong festival is free and open to all, and will feature problem sets, collaborative activities, and games. Julia Robinson was one of the most famous mathematicians of all time, and this celebration of her legacy will be an experience for the whole family.

This year, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival will host almost 500 events. They are now in 25 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The festival will hold nearly 120 events in 2020. Organizers are planning on hosting a table at the MAA Mathfest in 2020. The festival was also recently invited to host a table at the Joint Mathematics Meeting and is now partnering with the Math Circle Collaborative to strengthen the mathematical education in northern New Mexico.

The Math Circles Collaborative of New Mexico is organized by James Taylor and involves members of the NM Mathematics Festival and other educational leaders. During these events, teachers explore the mathematics of various topics by using classic Math Circle problems brought by guest speakers. Participants then investigate each problem and discuss possible pitfalls and opportunities in introducing the problem to their students. A number of teachers from all levels of mathematics education will attend.

## NM Math Circle

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is a celebration of math for all ages, bringing together the joy of learning, collaborative inquiry, and games. This year’s festival is sponsored by STEM Santa Fe, Parents@AlMS PTA, and the NM Math Circle Collaborative. It will be held Feb. 24 at the SF Community College. To attend, participants must be at least 13 years old and be accompanied by a parent or caretaker.

The Julia Robinson Math Festival is an annual celebration of mathematics in New Mexico. Math educators, students, and teachers are encouraged to attend. The festival hosts an online math circle every month. Students are encouraged to participate in breakout sessions for small groups. Registration for the Math Circle closes two hours before the event. The program includes a keynote address by Julia Robinson and is free to attend. Participants must register online in advance and attend the Math Circle.

A New Mexico Math Circle is a collaborative effort of educators interested in exploring mathematics. Math Circles use classic math problems brought by members or guest speakers to spark discussion. Teachers investigate these problems and discuss the benefits and potential pitfalls of introducing them to students. Participants also discuss ways to incorporate the math problems into their own classes. A Math Circle is an opportunity for math educators to share ideas and resources that will inspire students and improve instruction.

## University of New Mexico

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at the University of New Mexico is a free, noncompetitive math festival where students of all levels can explore math. The program focuses on collaborative problem-solving, while offering fun and food to attendees. Students can also participate in a variety of games and puzzles, which focus on different mathematical topics. Aside from presenting mathematical problems to students, the Julia Robinson Math Festival at UNM also allows attendees to explore the beauty of mathematics.

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival also offers a Webinar Series for the public, and is launching a series on March 26 that will explore math education and activity at festivals. The festival holds three sessions of a seminar each Thursday. Session attendees can participate in any of the three languages. The JRMF team is also comprised of community volunteers and faculty who facilitate breakout sessions and present the program’s lectures.

Parents and students can attend a breakout session for parents and educators, which teaches them about the festival and its goals. They can also take advantage of the Mathletics Challenge, which was open to students in grades six through 12.

## Stanford University Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Students

The Julia Robinson Math Festival for Stanford University Mathematics and Stats Graduate Students welcomes talented, underrepresented high school and college students from around the world. Participants are guided through a series of lectures, guided research, and group problem solving. The festival is designed to foster a community surrounding mathematics, while exploring current research and applications across the scientific disciplines. The festival takes place on the campus of Stanford University. Students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious grant.

The Julia Robinson Math Festival at Stanford University is a unique event where math enthusiasts can come together to celebrate mathematics. It focuses on collaboration and problem solving through interactive math activities. Typically, the festival has 12 tables of math activities for students of all ages. There are different problem sets for students to solve and a facilitator to offer support and motivation. Students can attend a Julia Robinson Math Festival at a local or national level, regardless of their level of mathematics.

The women-only Julia Robinson Math Festival will be held in the fall of 2020 in conjunction with the Association for Women in Mathematics. Participants are invited to attend two 90-minute mini-courses in combinatorics. They must also have taken an introductory algebraic geometry course. Participants will be awarded full financial support, and their travel and living expenses are covered. The application process opens April 6, and full consideration will be given to applicants until September 1, 2020.

## Stanford University

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is one of the premier events in the country, featuring 246 contestants, a keynote address by Nobel Laureate Stephen Hawking, and more. It is also the only major mathematic festival in the world to feature a woman, which is quite an achievement in itself. Julia is an X-chromosome-positive woman who is proud of her heritage. In addition to her work in mathematics, Julia is also an accomplished political activist. She once worked for President Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign. However, she never stopped thinking about her mathematical formula or a game she once played with friends.

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival takes place on the Stanford University campus. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the festival is open to students in grades 5-12. The event’s goal is to foster an environment where students can collaborate and learn in a noncompetitive environment. The festival also honors Martin Gardner, who pioneered the field of recreational mathematics and wrote numerous books about mathematical connections in art, music, and literature.

The festival featured more than a dozen activities throughout the day. One of the most popular events was a game of reassembling the Soma cube, a cube invented by Einstein during a lecture about quantum mechanics. Another activity was origami, an ancient art of folding paper into different shapes representing different objects. Another activity was a puzzle called KenKen, which is a logic puzzle similar to Sudoku. Additionally, the organizers will have participants build a massive mathematical sculpture. A mathematical dance will be organized, as well.

## Charlotte-Mecklenburg Regional Julia Robinson Mathematics and Computing Festival

This year’s Julia Robinson Math and Computing Festival will explore the activities of festivals that focus on mathematics and computing. In December, the festival will celebrate the 100th birthday of Julia Robinson. The festival will have more than five hundred events throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. By December 2019, the festival will have hosted over 500 events in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and DC. The festival has invited international participants to its events and will be hosting a table at MAA Mathfest 2020.

The festival, which takes place annually, brings together mathematicians from various levels and disciplines to encourage middle school girls to explore the possibilities of mathematics and computing. The activities include 3-D sudoku, Skyscrapers, and Wolves and Sheep, which is a strategy game played on a modified checkerboard. The festival will also include lunch and a campus tour. For more information about the festival and to register, visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Regional Julia Robinson Mathematics and Computing Festival’s website.

The exhibit will be on display at the Warwick Center through Feb. 2 and will feature an informational table. The museum is also hosting a brown bag luncheon group that meets at noon and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A brown bag luncheon is open to faculty and staff members. The luncheon is $10/25 and will feature the “An Approach” exhibit. Attendees are required to RSVP by e-mailing Michelle Starks.