DC To Welcome National Math Festival

On April 18, the Smithsonian Institution will host the first National Math Festival in Washington, D.C.  It will be the culmination of a weekend of events in the city to recognize outstanding math research, educators and books.

On April 16 there will be a morning breakfast briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss mathematics education.  It will be followed by a policy seminar in the Library of Congress and an evening gala to support basic research in mathematics and science.

On April 17 the Mathical Book Prizes will be awarded.  The awards recognize books that both teach math and have high literary quality.  Five prizes will be awarded to books targeted to particular grade levels.  The books must be published within the last five years.

The Math Festival will start at 10 am on April 18, at several Smithsonian locations across the National Mall.  The schedule strikes me as filled with hands-on activities, with some displays and exhibits thrown in for good measure.  I do expect the Minecraft-themed math presentation to be one of the more popular that day.

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