Online Events

Join the National Math Festival for these online events that you can participate in from anywhere in the world with just your computer or mobile device!

Online Q&A with Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman: "Math, Tipping Points, and Planet Earth"

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Link: This event is now concluded, but you can read about the discussion at our blog.
Audience: Reddit is intended for ages 14 and up. As an open, public forum, some user-generated content may not be appropriate for younger readers.

What do lakes, fisheries, coral reefs, moods, kayaks, social media posts, the spread of disease, and the Earth's energy balance all have in common? Tipping points: when a system changes abruptly from one alternative steady state to another. How can mathematical modeling help support decision making in the face of these alternative possibilities? What makes for resilience? What causes change? Mathematician Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman (Bowdoin College) answered your questions about these exciting and accessible dynamics, which can inform your own choices and those of our global society. She was joined by environmental scientist Dr. Ross Lieblappen (Vermont Technical College).

View highlights from Dr. Zeeman's 2017 National Math Festival presentation

Personal Polynomials: The mathematical formula that spells your name!

The Global Math Project and the National Math Festival have teamed up to celebrate Global Math Week 2017 with fun formulas for everyone. Come get your very own Personal Polynomial!

What’s a polynomial? Just a type of math expression. What’s your Personal Polynomial? Find out by typing your name into the online generator! Desktop web browser users can even save your polynomial as an image file to dazzle your friends and family. How does it all work? Visit the Personal Polynomials site to see a video explanation!

This project was created by Dr. James Tanton (Global Math Project) and Dr. Branden Stone (Adelphi University), with support from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).

Online Q&A with John Urschel

MIT Mathematics Ph.D. Candidate and Former NFL Offensive Linesman, Baltimore Ravens

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Link: Reddit: Ask Me Anything (This event is now concluded, but you can view it at Reddit!)
>Audience: Reddit is intended for ages 14 and up. As an open, public forum, some user-generated content may not be appropriate for younger readers.

Whether you've seen recently retired Baltimore Ravens player John Urschel in action on the football field, followed his puzzle column in The Players' Tribune, or read about his career in major publications from Sports Illustrated to The Washington Post, there's more to learn!

Urschel answered your questions about football, math, chess, and more on September 8th. If you missed the live Q&A, you can still read through the responses at Reddit. You can also learn more about his mathy side in this February 2016 profile from the Notices of the American Mathematical Society newsletter, or follow him on Twitter.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like.. Math! #lookslikemath

Monday, December 12, 2016 - Friday, January 6, 2017

This holiday season , join us in celebrating the math all around you! As school breaks begin, share a picture of something mathy you find in your everyday life using the hashtag #lookslikemath on social media. Whether you're finding the Fibonacci sequence in a pinecone, fractals in snowflakes, or just counting out cookies, we'd love to see where you find math popping up in your life! We'll share your submissions on the National Math Festival Facebook, Twitter (@natmathfestival), or Instagram (@natmathfestival) - don't forget to use #lookslikemath!

Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Goldin: Statistics and the Media

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Link: Ask Me Anything about Statistics and the Media! (This event is now concluded, but you can view it at Reddit!)
Audience: Recommended for ages 14 and up.

How do journalists make sense of statistical data when they write about scientific results? The National Math Festival held a two-hour "Ask Me Anything" session with Dr. Rebecca Goldin, director of and an upcoming 2017 Festival presenter! is a statistical literacy project run by Sense About Science USA in collaboration with the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Goldin answered your questions about everything from polling accuracy to explaining p-values. If you missed the live Q&A, you can read all about it on Reddit, or join her National Math Festival presentation in April, taking a deeper look at statistics on video games and violence.