2017 Festival F.A.Q.

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2017 Festival F.A.Q.

What is the National Math Festival?

The National Math Festival brings together some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants to see math in new and exciting ways. Through a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more, we bring out unexpected sides of mathematics for all – from toddlers to adults of all ages.

When is the 2017 National Math Festival?

The National Math Festival is a free, all-day event taking place from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Where does the 2017 National Math Festival take place?

The 2017 National Math Festival will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown Washington, D.C., right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The Convention Center is accessible by Metro (Yellow/Green line to Mt Vernon Square / 7th St-Convention Center), by car (over 3,000 parking spaces available nearby), or on foot.

Where can I find a schedule of National Math Festival events?

You can find the National Math Festival event schedule online or through our mobile app, NMF 2017, available for free via the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, and BlackBerry World.

Who organizes the National Math Festival?

The National Math Festival is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). You can learn more about all three organizations on our site, as well as our sponsors, program collaborators, and our math organization allies.

What activities can I take part in if I’m not in Washington, D.C.?

While the Festival is centered in our nation’s capital, opportunities will exist for teachers, students, and parents to engage with the Festival online and at select museums across the country. Math lovers can find more resources to solve puzzles and explore the fun at More Math! online.

Are there hotel accommodations available for out-of-town attendees?

The National Math Festival maintains a list of hotel partners in downtown Washington, D.C. which have discounted blocks of rooms available for 2017 Festival participants and attendees.  Be sure to fully review each hotel’s booking and cancellation policies before confirming your reservation, as every hotel may have a different booking and cancellation policy.

Do I have to pay to attend the 2017 National Math Festival?

No, the National Math Festival is free and open to the public! Preregistration is not required, and there is no admission fee for any festival event. All events are first come, first served.

What ages will the 2017 National Math Festival be geared towards? Are families welcome to attend?

The National Math Festival features over 80 activities for a wide variety of ages, from kids to lifelong learners. Visit the event schedule to find more information on programs for different interests and ages.

How can I get more information about the 2017 National Math Festival?

Sign up for the National Math Festival email newsletter to get news alerts about featured events, guest speakers, math puzzles and resources, and more. You can also follow us on Twitter @natmathfestival and use the hashtags #NMF2017 to join in on our online challenges. You can post your photos to our Facebook page and see photos on our Instagram, too.

How many people are expected to attend the 2017 National Math Festival?

Over 20,000 people attended the first National Math Festival in 2015, and we’re excited to welcome even more math lovers to join us in 2017!

How can I get volunteer at or sponsor the 2017 National Math Festival?

If you’re interested in volunteering at the National Math Festival, you can fill out the Volunteer Form online!

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact us at mathfestival@msri.org.

Can schools or youth groups attend the National Math Festival?

Schools or youth organizations that are interested in organizing field trips to the National Math Festival can contact mathfestival@msri.org for more information.

What kind of food is available at the Washington Convention Center? Is there a place to sit and eat?

There will be food available for purchase all day through the Washington Convention Center’s vendors, as well as seating and rest areas in Exhibit Hall D.

What accommodations are available for persons with disabilities?

At the National Math Festival, we are committed to providing equal access to events and activities for all participants, and we welcome guests with disabilities.  The Washington Convention Center is an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant facility, and all Festival spaces are physically accessible to persons with disabilities.

For Festival guests with hearing disabilities, a limited number of assistive listening devices will be available on a first come, first serve basis in 2017 Festival lecture rooms with more than 50 guests.  ASL interpreters will be available on a first come, first serve “on call” basis  during the event, as well as present at a select number of Festival events that will be identified in advance and detailed in the Festival schedule closer to the event date.

For Festival guests with vision disabilities, large format print and braille schedules will be available on request at Festival information booths.  Additional arrangements may be made to support participation in Festival events with advance notice.

In order to insure arrangements may be confirmed, we request that inquiries regarding additional accommodations be forwarded no later than April 7.  For more information or to request advance arrangements, please contact us at nationalmathfestival@gmail.com.