2017 Festival: Celebration of Mind

Celebration of Mind

Celebration of Mind returns to the National Math Festival in 2017!
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Come experience the many facets of Celebration of Mind! Cut, color, fold, and glue mathematical illusions, discover the many faces of a flexagon, and construct surprising shapes out of möbius strips. Play with hands-on puzzles and solve problems created by the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, Gathering 4 Gardner, the Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation, and others. Explore unsolved math problems with Math Pickle; get puzzled by expert puzzle-makers; and enjoy geometric origami-folding. Engage in some interesting board games and learn some of the mathematics underlying their strategies—from classics like chess, Amazons, and Dots and Boxes, to newer offerings from ThinkFun Games such as Math Dice, Rush Hour, and more!


We’ll present a wide range of intriguing problems, puzzles, and games to share the joy of math with students of all ages. Participants can select a problem they find interesting, and work together with their friends or helpful adults to discover a solution—or unexpected results. Younger kids may find themselves particularly drawn to such hands-on activities as Space Chips and ThinkFun’s Chocolate Fix, while older students will appreciate the depth and complexity of problems like Difference Engine and Building Blocks.