What is a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival?

A Festival is an event at which students play with mathematics. Typically, there are a dozen or more tables, each with a facilitator and a problem set, game, puzzle, or activity. Students play and explore individually or in groups, share insights, and make discoveries. Facilitators elicit logical processes for approaching, exploring, or solving problems. The facilitator strives to ask questions rather than provide suggestions or answers. Success is not measured by the number of problems solved nor students’ speed, but rather by how long students stick with activities and by the breadth and depth of their explorations and insights.

Festival activities are designed to open doors to higher mathematics for K–12 students, doors that are not at the top of the stairs, but right at street level.

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What are the requirements for a Julia Robinson Math Festival?

  • Most of the problems and activities for the festival must come from the Julia Robinson Math Festival.
  • There must be mathematical facilitators who support and encourage students during the problem solving process.
  • There must be time and space for facilitator training.
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