# Blog

Jan 27

Who is Julia Robinson?

What made Julia Robinson a famous figure in the math world? Why do we honor her with math festivals? Where can I learn more about her?

Dec 13, 2022

Best Math Purchases for Kids this Holiday Season

The math educators at Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival recommend their favorite games, puzzles and books to buy for your budding (or trepidatious!) mathematician.

Aug 30, 2022

JRMF Receives STEM Grant from PPG Foundation

The donation will allow 8 low-income schools in Pittsburgh to receive $3,000 to host a math festival

Aug 18, 2022

Registration Open for the San Jose Math Festival

The festival is a celebration of JRMF's 15-year anniversary and will feature free lunch and giveaways

Aug 08, 2022

JRMF’s New Brand: Making Math a Festival

Why we updated our logo but still provide the same magical math

Aug 05, 2022

Q&A: How do you get kids to love math? Try a festival.

JRMF founder Nancy Blachman was featured in the Jewish News of Northern California

Jun 27, 2022

STEM Santa Fe Hosts 6th Annual JRMF

Students from Carlos F. Vigil Middle School in Española, NM increased their math confidence by 10% in just 2 hours at the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.

Jun 13, 2022

JRMF Founder Nancy Blachman Featured By UC Berkeley

The spotlight focuses on her love of recreational math and her passion for making math fun for kids.

Jun 09, 2022

Making The World Into A Math Festival

How I Used Salt and Pepper Shakers to Convert My Friends Into Math Lovers

May 02, 2022

Paying It Forward: A Math Festival In Venice

Sikimeti Ma’u hosted a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival to introduce math-averse kids to its joys and possibilities

Apr 28, 2022

MAA Focus: JRMF Offers Free Classroom Visits

JRMF was featured in the Mathematical Association of America's spring 2022 magazine.

Apr 22, 2022

The Cure For Math Anxiety (And Why It Doesn’t Exist)

Math anxiety is the reason I fell in love with math festivals. Math festivals give all people — regardless of age or background — permission to play, experiment, grow, discuss, share, and work together in ways that are rarely associated with math.

Mar 29, 2022

Why You Should Care About Puzzles

Math puzzles have simple-to-understand rules that make them easy to dive into, but their novel challenges push the limits of creativity. You don’t need years of formal math training or a high IQ to develop new ideas or find creative ways to repurpose an old thought.

Mar 14, 2022

The Magic Of In-Person Math Festivals

Fran McCrackin, an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C. has hosted several Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals for 5th graders.

Mar 07, 2022

Redefining Math For Middle Schoolers

As a parent volunteer at the Science Academy STEM Magnet in Los Angeles, Tom Tsao sources activities for the kids to do after school and sees firsthand how puzzles and games bring math to life for the students.

Feb 28, 2022

3 Virtual Festivals…And Counting

High school freshman Sahiba Kaur hosts math festivals for her school, teaching other kids the fun in math

Feb 22, 2022

Magical Math Moments: 2021 Annual Report

The annual report highlights JRMF's efforts to expand joyful math outreach throughout the world

Feb 08, 2022

Free, Virtual Classroom Visits To Promote Fun Math

The virtual classroom visits are a free service that will bring game-based math to low-income schools in the U.S.

Jan 14, 2022

Host a Math Festival in 2022 — and Win a Free Game

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival will send a free math game to 222 math festival hosts in 2022!

Dec 10, 2021

How To Run A Math Festival In Your Community

Download our DIY festival planner to get started on hosting your own math festival.

Nov 22, 2021

3 Reasons To Support the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival On #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 30, is #GivingTuesday, and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is here for the party.

Oct 05, 2021

American Mathematics Society Spotlight

The American Mathematical Society celebrates its partnership with JRMF.

Oct 04, 2021

Festival Spotlight: USGS, Mumbai

More than 200 students attended a virtual math festival in India.

Sep 13, 2021

Pandemic Playtime: How The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Saved My Life

JRMF has created something that did not exist before the pandemic, a community of adult math educators and enthusiasts who are passionate about math outreach.

May 20, 2021

The Opposite Of Math Circles

If we want math to be accessible to all, we need to build events where our children have choice, collaborate, and create and explain their own mathematical thinking.

May 20, 2021

MAA Focus: Despite Pandemic JRMF Expands Around The World

Moving online turned out to be an opportunity to revamp our activities and reach a whole new audience.

May 20, 2021

A Life-Changing Revelation: Problems Vs. Exercises

A math professor shares how to foster a robust culture of learning in math class

Apr 02, 2021

Technology As Opportunity To Overcome Barriers In The Classroom

JRMF's activities are more accessible, thanks to technology.

May 12, 2019

Circling To Connect From Math Teachers’ Circle Network

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, about 100 students and their families gathered at Gwinn Elementary School in San Martin, Calif.