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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Announces Spring 2014 Schedule
Coast-to-coast events as academic year concludes
(PALO ALTO, CA — April 9, 2014)
After well-attended Bay Area events earlier this school year at the San Mateo County Office of Education, UC Berkeley, Pixar Animation Studios, Bentley School, and The Girls' Middle School, as well as East Lansing, MI, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is pleased to announce its schedule for the remainder of the academic year. The JRMF returns to Seattle, Charlotte (North Carolina), Berkeley, and Stanford University, at events from March through May. Also, after a hiatus of several years, it returns on April 13 to the Google campus in Mountain View, home to the first Festival in 2007. Also in the works are spring semester Festivals in Navajo Nation, Princeton, and Columbus, Ohio.
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival provides a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere in which students explore inspiring, thought-provoking problems with other kids and older mentors. Explains the Festival's Mathematics Director, Joshua Zucker, "The Festival started in 2007 to provide an alternative to the traditionally competitive culture of math contests. We offer intriguing and challenging problems, puzzles, and activities, and a supportive setting for kids who like to take their time working on a problem."
At each event, tables are dedicated to different problems and activities, each with a mathematician to offer guidance and encouragement. "Each student finds a problem of interest. Students make whatever progress they make, they get help, they work with other kids, and eventually come to some kind of stopping point and go find another activity of interest," Zucker says.
"We are very pleased at the enthusiastic response the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals are receiving in communities around the country," says Festival Director Kristie Sallee. "We think it's important that as many students as possible can have fun doing challenging mathematics in a cooperative environment, so we're delighted to hear from more and more parents and teachers asking about starting local Festivals."
More information about each Festival, along with registration forms, is available at
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