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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Announces First 2014-2015 Events
Academic year starts with events in California, Michigan, Washington
(PALO ALTO, CA — October 3, 2014)
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is pleased to announce its first events of the 2014-2015 academic year, as part of its ongoing mission to provide a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere for students to explore inspiring, thought-provoking problems with other kids and older mentors. Michigan State University's mathematics department hosts the year's first Festival in East Lansing on October 21. Then Da Vinci Junior High School in Davis, California and Annie Rice Schools in Tacoma, Washington State host their first-ever Festivals on October 25 and November 2, respectively. On November 8, the Festival returns to the San Mateo County (California) Office of Education, expanding to two sessions after last year's successful launch. More dates and locations are in the planning stages and will be announced soon.
Besides the San Mateo County event, last year's Festivals took place at Bay Area venues including UC Berkeley, Pixar Animation Studios, Google, Bentley School, and The Girls' Middle School; elsewhere in the U.S., there were Festivals in East Lansing, Seattle, Navajo Nation, Princeton, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio.
First held at Google in 2007, the Festival provides an alternative to the competitive culture of math contests, with tables dedicated to different problems and activities, each with a mathematician standing by to offer guidance and encouragement without giving away too much. Says the Festival's Mathematics Director, Joshua Zucker, "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. 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."
"We look forward to increasing the number of Festivals this year, which will allow us to give more students the chance to have fun doing challenging mathematics in a cooperative environment," says Festival Director Kristie Sallee. "We're delighted to hear from more and more parents and teachers asking about starting Festivals around the country, and we look forward to helping them."
More information about each Festival, along with registration forms, is available at
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