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Julia Robinson Math Festival


The Julia Robinson Math Festival will return to Chapel Hill on May 6, 2018! For more info, click here.


What is a Julia Robinson Math Festival?

Imagine a room full of kids, working together at tables on activities ranging from easy puzzles to research level problems. Each table will have a theme, and  students will have time to visit at least five or six activities. For a sample activity, see Folding Fractals. Each activity table will be staffed by an expert, and upon reaching certain milestones in their understanding of the mathematics behind the puzzle or game or activity, students will be rewarded with raffle tickets for prize drawings.

This article gives an idea of the flavor of the festival.

Here are some pictures and a video from last year’s event.

Where and when will the festival be?

The festival will be on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 – 1:00 in the Great Hall at the Carolina Union on the corner of South Road and Raleigh St. on the campus of UNC.  You can check in starting at 9:30.  You can come any time, stay as long as you like, and leave when you are ready.

Who can come to the festival?

The festival is for students in grades K – 12, with a separate quiet area especially suitable for younger students.  We will have tables arranged by topic and difficulty level with maps to help guide students towards the activities that suit their level and interests.

What does it cost?

We ask families to pay $10 per student if possible. You will be directed to a payment page when you register. It is possible to request a fee waiver when you register.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes. Please register here. If there is room the day of the event, you may be able to register at the door, but if at all possible, please register in advance.

Can parents come?

Parents (or other responsible adults) should be available to supervise their kids, but the math activities themselves are intended for the kids.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We need math volunteers as facilitators at the activity tables and general volunteers to help with set-up, check-in, prizes, and more.  You can sign up to volunteer here.

Will there be any food available?

There is food available for purchase at Alpine Bagels in the Carolina Union very close by. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Where can I park?

There is visitor parking available in various spots on campus, including Swain Lot across from Phillips Hall, the Morehead Planetarium lot, the Raleigh Road lot, and the Ram’s Head Parking Deck.  There are also public parking decks on Rosemary Street a few blocks away. Please allow extra time to find parking.  Carpooling is encouraged!

Who is Julia Robinson?

Julia Robinson is the Berkeley mathematician who, among other important discoveries, made significant contributions to the solution of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem.


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