A “Pop-up” Math Museum for Kids:
Join us for the Chicago Math Fair!
Chicago is the home for MIND Research Institute’s second annual Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun! This free, family-fun event will excite young minds as they interact with mathematically-themed activities, games, exhibits and performances. Perfect for all ages, Math Fair visitors will experience the beauty and power of mathematics while problem-solving.
You Won’t Believe It’s Math!
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Thank you to our Math Fair Sponsors and Education Partners
What it is
The Math Fair, a MathMINDs initiative and brainchild of the social benefit organization and nonprofit MIND Research Institute, is about making math fun. You’ve perhaps been to a science museum, perhaps a robotics fair, maybe even a technology competition. But have you been to a Math Fair? Math is inherently exciting as it helps make sense of the world around us. We want to share the beauty of math and make it accessible to
children and families.
When it is
Saturday, September 26, 2015
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Who should attend
The Math Fair is designed for all ages of children and adults. From the Lil’ Mathematician Zone chock full of activities for preschoolers, to 3D manipulatives of algebraic concepts at U Curves, to family workshops that facilitate math discussions between parents and their children, the fair engages the whole family in mathematical thinking.
Why you should attend
At the Fair, visitors will experience math and problem solving in a way they never have before. From life-size, interactive educational video games to performing out a math problem onstage, you and your family will build not just memories, but an excitement for math and problem solving. With nearly every experience and exhibit, take-home materials will be provided so you can continue the fun after the Fair.
Why math is important
At the core of innovation, which drives progress and the workforce, is mathematics and problem solving. Not only does nearly every 21st century professional rely on math to succeed, but math is a part of our everyday life. Counting change, packing a suitcase, planning your travel route, and telling time – these all rely on proficiency in a math concept.
How to get there
The 2015 Math Fair is being held at Chicago’s landmark Navy Pier, in Festival Hall B. (See #36 on this map.)
Arriving via public transportation? Look for Math Fair signs pointing to Festival Hall B.
A 25% discount on parking is available for Math Fair attendees – just remember to bring your parking ticket with you to the Math Fair registration desk.
Here's a taste of Math Fair activities:
Click on an image to learn more about each experience.
Family Math Workshops
Join us for Family Math Workshops, which will be held during Math Fair hours. These interactive sessions will be open to all Math Fair visitors and will provide ideas and tips on how to:
- Incorporate mathematics into everyday life activities
- Assist your child with math homework (Math Without Tears)
- Help your child if they are using ST Math at home
Math Is Everywhere!
10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. | Room 203
(families and students pre-K to 6th grade)
This workshop will help parents and their children see everyday activities through a math lens. You will put your goggles on and see math everywhere, and use math in fun ways with everyday activities!
Build a Skyscraper: The Geometry of Stable Structures
11:15 a.m. & 3:15 p.m. | Room 205
(families and students 2nd grade-college)
In this friendly competition your family will collaborate to build the tallest structure using only straws, newspapers, and masking tape! Discover how Geometry is an essential part of Engineering and Architecture during this fun problem-solving session.
Math Homework Without Tears
12:15 p.m. & 4:15 p.m. | Room 203
(pre-K to 12th grade)
Come to this parent workshop to learn strategies to ensure your children are well-equipped to do their homework independently. Learn how to help your children take ownership of their own learning and be more accountable. You will take away quality online resources, strategies to push your child’s thinking, and a toolkit for home use.
Games, Games, and More Games!
1:15 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. | Room 205
(fun for all)
Games are a great way for families to interact and share fun times. But did you know that many games can also build math aptitude? Play games with your family that build problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, and fluency with the four operations.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Math Fair. Join us in our mission to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems. Your engagement will help many students experience math in a way they never have! Click here to learn about the three ways you can help bring the Math Fair to life.
From exhibit sponsorship to advertising support, there are many sponsorship opportunities. To learn more about how to support the Math Fair and create a custom package opportunity, contact Alicia Recob, Philanthropic Partnerships Assistant, at (949) 345-8689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Math Fair sponsors and official partner organizations may have an opportunity to present their own math experience, complete with interactive activities involving problem solving and critical thinking. All Math Fair exhibitors are encouraged to invite their employees to volunteer at the Fair, along with their friends and family.
For exhibition opportunities and information, contact Mike Limon at (949) 345-8641 or email@example.com.
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2014 Math Fair
While others played at the beach, 4,200 children and families flocked to the first-ever Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun on Aug. 2, a free, day-long event hosted by the MIND Research Institute at the Bren Events Center. Read more.
For an extended photo album, visit our Storify page.
- Download the Game-a-thon Starter Kit to design your own game!
- Check out the Game-a-thon website to view this year's entries!
- Download the free Kickbox game app on itunes to play on the iPad
- Read more about Laser and Fiber Optics
Lil' Mathematicians Zone
Download these workmats to practice early math concepts with your child:
1. Number Sense
- Patterning with J-i-J-i
- More Patterning with J-i-J-i
- Repeating Pattern Strips
- Identify the Missing Caterpillar Parts!
3. Geometry & Measurement
- Color By Numbers: Triangles/Butterfly
- Coloring with JiJi: Symm-ple Robot/Triangle Rings
- WOW Symmetry!
- Shape Hunting with JiJi
- Measuring with Bugs!
Math Midway 2 Go
Math Mystery Theater
Math Solution Stations
Roots of Math
- Download the free IBM Minds of Modern Mathematics iPad Application
- Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Agnes Scott College