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!
Register to attend by September 20 for a chance to win a free iPad!*

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Thank you to our Math Fair Sponsors and Education Partners

Honorary Chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CME Group Foundation, Microsemi, IMC Financial Markets, Boeing, Chicago Sun Times, D'Arcy Automobiles, Chicago Tribune, and Staples logos

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.

'Watch the 2014 Math Fair Video'
'I want to inspire a love of math in children and families.'
'We think if we are going to take math to the next level and really have a revolution on how we teach math and how people learn math, we need to get out of the classroom and into the community. -John Phelan, Executive Vice President, Capital Group Companies'

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.

For more information about the Math Fair, contact us at squarerootoffun@mindresearch.org.

Here's a taste of Math Fair activities:

Click on an image to learn more about each experience.

South of the Sahara

Math Mystery Theater

Lazer Box

Lil’ Mathematician Zone

Game-a-thon Exhibit

U Curves

Meet JiJi

Plus More!

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
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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.

For more information about the Math Fair, contact us at squarerootoffun@mindresearch.org.


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 arecob@mindresearch.org.

Exhibit Opportunities

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 mlimon@mindresearch.org.


Can’t join us at the 2015 Chicago Math Fair?
Share the experience with your friends who can!

For more information about the Math Fair, contact us at squarerootoffun@mindresearch.org.

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.



Photo of kids solving puzzle Photo of volunteers in front of school bus Photo of kids navigating life-sized puzzle Photo of volunteer working with child Photo of math fair competition Photo of child playing ST Math game Photo of child solving number challenge Photo of kids collaborating on project Photo of volunteer showing kids geometry puzzle Photo of child watching 3D printing Photo of young kids working with stackable blocks Photo of volunteer with kids working together

For an extended photo album, visit our Storify page.


Telemundo 52
Jul 28, 2014
OC Family
Jul 17, 2014

For more information about the Math Fair, contact us at squarerootoffun@mindresearch.org.


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Big Seed

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Formula DRT

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JiJi Believer

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JiJi's Jamboree

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Lil' Mathematicians Zone

Download these workmats to practice early math concepts with your child:

1. Number Sense
2. Algebra
3. Geometry & Measurement

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Locked Up

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Magic Squares

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Math Midway 2 Go

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Math Mystery Theater

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Math Solution Stations

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Roots of Math

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South of the Sahara

For more information about the Math Fair, contact us at squarerootoffun@mindresearch.org.

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