NYC Math Festival Materials

There are two great ways to get your materials ready for each corresponding event.

Download and print the materials lists and handouts for all events by clicking this link:
NYC Math Festival materials packet


Use the chart below to gather materials and click on links for each event as you go.

Time Event & Presenter  Materials Needed
2:00 – 2:15 pm Let the Math Fun Begin
with Cindy Lawrence, Tim Nissen, and James Tanton
  • No materials needed.
2:15 – 2:30 pm Brainteaser Kahoot
with Steve Sherman 
  • Smart phone, tablet, or personal computer with internet access
  • Please open on your computer or download the app on your smart device.
  • During the event, you will receive a pin to access the game on your computer or app.
2:30 – 2:45 pm Logic Puzzle
with John Urschel
  • No materials needed.
2:45 – 3:00 pm Mime-matics
with Tim Chartier
  • No materials needed.
3:00 – 3:15 pm Folding Fun!
with Wendy Zeichner
  • Several sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper
  • Pen or marker
  • Scissors
3:15 – 3:30 pm

Conway’s Rational Tangles
with Alex Kontorovich

  • 2 strings of different colors (wires or shoelaces are also okay)
  • Surface to lay the strings on (e.g., floor or table is fine)
  • Optional materials: paper and pencil
3:30 – 3:45 pm

Moving in Circles
with Karl Schaffer

  • Several sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper
  • 5′ by 5′ area in which to move (non-carpeted area preferred)
  • After the event, please review this document for a summary of the movements you will learn today: Moving in Circles.
4:00 – 4:15 pm A Four-Card Mathematical Magic Trick
with Manjul Bhargava
  • 4 playing cards
4:15 – 4:30 pm  One Step Back, One Step Forward
with Ralph Pantozzi
  • 1 coin
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Please open this survey at the start of the session:
4:30 – 4:45 pm Activities from the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
with Mark Saul
  • Please enjoy this e-book as a gift.  We will do one activity from the e-book during the festival.  Please click this link to open to e-book and follow along: “A Mathematician’s Travel Kit”.
4:45 – 5:00 pm Rubik’s Cube With Feet
with Daniel Rose-Levine
  • Optional: Rubik’s Cube
5:00 – 5:15 pm Math Meets Art: Rubik’s Cube Mosaics
with Lauren Rose
  • Please print page 2 of this handout prior to the session: Math Meets Art.
    • Or, have graph paper and colored pencils or markers available.
  • Optional: Scissors
  • Optional: Rubik’s Cube
5:30 – 5:45 pm The Doomsday Rule
with Peter Winkler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
5:45 – 6:00 pm Can Math Help You Juggle?
with John Chase
  • 3 juggling balls or objects
6:00 – 6:15 pm Math Raps and the Math Behind Them!
with Mike Andrejkovics
  • Ball (any kind will do, e.g., tennis ball, softball, basketball)
  • 3 – 5 rubber bands that will fit around the ball.
  • Tape that will stick to the ball if you do not have rubber bands that will fit around the ball.
  • Please open this link when the session begins: Mr. A’s Math Rap Lyrics.
6:15 – 6:30 pm Math in Motion: Build Your Own Paper Spinner
with Yana Mohanty

You are strongly encouraged to print, cut, and construct materials in advance for this session.

  • Two (2) sheets of 8.5” x 11” (or size A4) card stock, ideally in two (2) different colors; manila folders cut to 8.5” x 11” will also work
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Please open this link prior to the session to print templates and access instructions: Math in Motion Instructions.
  • Optional: This project can also be built from 2 sets of Geometiles® Mini Set 2, available from Additions, the online shop at MoMath.
6:30 – 6:45 pm Fun with Mathematical Definitions
with Christopher Danielson
  • Please open this link when the session begins: “Vehicle Chat”.
  • Optional: A second internet-connected device for this Desmos activity.  (No account or password needed.  Please enter your name when prompted.)
7:00 – 7:15 pm Finding and Creating Symmetry
with David Reimann
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
7:15 – 7:30 pm Numbers Meet Shapes in 3D Geometry
with Bruce Bayly
  • 1 box of traditional rounded, toothpicks with points at both ends
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • Paper
  • Pencil
7:30 – 7:45 pm Engineering with Paper
with Godwyn Morris
  • Printer paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
7:45 – 8:00 pm Mathemagics!
with Art Benjamin
  • Calculator
8:00 – 8:15 pm Math, Music, and the Moral Imagination
with Marcus G. Miller
  • No materials needed.
8:15 – 8:30 pm How to Fold Things into Thirds, Thirty-Thirds, and Three-Hundred-and-Thirty-Three-“irds”
with James Tanton
  • Something bendy, such as a tie, shoelace, or piece of string