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American Institute of Mathematics 30th Birthday Celebration Fair

The American Institute of Mathematics sure knows how to throw a party! Yesterday’s birthday celebration was a blast for all attendees — and there were a lot of them. The elegant and serene campus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) provided the perfect backdrop.

The main theme was math in all shapes and sizes, for all ages and levels. And if that’s not enough, there was face painting, balloon animals, churros, and a raffle. I had the honor of hosting a Geometiles table at the event, and I had a fantastic time interacting with kids of all ages from the Los Angeles area.

It was wonderful to see the Pasadena and the Caltech community come together for this event. Lots of Caltech grad students and post docs, mostly from STEM fields, were on hand helping run the fair.

The picture at the top of this post was taken using a spherical camera. As a fortunate accident, I later left this camera in video mode (as opposed to still mode) in the middle of the table. You can catch some of the action on Youtube— but this is no ordinary Youtube video. It is interactive, so you can click on it and move your mouse around to see the different people around the table talking. You may need to watch it more than once.

Amidst all the fun, parents were asking me if this is a yearly event. I sure hope it becomes one!

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