We are proud that Geometiles is part of Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, a unique math event for kids at any level – from those struggling with math to those who enjoy tackling challenging problems.
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is a math festival movement of “locally organized events that inspire K through 12 students to think critically, to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through collaborative, creative problem-solving.”
Getting Kids Excited About Math, One Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at a Time
Unlike most math competitions, The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival engages many types of students, including those who don’t enjoy competition or working under time pressure. According to organizers, “success is not measured by the number of problems solved nor students’ speed, but rather by how long students stay engaged and persevere with activities and by the breadth and depth of their explorations and insights.”
At The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, students are challenged with thought-provoking mathematics in a cooperative atmosphere. The emphasis is on PLAY, exploration and making discoveries. “Festival activities are designed to open doors to higher mathematics for K through 12 students – doors that are not at the top of the staircase, but right at street level.”
This is exactly the goal that we are striving to achieve here, at Geometiles — to show how enjoyable learning math can be!
“The idea behind Geometiles is to give kids a tool that makes them so caught up in the discovery process while playing, that they won’t even realize they are doing “work” learning math,” said Yana Mohanty, PhD, inventor of Geometiles, an award-winning math tool that comes with free activity books.
Local Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals are supported by a national network, part of the American Institute of Mathematics. These community events are put together by math enthusiasts, volunteers, and organizations. Typically, kids are invited to one of a dozen or more tables, each with a facilitator and a math activity selected from the JRMF databank of suggested age-appropriate problem sets, activities, and puzzles. We are thrilled that Geometiles is one of them!
Sweeping the Nation (via Local
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals)
Some of the 2018 Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals where Geometiles is used as a fun tool to celebrate math include Carmel Valley Middle School, San Diego, CA; Bullis Charter School, Los Altos, CA; Live Oak School, San Francisco, CA; John Gill School, Redwood City, CA; Bentley School, Lafayette, CA; Stanford University, Stanford, CA; West Windsor Township, NJ; Ellis School, Pittsburgh, PA.
Are you using Geometiles at your school, math club or math festival? Please let us know! We would love to learn more and share your unique approach to teaching your students.