Exhibitor Workshop


Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival: An Alternative to Competitions

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 217 D

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A Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival offers students advanced and unusual mathematics in a social and cooperative atmosphere. Students choose one of several tables to work at problem sets, games, or puzzles with mathematical themes. They work as long as they please. A facilitator supports them. Motivation comes from the social interaction, rather than from any prize, grade, medal, or ranking. Festivals are run locally and supported by a national network.They can address any level student.
Participants in this workshop will enjoy a ‘mini-festival’ and sample some of the activities that a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival offers their students.

Mark Saul

Executive Director
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Mark Saul is the Executive Director of the Julia Robinsom Math Festival (JRMF), a program of the American Institute of Mathematics. Prior to this, this, Saul has worked as Director of Competitions for the Mathematical Association of America, directed the Center for Mathematical Talent at the Couarnt Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, as senior scholar for the John Templeton Foundation and a program officer for the National Science Foundation, where his portfolio included the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is a 1984 recipient of that award.

Saul graduated from PS 121 and Junior High School 135 in the Bronx, then from the Bronx High School of Science. He got his BA from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from NYU. He then spent 35 years in and around New York, teaching mathematics in classrooms from grades 3 through 12.

Saul directed the Research Science Institute at MIT for twelve years. Internationally, he co-directed the AAAS Olympiad program, initiated a Soviet-American exchange program, and an “Intel/Westinghouse” style competition in China. He has given talks and led workshops in more than 20 countries. He has served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum, a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board for the National Research Council.

His publications include numerous articles and 12 books. His most recent volume, written with Titu Andreescu for the American Mathematical Society, is about algebraic inequalities, leading students from very ordinary classroom fare to Olympiad-level problems in incremental steps.


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