Press Coverage

June 7, 2021


To Nancy Blachman, mathematics has always been more than memorizing the multiplication facts, learning formulas, and carrying out procedures. She has fond memories of working on mathematical problems and puzzles when she was growing up in Palo Alto, California.

from: The Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Despite Pandemic Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Expands Around the World

April/May 2021


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) collaborated with organizations around the world to produce in-person festivals. As of December 2019, JRMF had hosted nearly 500 events in 26 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 17 foreign countries.


2020 was gearing up to be JRMF’s biggest year yet with a projected 150 festivals scheduled around the world. Then the pandemic hit and all in-person events were forced to grind to a halt.

by: Rina Neiman

from: MAA Focus

December 2020/January 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, JRMF wanted to find a way to provide the same discovery-based, collaborative mathematical environment to students online. 

by: Rina Neiman

from: MAA Focus

February 21, 2020


The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at Santa Fe Community College brought together approximately 180 sixth and seventh graders from El Camino Real Academy, Nina Otero Community School, Milagro Middle School and the Academy for Technology and the Classics with professionals from local labs and STEM organizations.

by: Zach Taylor; photos: Luke Montavon

from: The Santa Fe New Mexican

NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Julia Robinson helped set the foundation for a solution to Hilbert’s 10th problem, a deep question about what mathematicians can and can’t know.

by: Evelyn Lamb

from: Science News

Thursday, 17 Oct 2019

Apart from the meetings, there are also various activities and events for Mensans and the general public to participate in, like the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, Mensa International Treasure Hunt 2019, Mensa International Volunteers Network and the Inaugural Mensa International Youth Festival.


from: Malay Mail

September 13, 2019

When the New York Times publishes a big story about math and school children, my inbox fills up.

by: Douglas O'Roark

from: Math Circles of Chicago

May 26, 2019

Children are taught to endure math, not enjoy it.

by: Nancy Blachman

from: The New York Times, Opinion

May 2019


Building Math Joy on the Foundation of Math Teachers’ Circles - Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

by: Brianna Donaldson

from: Math Teacher's Circle Network

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Games aimed at perseverance and critical thinking.

by: Patrick Armijo

from: The Journal/Durango Herald

October 23, 2018

Queen’s University Belfast, School of Mathematics and Physics, hosted the US founded Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival as part of Maths Week Ireland 2018.

by: Love Belfast


March 22, 2018

From solving logic programs and puzzles to making magic squares out of a deck of cards, 200 Pittsburgh kids are invited to a free math party.

by: Stephanie Hacke


May 17, 2017


The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival took place at Carmel Valley Middle School May 12.

photos by: Jon Clark

from: San Diego Union Tribune


It was a beautiful May morning, and McCaw Hall in the Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University was jam packed and buzzing with excitement.

by: Colm Mulcahy

from: Huffington Post

Oct. 30, 2017

This weekend, the University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics will host the first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival for middle and high school students across the state. 

by: Jenny Wells

from: University of Kentucky News

Apr 20, 2017

More than 120 students from throughout the East Bay attended the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival hosted by East Avenue Middle School in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) on Saturday, March 25.

by: Staff Writer

from: The Independent

February 21, 2016

This weekend I hosted a Julia Robinson Math Festival at Trinity University for students from my high school and one of our feeder middle schools. I stumbled across the Julia Robinson organization from a math colleague I follow on Twitter and reached out to him to find out more. 

by: Ashely Taplin


MAY 4, 2015

Special Event Alert: If you’re in Ohio in two weeks and have a middle-schooler who loves math, considering dropping by the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival on the Ohio State campus. Here’s Raj with an introduction to the event:

by: Gary Antonick

from: The New York Times, Numberplay

June 17, 2013

The University of New England hosted the annual Julia Robinson Math Festival to help people celebrate math, making it the first year that the celebration has been held in New England.

by: James

from: Minuteman Press

May 11, 2013

STANFORD — If any of the 246 registered contestants at Saturday’s Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival had bothered to Google “famous mathematicians,” they would have quickly put two and two together and concluded that higher math is a man’s sport. Archimedes, Euclid, Pythagoras — all giants with but one name and one X chromosome.

by: Bruce Newman

from: The Mercury News

March 2013

Bentley hosted its first annual Julia Robinson Math Festival on Saturday, March 2nd. What a tremendous success! Over 130 students attended, and not just from Bentley.

by: Staff writer

from: The Bentley Newsletter

February 1, 2011

This much was clear. A conference room full of middle and high schoolers had been assembled and were now working out math problems.

by: Caitlin Donohue

from: SF Bay Guardian