Having fun with math may not be your typical weekend activity, but that is exactly what will be happening the last weekend in April in Eureka. The sixth annual Humboldt Math Festival is scheduled for April 27th from 10-2 at the Bayshore Mall. The festival is a "community celebration of mathematics." and free for all ages. Activities will include puzzles, games, contests , demonstrations, college information and make-and-take actives.
The festival was started in 2007 by local teachers as a way to inform, illustrate, instruct and inspire students. Most importantly, we want people to have fun with math. "There is such an emphasis on testing , some of the fun and relevant activities in teaching mathematics are being lost or overlooked," says Ken Pinkerton, festival coordinator. "The math festival is one way to foster and share an enthusiasm and appreciation for the fun and wonders of math".
More than thirty presenters from throughout the north coast will be at the festival. Everything from preschool teachers to University Math professors. They will present a variety activities including Incredible Math Magic Cards Tricks, Budgeting Basics, Knots, and "On Line Resources for Mathematics" from the County Office of Education. Other activities a hair raising Van De Graff generator and the amazing "Marshmallow Atom Smasher" from College of the Redwoods. Zane Middle School will share a breakfast cereal serving Rube Goldberg machine. Representatives from College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University will also be there with career and college program information.
You can further challenge your mental faculties with contests of memorizing pi, solving sudoku, the Rubik's Cube challenge and Discovery Museum puzzles. Students receive a special passport at the festival which is stamped at each table. When festival goers has 10 or more stamps, they receive a special prize and have a chance to win another prize.
Last year approximately 500 people attended the festival. This year festival organizers hope to have even more. "It is the perfect thing to do after the Rhododendron Parade", says festival organizers. The festival is generously sponsored by local individuals, businesses and community organizations. Sponsors provide financial contributions to pay for supplies. The Bayshore Mall generously provides the venue. Other in-kind sponsors host our website, print posters and provide prizes for the festival.