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New song/video: Hotel David Hilbert

The video itself is at

I'm delighted that in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Active Learning Call to Action, several colleagues of mine were included in a recent White House announcement.

Pixar Animation Studio and Khan Academy are extending Pixar In a Box to include a new lesson. The free online resources include video lessons, interactive exercises, and physical activities. The interactive exercises present students with simulated environments in which they are tasked with solving real problems faced at Pixar. The open-ended activities, both digital and physical, challenge students to apply what they've learned to create new content of their own. The new resource will show how Color Science is used in the production of films and teach the underlying concepts of the physics of light and human color perception.

Desmos, a free online graphing calculator used by students and teachers, will set a goal to reach 3 million students next year by creating a free online tool that enables teachers to select, sequence, and share student work to enable them to have the kinds of conversations that active learning requires. The tool will integrate evidence-based practices in active learning, student discourse, and feedback from teachers.

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is announcing a partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics to provide mathematics curricula through math circles and clubs to reach more than 1,000 students in New York, the San Francisco Bay area, and Washington, DC. These curricula are designed to encourage a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration.

You can read about the White House Active Learning Day in America online at

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From: Andrew, Seth A. EOP/OSTP <>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 2:11 PM
Subject: Two White House Student Engagement Opportunities
To: "Andrew, Seth A. EOP/OSTP" <>


We recently launched exciting White House opportunities for young people to engage with our democracy and share their stories with the President.

First, at the Obama Administration’s final White House Science Fair, Jacob, a budding scientist from Baltimore asked the President if he had a “Child Science Advisor?” Well, not yet. So now President Obama wants to hear from more students like Jacob. He’s asked them to submit their ideas on what the White House can do to help shape the future of science, discovery, technology, and exploration as we kick off the National Week of Making. Learn more at WH.Gov/KidScienceAdvisors. DEADLINE: JUNE 17th, 2016

Second, we recently announced the third annual White House Student Film Festival. This year’s theme is “The World I Want To Live In” and submissions are encouraged from students in grades K-12 (including seniors from the class of 2017). Students can cover issues including civic engagement, girls education, the environment, service, citizenship, or any topic about which they are passionate. Learn more at WH.Gov/FilmFest. DEADLINE: JULY 15th, 2016

As a teacher, I have personally witnessed the positive civic and educational effects that come from having my students simply participate in the policy-advising and film-creation process and we hope you’ll help us spread the word and forward this email to any schools, teachers, and students you think might be interested in either opportunity

Best personal regards,


Seth Andrew

Senior Advisor to the USCTO

Office of Science and Technology Policy

The White House

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Join us for an evening filled with fun math activities, puzzles and problems. The highlight of the evening will be math sessions led by our special guests– Stephanie Englehaupt (Nueva), Steven Chanan (Synapse School, formerly at Nueva), Sam Vandervelde (Proof School) and Simon Rubinstein-Salzado (Euler's Circle). 

WHEN: Friday March 4th from 5pm - 7pm for PreK through 5th graders; 5:30 - 7:30pm for 6-11th graders
WHERE: Sign in front of the Library

Please sign up early as we have to limit the number of attendees due to parking restrictions on campus. Register by March 2nd to get the early registration rate of $8/student, $10/student afterwards online and $12 at the door (subject to availability). It's free for adults to attend. Food will be available for purchase.

Parents are invited to participate with their children in Math Circle and are asked to supervise their Lower School students. Math Circle is open to the public, so invite your friends.

For more information, please visit


P.S. You are welcome to forward this to others who might find it of interest.

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We are excited to announce four Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals that will take place on Saturday, November 21st at the San Mateo County Office of Education. The festivals will run from 9-10:30 and from 11-12:30; at each of these times, there will be one festival for students in grades 4-8, and another for students in grades K-3. A JRMF's collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere offers an alternative setting for students to explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors.

To register please visit our website at:

There is a $10 registration fee. For students who can't afford this, there is a checkbox at the bottom of the form to waive the fee.

Hope to see you there!

-- The JRMF folks

P.S.  Please share with your social networks to help us get the word out.

Celebration of Mind 

A gathering for people of all ages 
who find enjoyment in recreational mathematics
Sunday, November 1, 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford
Free and open to the public

This event is part of a global celebration held to honor the legacy of recreational mathematician Martin Gardner, a renowned author of popular mathematics, and this year marks the 101st anniversary of his birth.  
Short Talks

Gary Antonick  — The Aha! Moment around the World
Scott Kim and Karl Schaffer  — Clapping Games
Serhiy Grabarchuk: — Three New Puzzles
Scott Vorthmann: — Rhombofoam in Zome
Jordan Gold: — Magic Show

There will be activities in the lobby following the talks.

Noted for making mathematics accessible to general audiences, Gardner was known for works from a column in Scientific American to the classic Lewis Carroll reference The Annotated Alice. Even those who don’t recognize his name will be familiar with ideas he helped popularize, from the work of M.C. Escher to flexagons and a method to determine the day of the week on a particular date. 

Sponsored by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Organizers: Stan Isaacs and Rick Sommer

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About Celebration of Mind

The Celebration of Mind uses puzzles, games, and magic to delight, instruct, and bring people together in a spirit of fun, both at annual gatherings and as a year-round repository of resources. As Martin Gardner said, you can learn more when you’re in a state of entrancement, and that’s our guiding principle. At Celebration of Mind events all over the world, participants share the legacy and interests of this prolific, accessible American writer who, over a 50-year period, introduced general audiences to many fascinating topics in mathematics and science. In the process, we continue to create and collect resources that inspire new generations to explore a wide range of intellectual pursuits, and their intersections. For more about Celebration of Mind, visit

I invite you to two Celebration of Mind events. 

The Celebration of Mind in Berkeley is from 11 am - 3 pm on Saturday, October 31 at MSRI.

17 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-0143

The Celebration of Mind at Stanford is from 3 - 5:30 pm on Sunday, November 1 at Cubberley Auditorium.

Cubberley Auditorium (Education Building)

Cubberley Auditorium is located just off the main Quad, in the School of Education, next to the clock tower at the intersection Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall. Parking is free on campus after 4pm. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave. For a map, visit

I hope to see you at one or both events.

Nancy Blachman

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From: Tony DeRose <>
Date: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 2:32 PM
Subject: Pixar in a Box
To: Tony DeRose <>

I thought you might be interested to hear that we just launched the project I’ve been working on for the last 18 months. It’s a collaboration with Khan Academy called Pixar in a Box ( It is designed to show middle and high school students how concepts they are learning in classrooms are used for creative benefit here at Pixar.

More details can be found in the attached press release that went out yesterday.

It’s really exciting to finally be able to share our work with the public. If you find it interesting, please share with your social networks to help us get the word out.


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