UW Math Day


The campus headquarters for the Math Day event  is Meany Hall on the west side of campus.  Meany Hall is the location for  the Plenary Address*, event registration, and two drop-in activities:

  1. Problem Solving with Puzzles, Sessions I, II & III.  Thank you to Math & Stuff  in Seattle for providing this activity each year!
  2. Paper Construction of Geometric Models, Sessions II & III


8:00–8:55 am Check-in: Meany Hall Lobby
9:00–9:10 am Welcome Address: Blayne Heckel, Chair of Physics, UW
9:10–9:55 am PLENARY ADDRESS: Humans and Robots?
Sam Burden, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering UW                        Meany Hall Auditorium
10:15–10:55 am Session I: Field Trips leave from outside Meany Hall at George Washington Statue at 10:05 am
11:15–11:55 am Session II: Field Trips leave from outside Meany Hall at George Washington Statue at 11:05 am
Noon–1:10 pm Student Lunch: We recommend students bring lunch. The HUB on campus has a very limited number of eateries open for purchasing lunch.
Noon–1:10 pm Teachers’ Lunch and Activity: Mary Gates Hall
Come and Play a Math Game or Two’ with Virginia Warfield, Department of Mathematics, UW.
1:20– 2:00 pm Session III: Field Trips leave from outside Meany Hall at George Washington Statue at 1:10 pm

Concurrent Lecture Sessions

The major emphasis of Math Day is on the concurrent lecture sessions which feature a wide variety of topics. Most lecture halls are located close to Meany Hall in campus buildings either on The Quad or near Drumheller Fountain / Rainer Vista.  Tickets are not needed for these lectures, but rooms are subject to their maximum capacity.

NEW! Link to Concurent Lecture Session details

Field Trips / Ticketed Activities

Also scheduled throughout the day are field trips to various campus laboratories and facilities where mathematics is put to use every day. The number of attendees (students, teachers and adult chaperones) each field trip, and some hands-on activities can accommodate, is limited. If there are capacity limits, hard copy tickets are issued.  Not every attendee at Math Day can participate in a ticketed field trip or activity. Tickets are randomly assigned to each school and a schoool can expect to be issued enough tickets to equal 40%-50% of the schools total registered attendees.

More details:

  • Ticket swapping is allowed and encouraged!
  • Attendees with tickets should meet their guides at the statue of George Washington, located outside Meany Hall, ten minutes before the field trip/activity starts.  Have your ticket ready to give to your guide!
  • Attendees must have the appropriate ticket for the field trip or activity in which they are participating OR be added from the standby line  outside Meany to participate.

NEW! Link to Field Trip and Ticketed Activities details


Students should bring their own lunch and eat on campus.   Since Math Day is held during spring break for the UW,  there are a limited number of places open on campus to purchase food.   There is plenty of outdoor seating around campus close to the event.  The ground floor of the HUB has indoor seating and a few places to purchase food.

*  Program details are subject to change

**  Access to Meany Hall and the Plenary is restricted to 1200 attendees and is first come first served