Outreach Programs

F.L. Griffin MathFest

Since 1987, the Reed College mathematics department has sponsored a Saturday workshop in the spring for area high school students and teachers interested in mathematics enrichment. The workshop gives students and teachers a hands-on opportunity to work on interesting problems in a mathematical topic complementary to the high school curriculum. Recent topics have included "Divisors and Sandpiles," "Regular Polytopes in Three and More Dimensions," "Turing Machines," "Trigonometry by Example," "To Capture Infinity," "The Mathematics of Perspective Drawing."

There is no cost to participants. Lunch and campus tour provided.
Registration is limited to 25 high school students, plus teachers.

Program schedule

Tangles, Braids, Knots, and Numbers

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Knots & Tangles

Faculty Presenters

James Pommersheim, Katharine Piggott Professor of Mathematics
John Lind, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics


  • High school student
  • Enthusiasm for mathematics and a good preparation in basic algebra
  • Pre-registration required no later than April 2, 2018

Availabile for download

2018 Program Announcement
2018 Registration Form


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