By Jessica Zimmerman

Old Dominion University's fourth annual MathFest will consist of "Math is Everywhere" Scavenger Hunt that begins Dec. 11 across Hampton Roads. Due to the pandemic, this year's MathFest transitioned from a one-day event to the scavenger hunt that will run through the end of December. It is designed to show students in grades 3-8 how they'll use math in real life by demonstrating "Math is Everywhere" in our community.

Participants will be able to visit locations on their own time and will be eligible to register for a drawing for an Amazon Fire Kids Pro Tablet.

Students in the "Math is Everywhere" Scavenger Hunt will receive an event passport. As they complete activities, their passports can be stamped, and they'll be able to collect MathFest goodies (while supplies last).

While MathFest goodies and activity materials are free, participants should be prepared to pay an entry fee at each of the locations and abide by facility rules and regulations.

Participating locations include:

  • Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth
  • Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News
  • Nauticus & The Battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk
  • Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop in Norfolk (Note: Capacity limited to 10 students at a time. You must register for a timed session.)
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach
  • Virginia Living Museum in Newport News
  • Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

The ODU MathFest is a free, noncompetitive celebration of great ideas and problems in mathematics and computer science in Hampton Roads. The activities have a wide range of difficulty levels, ensuring all students can find engaging challenges.

The "Math is Everywhere" Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, the Virginia Department of Education's Training & Technical Assistance Center at Old Dominion University, the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and the ODU Bookstore.

For more information, a complete list of participating locations, addresses and admission fees, click here. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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