When Nancy Blachman was in high school, she enjoyed playing with and solving the qualifying problems for the St. Mary's College Mathematics Competition, solving problems at the end of each chapter of her math text book, whether they were assigned or not, and helping her friends with their math homework.
Nancy founded the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival to inspire, delight, and challenge children, as the St. Mary's Mathematics Contest did for her, but with more collaboration and less competition. Thanks to its many sponsors and volunteers, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival has been a success.
If you come across any engaging mathematical activities, games, puzzles, problems, magic tricks, videos, websites, or books for children from kindergarten to the 12th grade, Nancy would appreciate your telling her about them, so she can check them and share her favorites with teachers, parents, and children.
Nancy earned a BSc in mathematics from the University of Birmingham, UK, a Masters in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. She is the founder of MathDelights.org and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, serves on the Board of Gathering for Gardner, and is co-founder of the Nueva School Math Circle in Hillsborough, California.