Videos of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician
(Videos of games before 2014 are here.)
Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants. Below are videos of recent games, which you can also see on the AMS channel on YouTube. It may not be obvious at first, but each event has more than one video.
The 2020 Championship at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver
*Here's the 2020 champion, Luke, just after his victory:
*Playlist of all the questions from the semifinals and finals:
*AMS Vice President and former MAA President Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College) hosted the awards luncheon with contestants, their parents, sponsors: AoPS and Maplesoft, and mathematicians: AMS President Jill Pipher, Amanda Folsom (Amherst College), and Bjorn Poonen (MIT), .
The math fingers warm-up and game aftermath at Meditech's facility in Canton, MA. Nam Pham, a junior at Canton High School, talks about his victory.
Team from Texas wins at the 2019 ARML Competition at the University of Iowa
Lots of excitement when Who Wants to Be a Mathematician traveled to the University of Michigan-Dearborn on April 29. Below the crowd cheers as each game's contestants are introduced and when Steven wins \$3,000.
Annika Kelly was the big winner on Pi Day 2019 at Providence College.
The 2019 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore.
*Here's the winner, Luke Robitaille, a freshman from Texas, just after his victory:
*Here's all the game action:
*Videos of the awards breakfast, hosted by Ken Ono, with sponsors and mathematicians, including AMS President Ken Ribet and AMS President-Elect Jill Pipher.
Joseph Gioia won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2018 Arnold Ross Lecture at the St. Louis Science Center.
Jason Shi was the big winner at the 2018 Math Fair at Western Connecticut State University.
Kyle Gatesman finished first at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Professor Lyrical does some math rap in the second video, followed by Kyle after his win.
Daniel Sheinberg won big at the 2018 Pi Day game at Providence College.
The 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.
*Highlights, including all questions and solutions, but not the time when contestants were working on the problems:
*Unedited game action:
*The awards breakfast, hosted by Ken Ono (Emory University), held earlier that day:
Cameron Chang won $3,000 in the game at the 2017 Arnold Ross Lecture at the Orlando Science Center.
A team from the San Francisco Bay Area won Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2017 ARML competition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: "Math is fun!"
Andrew Wu won Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, DC
*And videos of game action that day:
From the 2017 game at Providence College on March 23, postponed from Pi Day
*More video highlights from that day:
Videos from the 2017 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship
*Here's 2017 champ Graham O'Donnell just after his victory in the national championship, which took place at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta. (Video by Samantha Faria of the AMS Public Awareness Office and by Kelsey Houston-Edwards, 2016 AMS-AAAS Media Fellow.)
*2017 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Semifinals and Finals: All the action from the games that took place on Jan. 7 at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta. (Videos by Who Wants to Be a Mathematician co-creator and tech expert Bill Butterworth, DePaul University.)
*The Awards Breakfast: Ken Ono, Emory University, hosts the contestants and their parents at the awards breakfast. AMS President Robert Bryant also greets and congratulates the contestants, who have breakfast with--and receive their awards from--some notable mathematicians. (Videos by Samatha Faria.)
At the 2016 Arnold Ross Lecture in Fort Worth, TX
A sophomore, Harris To, was the big winner at Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on October 27.
At the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC
Ajay, a ninth grader, was the big winner when six contestants played one game of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2016 USASEF in April.
At Western Connecticut State University
A record number of contestants, 14, played Who Wants to Be a Mathematician before a large and enthusiastic crowd at WCSU on April 5.
Pi Day 2016 at Providence College
Jonny Zhang, a freshman at Barrington High School, celebrated Pi Day in style by winning Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Jonny talks about his victory in the last video in the playlist below.
The 2016 National Championship at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle
*Ankan Bhattacharya, a junior at International Academy East in Michigan, wowed the audience as he won $10,000 on January 7, 2016. Here he is just after his victory, followed by videos from the awards luncheon (videos of the game action will be posted soon).
*Here is action from the semifinals and finals:
At the 2015 ARML Competition on May 29
A team from Florida won $4,000 total and a TI-Nspire CX for each team member playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2015 American Regions Mathematics League Competition at the University of Georgia.
At the National Math Festival on April 18
Erica Lin won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the first National Math Festival in Washington, DC.
At Providence College on April 14
John Perino, a junior, won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
At Arizona State University West's 2015 Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day
Michelle Coen, a junior, won $1,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
At the University of Michigan
Zachary Obsniuk, a junior, won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in Ann Arbor.
The 2015 National Championship at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio
*Sam Korsky talks about his victory (which netted him and the Glenbrook North High School math department $10,000):
*Action from the semifinals and finals:
*And video from the post-game awards ceremony, with emcee Ken Ono (Emory University):
At the 2014 Arnold Ross Lecture in Salt Lake City
Hunter Schmidt, a junior with an entrepeneurial spirit, won $1,000 at the 2014 Arnold Ross Lecture in Salt Lake City.
At the 2014 USASEF in Washington, DC
Kyle, an eighth grader, won $1,000 at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (acoustics weren't great).
At the Oregon Invitational Math Tournament at Oregon State University
Ashwin Sah had a big day at the 2014 OIMT.
Pi Day 2014 at Providence College
Amanda Laidler was the big winner on this year's Pi Day.
At the 2014 College of Charleston Math Meet
David Stoner, a junior at South Aiken High School won $3,000 and a TI-Nspire CX in February.
The 2014 National Championship at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore
Vivek Miglani took home $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the math department at his school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (FL)
Almost all of the above videos were taken by Bill Butterworth of DePaul University, the rest are by AMS Public Awareness Officer Annette Emerson, Public Awareness Office Executive Assistant Samantha Faria, and by Robin Aguiar, AMS Meetings and Professional Services.