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Our 3rd Annual Global Math Art Contest is Here!

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Last year we received more than 10,000 submissions from more than 100 countries for our 2nd annual Global Math Art Contest. Each year, we’ve been amazed by the creativity and artistry of people from around the world. The Art Contest has inspired new features, pushed our technical limits, and motivated us to improve our calculator to be worthy of the incredible people who use it.

a rocket ship orbiting the earth, the head of a fox made up of line segments, and a nautilus using lists.

We’re excited to announce our 3rd annual Global Math Art Contest, this year with some big changes.

First and foremost, we’re still going to select 20 graphs in each of 4 age brackets to feature on our website. But this year every single person featured will receive a prize. We found it nearly impossible to pick a “winner” from amongst the featured graphs. So we decided we want this to feel more like an Art Gallery than a prize contest. There’s just too much variety and ingenuity.

Secondly, we’re clarifying our evaluation criteria to prioritize some new characteristics, including performance. Part of our mission at Desmos Studio is to make sure that math is accessible to everyone, and so we prioritize performance—even on low-powered devices—in everything we build. We want to feature graphs that do the same!

Finally, we’ll have a few surprises this year, which we’ll share at the end.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll build.

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Desmos Classroom Joins Forces With Amplify

We have some important news that we’re very excited to share with all of you.

Our curriculum business is joining forces with Amplify, an education company we’ve been proud to partner with for many years. The team developing everything at teacher.desmos.com (our free activities, the free Activity Builder, and the Desmos Math Curriculum) will join Amplify as a division called Desmos Classroom. The team developing our free Desmos calculators will remain independent, renamed to Desmos Studio PBC.

For our community of teachers, learners, mathematicians, and creators, we are continuing to support all of our existing products, and everything that is free will remain free, now and always. Desmos Studio and Desmos Classroom will also remain tightly collaborative. We will continue doing the same work, committed to the same ideals, now with more resources to improve our products and serve more communities.

What does this mean for Desmos Classroom?

The Desmos Classroom + Amplify partnership will help us make the Desmos Curriculum available to more students and teachers. This means our shared vision of a creative and connected math education can become a reality for every student, rather than a select few, and that’s why we’re so incredibly excited about this work ahead.

Amplify and Desmos have been traveling on parallel paths for several years and we believe we can go farther together. We have both been creating math curricula based on the Illustrative Mathematics core curriculum. We have both been using core Desmos technology to do it. Both of our teams share the same unique understanding of the complexity of teaching, an appreciation for the brilliance of students, and a commitment to the inclusion of students who often feel pushed to the margins of math class.

Desmos has a proven model for helping students learn math and love learning math with technology. Amplify has a proven model for supporting students, teachers, schools, and districts at scale. We have decided we need each other’s strengths in order to help every student learn math and love learning math.

What does this mean for Desmos Studio?

By remaining independent, Desmos Studio will be able to focus all of its energy on building the most equitable, accessible, powerful, and delightful tools for exploring mathematics. Desmos Studio will continue to partner with the best publishers, platforms, and assessments around the world. The revenue from those partnerships will let us keep investing in our calculators and support our development of new tools.

Desmos Studio will reincorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation, formalizing our commitment to the people who use and rely on our tools, and formalizing our commitment to equity and accessibility as uncompromising values.

More than 75 million people use Desmos Studio tools today. The calculators are integrated into almost every state test and college entrance exam. Communities have sprung up on Reddit, Tiktok, and Discord, sharing ideas and exercising creativity beyond our wildest imagination. By forming Desmos Studio, we will be able to grow with and alongside this community for years to come.

What does this mean for you?

If you love tools like our graphing calculator, we have good news. The team at Desmos Studio is now 100% focused on their development, with lots of resources and a long list of your feature requests in front of them.

If you love Activity Builder and other free tools at teacher.desmos.com, we have good news. They will continue to be free, continue to power our curriculum, and continuously improve.

If you love our math curriculum, we have good news. Together with Amplify, we are continuing to sell and support it now and into the future. It will receive more attention and more resources than before, letting us develop learning supports we’ve always wanted to provide but couldn’t when we were operating independently. It’s a great time to get in touch with our team and learn more about our curriculum.

If you love people who work at Desmos, we have good news. We are all still working at either Desmos Classroom or Desmos Studio, all of us committed to the same mission that brought us to Desmos in the first place.

This is a new chapter in the Desmos story, and I hope you’ll keep turning pages with us. The action is just starting.

2nd Annual Desmos Global Math Art Contest

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Update as of February 4, 2022:

Thank you to the more than 10,000 participants from around the world who participated in the second annual Desmos Global Art Contest! The winners and finalists were chosen from countless examples of incredible effort, artistry, ingenuity, and creativity.

View the 2021 winners

Did you know the Desmos Graphing Calculator is a fantastic tool for making art? Using only graphed mathematical expressions, people around the world have created awe-inspiring masterpieces, from geometric patterns and architectural scenes to self-portraits, renderings of famous paintings, and beyond.

Three artistic graphs- a little clock with a bubbly drink and a little plant, a portrait of Marilyn Monroe made entirely of polygons, and a 3-D rendering of an airplane, together with a peek at some of the equations that generated them.

After the huge success of our 2020 Global Math Art Contest, featuring over 4,000 graphs from over 100 countries, we had to bring it back! Everyone from around the world can submit their entries for the 2nd Annual Desmos Global Math Art Contest and win prizes for their hard work. This year, we added more ways to submit and a category for ages 19+.

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