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Welcoming Districts and Schools to the Desmos 2020-21 Middle School Math Program

In January, we announced our core middle school math program, which pairs the open-source middle school curriculum from OpenUp Resources/Illustrative Mathematics with powerful technology, humanizing pedagogy, and intuitive design from Desmos.

We were extremely grateful to receive interest from thousands of sites and teachers. In order to provide the best possible support for as many partners as possible, we’ve decided to limit participation this year to a small set of applicants.

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Ani's Math Story

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with math, leaning heavily towards the latter. It was always something I was good at, but didn’t enjoy. Quite frankly, it still stuns me on a regular basis that I’ve ended up working for a math company. Let me try to parse this out by saying that math has been intrinsically tied to every definitive choice I’ve made, consciously or unconsciously.

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Announcing Finalists for the 2020 Math Art Contest

We have announced finalists as well as the top 3 winners of each age category. You can see them at

Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated in our very first global art contest!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our first ever Desmos Global Math Art Contest. When we announced this campaign in February, we were not expecting to run straight into the global pandemic of COVID-19. But as schools closed down around the world and everyone’s life was thrown into chaos, we witnessed the unbelievable tenacity and resilience of teachers, students, and parents. Despite all the disruptions, your commitment to continue learning mathematics and loving it in the process has been inspiring. This love shone through in every single graph of the 4,000 entries we received from around the world, including more than 100 countries and territories.

Our team opened, reviewed, and was inspired by each and every graph that was submitted. We saw numerous examples of students expressing their identity through these graphs, from self-portraits and hometowns, to the challenges of quarantine and dreams of travel, to hand-drawn images turned into equations as well as fully animated stories.

As you can imagine, narrowing down to a list of finalists was incredibly hard. We had originally planned for 10 finalists in each age cohort, but after receiving an overwhelming volume of your inspiring works, we decided to double the number of finalists. Even then, we couldn’t come close to celebrating the hard work, creativity, and ingenuity of each of the participants. We were also impressed by the many incredible graphs based on copyrighted characters or images, but were unable to select any as finalists in accordance with our contest rules.

We want to thank all of the students who worked so hard on their graphs as part of this contest. For those who wish to obtain a certificate of participation, we will be sending that out via email to participants in the coming days. We hope to host more of these opportunities in the future, so stay tuned by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email. Teachers and school leaders are also welcome to join our Desmos Educators peer community.

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