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Watch this video from National PTA President Anna King who will introduce you to Math Nights, including Mathnasium and their involvement in our STEM + Families initiative:

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What are Math Nights?

  • Events co-hosted by PTAs and Mathnasium in schools across the country
  • Involve families in a fun, enjoyable shared math experience
  • Turnkey: Mathnasium provides all games and materials for easy execution
  • Offered in support of National PTA's STEM + Families Initiative
  • Help kids explore math at their own levels through games and activities
  • Empower kids of all backgrounds to become interested in STEM education and careers

Host a STEM + Families Math Night


Team up with your local Mathnasium center to host a STEM + Families Math Night! Mathnasium is dedicated to bringing fun and exciting Math Nights to elementary schools nationwide. Even if you are not awarded one of the national grants, your local Mathnasium is happy to work with you to put on a Math Night at your school.

Are you interested? If so, find and contact your local Mathnasium using this Mathnasium location search. When reaching out, be sure to discuss:

  • Prizes or food – Who will bring prizes? Food? What type?
  • Volunteers – How many volunteers can you supply? How many volunteers can Mathnasium bring? What is the process for getting school clearance?
  • Press or media – Will any newspapers attend? How can your PTA and Mathnasium work together to get the word out?
  • Time and date – What dates work best for Mathnasium? What dates work with your PTA and school calendar?

Your PTA will be in charge of providing the space, promoting the night, and coordinating with the local Mathnasium. Check out this toolkit for free tools, resources and templates to host a successful Math Night.

STEM + Families Math Night Toolkit


This toolkit is organized into four steps with links to documents and sample templates you can customize for your own PTA and school. 

You can also download this Hosting a STEM + Families Math Night From Start to Finish Guide, which includes the same information as the toolkit all in one PDF.

STEP 1: Plan Your Event

The first thing you should do is check to see if there is a Mathnasium in your territory to co-host your Math Event. After getting in touch with them, choose a date and start planning!

(Hosting events like this is also a great way to recruit new PTA members! Consider having recruitment flyers like this one at your event.)

STEP 2: Promote Your Event
STEP 3: Host Your Event

Ensure that everything goes smoothly at your Math Event! Offer take-aways to parents who attend to help them retain and build on what they learned. Take pictures at the event and submit at least five photos of families engaging in the different activities. Your PTA should ensure that anyone depicted in the photos has signed a photo release permitting use of their photos in all National PTA and Mathnasium marketing and promotion efforts.

STEP 4: Wrap Up

Be sure to thank your PTA, Mathnasium, school staff, community partners and parent volunteers with the thank you letter below. National PTA recommends offering an incentive for completing the survey (e.g. enter names into a drawing for a $50 gift card donated by a local merchant) and having a volunteer available to assist students in completing the form.

Math Nights in Action

Check out these OneVoice blog posts on local PTAs' events for examples of Math Nights across the country.

Blog Articles

Fun at Math Nights

Learning Mathematics

Cards & Numbers

Mathnasium Math Tips

Grab these two resources from Mathnasium for grades K-5 and grades 6 & up.


What is Mathnasium?

  • A proud Founding Sponsor of National PTA’s STEM+Families.
  • Math-only experts in over 1,000 learning center locations worldwide.
  • Foundational to advanced tutoring for grades 2-12.
  • Transforming children’s lives by helping them understand and enjoy math.

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National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of Mathnasium is implied.


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