math

Man wearing three medals of math symbols (Doug Thompson/State Dept.)

Team USA solves for victory at international math competition

For the third time in four years, Team USA ranked first in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the standard for excellence in youth mathematics.
Katherine Johnson smiling (NASA)

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose calculations for NASA were part of a blockbuster movie, just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Two men smiling, standing back to back (© Shane Harvey)

A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.
Hand holding mobile phone showing map (Shutterstock)

The woman behind your GPS

Meet Gladys West, whose mathematical calculations changed the world. Now 87, West looks back on her role as a pivotal player in the development of GPS technology.
Girl with notebook leaping in front of scientific notations (State Dept./D. Woolverton)

Here’s a free poster that celebrates careers in science, math

More women are making their mark in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Take the leap and think about a career in STEM!
Teenager working on robot (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Students built robots to enter this global competition

Teens from over 160 countries compete in a challenge aimed to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Illustration of a girl writing math equations on a blackboard (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Math and science have no gender

In most countries, boys are more likely than girls to excel in math and science. That is starting to change, thanks to a push by countries and educators.
Virtual statue in front of Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)video

New app builds monuments to scientific geniuses [video]

A free new augmented reality app unveils the stories of people who changed the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math.
Octavia Spencer greeting Katherine Johnson (NASA)

‘Hidden Figures’ no longer. Film shines light on black women who...

A new movie reveals the work of three African-American women who were the brains behind the space agency's most critical missions.