Mathematics Awareness Month  April
Each year in April the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics sponsors Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) to recognize the importance of mathematics through a series of essays and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.
This year's theme is Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery.
From magic squares and Möbius bands to magical card tricks and illusions, mysterious phenomena with elegant "Aha!" explanations have permeated mathematics for centuries. Such brainteasing challenges promote creative and rational thinking, attract a wide range of people to the subject, and often inspire serious mathematical research. This year the Mathematics Awareness Month Committee and volunteers have put together 30 themerelated activities. Each day in April one activity will be revealed that corresponds with an image on the theme poster. See the 2014 theme announcement, essay and poster; link to related resources; and submit your school's activity to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month. And be sure to follow @MathAware on Twitter and MAM Facebook.
AMS Mathematics Awareness Monthrelated resources:
AMS Books
Articles in Notices of the AMS

Interview with John Horton Conway, in which he talks about inventing the Game of Life (May 2013)

What's Luck Got to Do with It?, by Joseph Mazur, reviewed by Andrew I. Dale (February 2012

"A Walk through Johnny von Neumann's Garden," by Freeman Dyson (February 2013)

The Colossal Book of Mathematics, by Martin Gardner, reviewed by Ed Pegg, Jr. (October 2002)

"Memories of Martin Gardner," by Steven G. Krantz, Persi W. Diaconis, Ronald L. Graham, Donald E. Knuth, james Randi, Peter Renz, Raymond M. Smullyan (March 2011)

"Interview with Martin Gardner," by Allyn Jackson (JuneJuly 2005)

Do Loops Explain Consciousness?, by Douglas Hofstadter, reviewed by Martin Gardner (August 2007) Mathematical April Fools’ Pranks (a page we made on AMS.org—does this count?) http://www.ams.org/samplings/thismathmonth/aprilfools
Mathematical Imagery Art Works

"Martin Gardner  Master Puzzler," by Bruce Torrence (RandolphMacon College, Ashland, VA)

"Mathematical Game board," by Sylvie Donmoyer (Samur, France)

"Science/Art," by Erik Demaine (MIT, Cambridge, MA) and Martin Demaine (MIT, Cambridge, MA)

"Escher's 'Ascending and Descending'," copyright Andrew Lipson. Made of Lego ®

"Magic Square 25 Study," by Margaret Kepner (Washington, DC)
Mathematical Moments

Catching and Releasing, a podcast interview wtih Ronald Graham (and a downloadable poster) about math and juggling
The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics is an organization of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
Mathematics departments in institutions around the U.S. use Mathematics Awareness Month as an opportunity to promote awareness of mathematics its applications and beautyby offering special lectures, events, contests, and more. See themes of the current and past years, download the posters, read the theme essays by specialists in each field, use the suggested resources, get ideas on how to publicize activities, and link to the websites.