By the Numbers

Word of Mouth

“Your production was a huge success.”
— Fine Arts Committee, School District 76, Lake Forest, IL
“Never have our students been so captivated with math.”
— Principal, School District 29, Northfield, IL
“I find it amazing that your shows reach the youngest ( I teach kindergarten ) and the older students as well. After 15 years I always look forward to your visits. See you next year.”
— Principal, School District 57, Mt Prospect, IL
“A wonderful production about the importance of math.”
— 4th Grade Teacher, School District 30, Northbrook, IL
“The performance was not only entertaining, but lent itself to further academic growth for our students.”
“What makes BY THE NUMBERS so effective and unique is their focus on how students will use math when they grow up.”
“An engaging performance relevant to our Common Core curriculum.”
“...your production was a huge success.”

Eddie is the 10-year-old distant relative of the world-famous mathematician, Albert Einstein. Everyone expects him to love and excel at math. But Eddie doesn’t even feel math is relevant for what he wants to be when he grows up—such as ace detective, star athlete, renowned chef or hip hop artist. So, Albert Einstein puts his new “Theory of Relevance” into effect, arranging visits from The GR-8 Enumerator, Adam Up, and Mama Meter. They and the audience help Eddie explore the fun you can have with math, as well as its relevance to every profession he is considering.

  • STEM  - Explore and enhance appreciation for numbers, calculation, measurement, probability, and estimating
  • Develop an appreciation for math, its various applications, and its relevance to daily life and career opportunities
  • Engage in mathematical problem solving
  • COMMON CORE STANDARDS for Mathematics
    • Addresses all 8 Mathematical Practices
    • Addresses 126 Grade level standards for grades K thru 6th


  • Counting, grouping, and comparing numbers using appropriate symbols
  • Solving two-step problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Calculating probabilities
  • Measuring and estimating length, volume, and weight
  • Identifying and estimating measurements of time, money, and temperature