2023 MathFest in Tampa Team: Lauren Siegel, Matt Hertel, Naila Hajiyeva, and Stefany Espinoza

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We are really excited about MathFest 2023!  MathHappens Foundation has a booth — please come and see us!  We are giving away a variety of models that will not only be fun for you, but we hope will inspire you to have fun with others talking about interesting math.

The whole team in Austin has pitched in to prepare for this event.  Attending in person are Lauren Siegel, Executive Director of MathHappens, Matt Hertel, Project Coordinator who is currently managing two outreach spaces and also supervising summer interns, Naila Hajiyeva, a recent graduate of UT Austin and MathHappens veteran headed to graduate school this fall and Stefany Espinoza, University of Texas undergraduate and also a veteran intern with a wide range of outreach, event and model making experiences.

Ella Basken made a list of the models and materials we are bringing that you can see here. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone and will add photos to this post.

We are having a great time meeting old friends in person and making new ones!

The Polyplane Installation was super cool and then got even cooler when creator Alex Kontorovich arrived to add some polyhedra.


Stefany organized the giveaway of 5 mini unit circles, 5 sets of conic section earrings and 5 Reuleaux Cars – Congratulations to the winners!

We gave out lots of Sunglasses including a pair to the CEO of Overleaf and this fun group (below).

Our optical illusion stack of platonic solids was a hit.  Lots of people tried it out including Jenny Quinn

Friday night Naila and Lauren accepted an award on behalf of the AWM Student Chapter at University of Texas at Austin

At the Lounge on Saturday we put out 21st Century Pattern Blocks with frames, Spectre tiles in 6 colors and a variety of make and takes including parabola stitching.


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