2022 Projects, Sponsorships and Collaborations

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Field Trips, Intern Experience, Library, Making Math, Museum, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

This list is both incomplete and growing, but we’ll continue to add and share.  We are interested in helping any organization interested in sponsoring programs, installations and events that bring mathematics to the public conversation, increase access to learning and provide more pathways to positive engagement and success in mathematics and STEM.

In 2022 we connected with Silvia Aldana, Director of Math2thePoint.  She was interested in working together to open the location she secured in 2022.  We agreed to collaborate, hired Director Ben Duong, and the Houston House of Math is set for its grand opening in January 2023.  Besides offering public hours at the house, Silvia and Ben are sponsoring outreach programs at the public libraries and participating in museum events like the Arbooetum (Halloween) and homeschool day at Moody Gardens coming up January 4, and preparing to offer teacher workshops and other programs.

 

 

New Life Alliance is a 501c3 dedicated to providing low income housing across Texas.  In 2023 MathHappens Foundation provided math models and enrichment materials to 13 locations serving families, and another 4 locations serving senior citizens.

In 2022 MathHappens was finally able to fulfill at least part of our MOU with the Austin public library.  We began supplying permanent materials, staff training and event activities to the Southeast Branch of the Austin Public Library.  A sort of our blog for “library” brings up a variety of projects and events and you’ll have to go to the additional pages to see it all.  A favorite photo from SE Branch library is here.  Connecting with libraries, providing permanent resources and promoting the inclusion of mathematics literacy in the the library is one of our main goals.  Other public library partners include:  in Texas:; Temple, Columbus, Buda, Killeen, TX, and numerous others outside of Texas.

MathHappens Foundation has been engaged in partnership with the Austin Nature & Science Center from the beginning.  We have had an exhibit on the golden ratio in the visitor center since 2016.  Working with exhibits director Josh Ransom, our staff not only made molds and poured concrete, they calculated and determined the stone placement for a human sunclock that is a permanent interactive feature of their public space.  The MathHappens Math Room is approaching its one year anniversary in Feb 2023.  It’s a place for families to play, create and enjoy math together.  A sort of our blog for ANSC will give a number of entries describing  events, programs and of course the room itself.  We have hosted numerous field trips at ANSC over time for students ranging from K to 12th grade.

                      

Seattle Universal Math Museum have made great progress toward a Math Museum and are adding more and more outreach events to their schedule.  In 2022 MathHappens Foundation supplied their outreach teams at a number of events with our favorite models and activities and we sponsored a concert and music writing workshop by Music Notes, talented writers and math teachers who write songs about math, and about positive attitudes and connecting with diverse audiences via a really wonderful show.

 

Riverbend Community Math Center are working currently on our Trammel design as 3d printed and have also made their own version of the conic section model and created lesson plans to go with them.

 

Parker Dewey is a micro-internship provider reaching college students across the US.  In summer of 2022 we returned to them for 6 interns who completed projects in North Carolina, New Mexico, New Jersey and Tennessee.

Our conic section model has been sent to over 4000 educators across the US and Canada.  With shipping difficulties to Europe, and Spain in particular, we forged a partnership with he Museum of Mathematics in Catalunya.  We have two MOUs in 2022 to work with them to make and distribute the model there.  We have really enjoyed our partnership with mmaca and shared ideas in person at this year’s Matrix conference in Paris.

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Fundapromat, is a Panamanian non-profit dedicated to helping people love mathematics.  They offer free webinars and mathematics programs in Spanish.  We are sponsoring promotions by Univision to share the opportunities to learn with Fundapromat this fall with their audiences in Austin and across the US.  Fundapromat have guests from all over Latin America and Europe and they collaborate to provide the Spanish language part of Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Webinars.  In 2022 MathHappens were pleased to support their December conference for outreach staff.

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is a wonderful in person event that has transitioned to Webinar formats to accommodate participation from home. They have expanded the webinars to include sessions in Hebrew and Spanish to reach a global audience. By providing workshops and  meetings for educators as well, the JRMF organization is having a big impact on the mathematics education community, and MathHappens Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of JRMF programs.  We’ve provided funding for festivals and also helped connect programs like Breakthrough Austin with JRMF

 

Public math have a  postcard program that was great fun for math lovers this summer.  You can see their work and get a set of postcards right here: https://www.public-math.org/postcards

 

MathTheatre   produces Calculus the Musical and other amazing live shows!  This theater company has been traveling the US and Canada spreading enthusiasm, mathematical and scientific concepts through live theater.  With the pandemic making live shows impossible, this creative company shifted to offer webinars, like chats with Sir Isaac Newton and Ada Lovelace.  MathHappens Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the shows and web events.

 

STEM Santa Fe creates, sponsors and hosts STEM events in the Santa Fe Community.  MathHappens Foundation is please to contribute to their STEM Pathways for Girls Virtual Conference by sending math kits and sponsoring participation by Matheatre.  We have traveled to Santa Fe to provide activities for a math camp and we provided materials and sponsorship for a series of library events.

MathHappens  Foundation is not directly sponsoring Austin Public Access TV, but we are participating by providing programming in English and Spanish that our staff make, and we also arranged for Calculus  the Musical to show.   It’s exciting to see some  math  on public TV!

The Austin  Chronicle is a free newspaper with a circulation of about 60,000.  MathHappens Foundation has been putting a “math ad” in the newspaper beginning in fall 2020.  Our content is also published in the Orange Leader in Orange Texas.

The Austin Museum Partnership membership continues to be a centerpiece and source of MathHappens Foundation community work.  We collaborate with a variety of member institutions in the partnership by participating in public events, developing exhibits for permanent display, and coordinating math field trips. Partners include Pioneer Farms, Texas State History Museum, Austin Nature and Science Center, Neill Cochran House Museum, Texas Medical Association Gallery, Harry Ransom Center, and more.

MathHappens Foundation have built our body of work with the hard work, creativity and enthusiasm of interns from the the University of Texas UTeach Program.  Every semester, fall, winter and summer since 2015 when we began our work in earnest, we have had interns working with our institutional partners to share mathematics with the Austin community, presenting at conferences for teachers, museum educators and makers, designing and manufacturing math activities and models, facilitating field trips and participating in the informal education community.

 

 

 

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