Austin Museum Day 2020

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Austin Museum Day is going to feature an all day program on facebook plus virtual offerings you can access anytime and there are a number of Austin locations that will be open to visit! Check out the Schedule! MathHappens is staying virtual this year, but we are starting a new list of great ways to think about math connections at

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – Pioneer Farms

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Stick Stock (Surveyors in Texas before Annexation to the U.S.), ca. 1845, oil on canvas, 14in. x 17 in. framed, Lent by Larry Sheerin, L.2012.2.3   MathHappens is sharing ways that a mathematical device, the survey Chain measurement system invented by Edmund Gunter in the 1600s impacted Texas history as we transitioned- only sort of — from the Mexican Vara

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – Texas Medical Association

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Mathematical Origami has applications in Medicine as well as space travel, fashion, and more.  We made Chompers today along with other mathematical origami structures including simple spirals and the Miuri Ora Map fold.  Photo Gallery coming! Resources and Info Several of our files for the 110 cardstock, laser etched designs we gave out on Museum Day are found here in

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – LBJ Wildflower Center

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Photo Gallery coming soon.  The Wildflower center is making giant bubbles for Museum Day, and when bubbles collide we get Voronoi Diagrams.  So we made an encore appearance with our microscope and dragonfly wing, pictures of giraffes, mud, turtle shells.  Participants will trace out the structure and then use that tracing to make a colorful faux stained glass art piece.

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – Neill-Cochran House

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Huge thank you to Neill-Cochran House for hosting MathHappens for another great Austin Museum Day.  Cupcakes, Square Root Spiral hand fans, pythagorean theorem, penrose step, chess, checkers, tic tac toe, this stop has it all!  Photo Gallery coming soon! Articles / Resources Making a square root spiral in paper or on paper can be fun.  Here’s a blog post that

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – ANSC

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We had an amazing time at Austin Nature and Science Center! Photo Gallery to come! At ANSC, we shared with the public ways to understand math through art. We brought out our tessellating pentagons and regular shapes (squares, rectangles, etc.) and invited the public to go through the history that brought us to the 15 irregular tessellating pentagons that we

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day- You are Invited!

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In this photo Ximena Mercado Garcia has items from each Museum Day math station on the table to share with Univision and their viewers. Las matemáticas también pueden ser divertidas. ¡Únete y descúbrelo tu mismo! Sarah Bacca is sending this note with all the details to teachers, principals and schools.  We hope everyone gets the word! Dear Math Enthusiasts,  

Austin Museum Day Part 5: Austin Nature and Science Center

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We were enthused about being back at the Austin Nature and Science Center for Austin Museum Day! Activities included visiting the Human Sunclock, which unfortunately was not fully functional due to it being a cloudy day with only brief moments of sunlight. However, that didn’t stop people from going over and still visiting. Other activities were using navigational quadrants and

Austin Museum Day Part 4: Neill-Cochran House Museum

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One year later, MathHappens went back to the Neill-Cochran House Museum for Austin Museum Day! We were stationed at the Pythagorean Tables which are formed around a 3-4-5 triangle. On the 3-table, we had Tic-Tac-Toe; on the 4-table, we had chess/checkers; and on the 5-table we had vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. The cupcakes were used to display how square numbers