AISD Austin High Math Department Offsite at Pearl St. HQ

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Matt Hertel, Jordan Varat and Tyson Geigenmiller hosted Ms. Mardi Nott’s Austin High math department offsite meeting.  The AISD math teachers toured our facility and learned about our laser and how we use technology to create physical math models that promote math literacy. The teachers left with new ideas on how to communicate math effectively and with new models to

2023 Construct 3d Conference Team: Ella Basken and Jordan Varat

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Update:  Ella Basken created this Presi slideshow of her conference experience.  Its great! At the Construct 3d 2023 conference in NY Ella and Jordan are presenting a variety of models and a poster about the use of these models to enhance mathematics education.  You can contact Ella at:  ebasken@utexas.edu and Jordan at: jordan@varatenterprises.com Ella is our 3d print expert and

Professional Development: Bullock Field Trip and Workshop Visit

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We had a great visit to the Pearl Street workshop and gallery today by professor Dawn Kidd, an Adjunct Instructor at Lamar University.  Her students are preservice teachers who will be teaching deaf and hard of hearing students.  They started with a workshop visit with Jordan where they learned how to make a heart – square- circle dissection model.  Ella

Partner Spotlight: Seattle Universal Math Museum Outreach

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We have been sharing ideas, materials, CAD files and finished models with a variety of partners.  The folks at SUMM, the Seattle Universal Math Museum has been bringing math activities to the greater Seattle area as well as attending teaching conferences and hosting events.  These photos are exciting for us because SUMM partnered with a local makerspace, sourced and manufactured

Colloquium Talk Texas State Math Camps

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It was an honor and a pleasure to give a colloquium address for the math campers at Texas Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp on June 9 2023.  We brought the following items for each of the students with enough for camp staff as well.  In the talk we shared some of the ways we use these models for math outreach.

Volunteer Event: Google

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Kylie Schmidt, account manager at Google in Austin arranged for a volunteer group of nine to visit our new location to build some models with our team members.  On hand from MathHappens were Georgia Thomsen, Melissa Wilkinson, Alexa Hernandez, Jaiden Suda, Megan Do, Tyson Geigenmiller, Stefany Espinoza and Jordan Varat. Our time together included a visit to the workshop where

Its open! MathHappens @ The Millenium Youth Entertainment Complex

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What and who is at the Millenium Math Area? MathHappens Team:  Alexa Hernandez-Lopez, Jaiden Suda, Kriti Magar, and Dayanara Renteria launched this space with mentor Matt Hertel.  All our staff are taking spots in the rotation. We also feature a carpet to play with a Jumbo Blocks Jr. set, a Julia Robinson Math Festival maze mat, optical illusions for photos,

On the road: Pflugerville Makerpfest

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Melissa Wilkinson and Megan Do were at the  Pflugerville Public Library Maker Pfest Event  June 3rd  to share some of our favorite maker projects, including the brand new Spectre tile, puzzle a day, egg tangrams, cars with unusual wheels and more with this community just north of Austin.  Unlike the old “new” tile, this one tessellates without a pattern and

Take and Make: The new Spectre Tiles for Math Teacher’s Circle of Austin

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Professor Jennifer Austin hosts this great group and some of our favorite friends were in attendance.  The plan was to have teachers put together a tabletop magnetic whiteboard display of the Einstien or Hat Tile discovered in March this year, but …. Surprise! another tile, called the Spectre that does not have to be reflected to tessellate was discovered just