Mini Unit Circle Twitter Storm!

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I sent a mini unit circle to Dr. Alex Kontorovich, and he posted a short video.  Previously I posted a video on this and Ralph Pantozzi retweeted and we got 10,000 views till I accidentally deleted the post. This time Dr. Kontorvich’s followers really grabbed it and it went around the globe and in less than 3 days had over

Take and Make – Quadrants for 8th Graders

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We are always excited when makers and maker spaces make our math models!  Patrick Benfield outfitted some 8th graders with Quadrants (or Clinometers) and put this post on Instagram (click on photo below).  Be sure to scroll through and also check out Patrick’s other work.  You can find the files to make this here. View this post on Instagram Making

Guest Lecturing at UT Perspectives Class

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Perspectives was one of my favorite classes at UTeach!  What a treat to come with Elizabeth Lay to guest speak to Dr. Raby’s spring class.  I covered the research and idea generation process which includes going to museums, thinking about math connections, and most of all curiosity.  Elizabeth shared details of our Math and Texas History project including some original

MathHappens at Winter Tree Fest

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Nina Hunt, Elizabeth Wrightsman, and Josephine Sheng helped present one of our new activities at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Winter Tree Fest this past Saturday. Visitors had the opportunity to explore Pull-String 3D shapes. Here is a video of one of the shapes that visitors got to make to go with the Fortlandia exhibit that was at the Wildflower center. We

2020 Real Places Conference!

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  Elizabeth Lay, our math in history expert anchored our exhibit table and Claire Steffens, Director of Experience for Pioneer Farms co-presented with MathHappens Foundation Director Lauren Siegel.  Go Team!  We had a great time. Some links and information: We learned to use laser cutters at Austins own laser coop:  MakeATX For a short and informative  explanation of Golden Calipers

Skyline High. Calculus the Musical!

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Have you seen it? MathHappens was happy to support a San Francisco Bay Area stop for Matheatre’s Calculus the Musical.  Xiaojie Zhang teaches calculus at Skyline High School in Oakland, California.  It was because of Ms. Zhang’s enthusiasm (and a few speedy emails to her principal’s office) that Matheatre could make Skyline High a special stop on their 2020 tour. More

Take and Make: Pythagorean Puzzles are a hit in Middle School

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      These two Pythagorean Theorem Puzzles were a hit with Paola Garcia’s middle school students.   Paola mentioned that some students who are not as facile with pen and paper exercises excelled with the wooden puzzles and that overall everyone enjoyed them. Laser cutting files are posted here.   These do not have the solutions etched into the board

Take and Make Proportional Calipers and Golden Ratio

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If you want to check Baby Yoda among other structures real and imagined for proportions, especially the Golden Ratio, get these files for Corel Draw, or Adobe Illustrated or there’s an  SVG.  Let us know if you need a different format or other help and we’ll see what we can do.  We use baltic birch 1/4″ thick.  You can adjust

MathHappens @ MoMath and A Great Evening in NY City.

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We had a great evening with the MoMath Family Friday Audience with well over 100 people!  Tessellating abounded. This display of Michelle Tat’s creative interpretations of the fifteen pentagons was very popular for photos after our talk!  Did you notice the #1 tiling for the 40x 70″ display?  We made a template you can laser cut and then trace. Our

See you at MoMath!

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Join us a fun Family Friday, 10 January 2020 at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City! Pentagonal Pursuit: Solving a Century-Old Tiling Problem — Explore the many types of tessellating tiles and decorate your favorites. Take away stories, art and patterns to inspire more discovery at home. Register now to save your spot! Follow us on Instagram