Wald’s Survivorship Airplane Problem

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This is a great example where mathematicians applied some creative thinking to solve a very real world problem.  It is Abraham Wald’s Survivorship Bias problem.  To help explain the sequence of concepts that lead to his insight, we made some wooden planes to help visualize the problem, and the solution. We start out thinking about the planes that come back

MathHappens in the Newspaper: The Austin Chronicle

Lauren SiegelMath at Home, Newspaper Math, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!2 Comments

We need more math where people can find it, play with it, and enjoy it. Therefore,  are excited to introduce our newest project: MathHappens in the Newspaper.  Elizabeth Wrightsman and Paola Garcia are heading this project and the rest of the team is contributing ideas, submissions, and landing pages for each week. Below you’ll find an up to date display

Making Friends with the M in STEM: STEM Santa Fe Spring Camp

Josephine ShengCommunity Partnerships, Intern Experience, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

MathHappens Foundation and STEM Santa Fe partnered together to host a week’s worth of camp sessions for a group of 27 students from March 15-19. Camp sessions were led by MathHappens staff, Lauren Siegel, Josephine Sheng, Elizabeth Wrightsman, Anh Nguyen and Viyang Shah and group discussions were led by a group of facilitators including Naila Hajiyeva, and Quan Nguyen who

George Washington Carver Museum Black History Month Kid’s Day

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George Washington Carver Museum is hosting Black History Month Kid’s Day on Saturday, March 27th, 2021. They will be hosting the event live via Zoom sessions with special guests and activities. This year’s theme is the Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. You can RSVP for the event here. MathHappens interns, Viyang Shah and Anh Nguyen, worked together to create

Resource List for Museum Next

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Options for Adding Mathematics connections: Labels on exhibits * Live demonstrations* Make and Take activities  * Field Trip programs *  Family  Activity Area ideas   * sculptures and installations. Resource List for Web and in person Mathematics  Web and in person:  Some organizations who work with museums and in public arenas to provide Mathematics Performances, Events and Experiences. Email addresses will

New audience. Old artifacts.

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If you are a fan of museums, then you have seen something like this object before… probably dozens of times.  This impressive artifact is a nocturnal from La Belle and it can be used to tell time at night by the positions of the stars. As historic artifacts and symbols of exploration and discovery, navigation tools like this one spark