Take and Make: Parallel Ruler and Compass Rose

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In 2019, we brought our suite of Navigation Math to New York to share how we relate math to Texas History and the voyage of La Belle which is on exhibit at the Texas State History Museum.  Files to make our version of the Parallel Ruler are here.     Files to make our version of the Compass Rose are here. Participants

JRMF Incubator Session Notes

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We got a start on ways to talk about pool testing at the incubator session.  As the guest host, we created some cover slides and worked with one of the chat rooms.  There are a lot of resources and ideas here with more to come as the different participants work out their ideas! Cover Slides are Here    

Webinar: Making the Most of Math Connections at your Museum or Historical Site

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Elizabeth Lay, Claire Steffen and I had the opportunity to present a webinar through the Texas Historical Commission today.  We discussed ways that museums can  enhance visitor experiences with math, showed a variety of examples of math activities at museum locations and talked about our process in developing connected activities. Our Presentation Slides are here The Handout  Recording Hosted by

Special Delivery II: Food for the Brain

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With the help of Jose Carrasco who coordinates Drive Thru Food Distributions in Schools by Austin Voices for Education and Youth the goodies will now include some supplies and math activities. What’s on the cart?  120 composition books with graph paper with math activity sheets, 60 sets of washable markers, and 120 mini games of SET.  After our last conversation

Proud to be a Sponsor….

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MathHappens Foundation is proud to have an opportunity to be a sponsor for the webinar series being offered by the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.  The educators at JRMF have done a great job adapting the festival format to zoom.  Its really great!  Sessions are offered in English and Spanish at times that can work for participants across the globe.  Check

Special Delivery! Math Activities.

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We are finding new ways to get math activities to our K-12 students and families in Austin. Today we are providing three models to families served by Jose Carrasco and the Dobie Family Resource Center in north Austin: A geometry activity set that can be used for young children learning shapes and for middle schoolers and even high school.  It

Take and Make: Sum of Squares of Odd Numbers – Freese Transformation

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This Geometric Transformation  shows how the sum of the first 6 Odd Squares is the square of 6, or 36.  Its the classic “proof without words”.  Freese’s Transformation also shows this relationship, but his “squares” all have sides sqrt 1, sqrt 3, sqrt 5, and so on. Freese Corel File, Adobe Illustrator File, Jpg printable  

Take and Make: Experimental Mathematics Cucumber Edition

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Here’s a fun one!  Inspired by a conversation with Chris Daniels of Public Math. He said roll paper around a cylinder and cut on an angle to get an ellipse and produce a sine wave.  So we did!  And you can too.  Then you can make a roller from ellipses, reflect your sine curve and roll the elliptical roller along