Region XIII Ed Camp – Unconferencing

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Very excited to participate in this conference.   Lauren, Abdul, Paola and Ben all  attended and also led sessions and learned a lot about this new format.  Discussion based, the sessions are facilitated rather than led.  Project based learning, maker spaces, equity and math were all on the topic lists.  Teachers were really interested in the Napier’s Bones models we

Spiral of Theodorus – Relax with Math

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Using an arts and crafts approach, we can teach a classic mathematics technique with low stress. We are providing the demonstration kit, a magnetic starter triangle and a simple straight edge (also magnetic) in sets of five as a door prize at this weekend’s Edcamp at Region 13, an UnConference for educators.  We hope that the educators who win the kits

Pop up Math at Austin’s Central Library

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Exhibiting a Globular Map, an “Innovative” Mercator Map (1500s) and a Modern Map to show the way maps changed over time for purposes of navigation.  The Globe shows us the true proportions of the continents, and the 3d printed Stereographic shell shows how translating a sphere to a flat surface can cause the kinds of distortions the Mercator map.  Ben,

Saturday with STEM Scouts!

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We had a great time working with STEM Scouts at their event called STEMQuest. STEM Scouts is a program launched by Boy Scouts that brings STEM development opportunities to elementary and middle school students. To learn more about STEM Scouts in Central Texas, visit their Facebook page linked here! As part of STEMQuest, MathHappens brought three different activities which all

Human Sunclock Looking Good!

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Exhibits Director Josh Ransom sent some wonderful progress pictures showing the improvements they are making to the human sunclock at the Austin Nature and Science Center.  Its a great place to visit on a field trip and initiate discussions and activities about geometries of sunlight striking a spherical earth.

Educator Night!

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This evening we headed to the Thinkery which is hosting an event for educators.  MathHappens interns Paola Garcia, Josephine Sheng and Ben Duong provided information on three field trips that will help teachers help students understand math in context and possibly answer the infamous “so what” question.  In addition we will be making and designing with the Spiral of Theodorus.