Austin Museum Partnership Educator Night

We brought a variety of materials and most importantly three of our UTeach Spring Interns to Educator night sponsored by the Austin Museum Partnership, and hosted at the LBJ Library — Fancy. We had some great conversations with teachers and with museum staff about adding math to museum offerings and about opportunities to take Math Field Trips!

Golden Ratio Exhibit for the Austin Nature and Science Center

We are getting closer to having finished exhibit pieces for the Austin Nature and Science Center!  We need to add some elements, minimize and reduce signage and produce some “safety”calipers. Finding more Golden Ratio connections in the existing specimen collection.

Calipers for the Specimen Room Austin Nature and Science Center

Volunteer Charles Ahrens helps visitors appreciate the variety of critters, bones, skins and artifacts in the specimen room. MathHappens is pleased to provide him and the Nature Center a precision quality set of of Golden Ratio Calipers along with some wooden ones made by us for loaning to visitors. If you are interested in learning more about insects and all

Learning about Makerspaces on UT Campus

We visited the Longhorn Studios maker space in the Cockrell School of Engineering in January. We made a stereoscopic projection piece.  If we shine a light at the top it projects a perfect 6×6 grid.  This is a great way to introduce the concept distortions in maps showing the continents.

Fibonacci Numbers, Calculating The Golden Ratio with Sequences , Measuring with Proportional Calipers

The PROGRAM GUIDES The Measurement Activities (Mr. Morales/ Mr. Ahrens).  In the planetarium We’ll have the giant calipers, the arm – wrist – hand proportional measurement tool, some pictures of various animals, the Hurricane Sandy Puzzle with its golden spiral, the Golden Ratio Hand Mirrors, and the calipers to give to each student.  Students will also visit the specimen room

AUSTIN ZOO Homeschool Day

The Austin Zoo is a great place, and a great place to think about Math in Nature! We brought giant calipers with us that were designed to show proportions 1:1, 1:2 and 1: 1.618. Using our calipers we explored some physical manifestations of the Golden Mean. We also followed Fibonacci’s original instructions as we modeled the Rabbit Problem. The ratio

UTEACH INTERNSHIP AT MATHHAPPENS – Having a great Summer!

This unedited informal report filed by Ayesha Qadri on the work she and Aminadab Morales are doing independently this month shows their initiative in brainstorming ideas for upcoming events, making prototypes at the laser workshop, and testing materials in the field. They are also problem solving, communicating with site managers, interacting with Nature and Science Center visitors and documenting their