Learning about Makerspaces on UT Campus

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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

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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

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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!

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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