Playing Math at the NCTM Regional in Seattle

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We were invited, along with the Seattle Universal Math Museum (SUMM) to host a play space at NCTM’s Regional Conference in Seattle that took place earlier this month. The whole team organized materials, and then Matt Hertel and I met in Seattle ready to play math! Due to the nature of the space, and fire codes and whatnot, we had

Curve Stitching Parabolas

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Two wooden arms with regularly spaced holes are attached at one end with a bolt and wingnut. The arms are at approximately a 90° angle to each other. Threads are methodically stitched through the holes: the first hole on one arm to the last hole on the other, then the second-to-last hole to the second hole, etc.

Does this method of curve stitching make a parabola, or just something that looks kind of parabola-ish? Geometrically, a parabola is the set of points in the plane that are equidistant from a point (the focus) and a line (the directrix). The parabola whose focus is the point (0,1), and whose directrix is y= -1 is algebraically defined as y=¼

Buda Library STEAMfest

Lauren SiegelCommunity, Community Partnerships, Intern Experience, Library, Public LibrariesLeave a Comment

165 people of all ages were at the Buda Public Library on January 24 to celebrate Science, Technology, Art and Mathematics.  We had something for everyone at our tables.  Huston-Tillotson student and MathHappens intern Niela Williams did a great job facilitating and letting the community know about the free Math Room at ANSC.  We found out that the librarians in

Curry Triangle Paradox

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Five parts for a curry triangle lie slightly separated in order to make clear the decomposition. There is a 4-by- right triangle, a 9-by-7 right triangle, a 4-by-3 rectangle, a figure made of rows of 4, 3, and 2, and another of rows 1, 2, and 3.

Here’s the rap. Me: Can we do a little math together? You: Sure! Me: Here’s a triangle, right? You: Yes. Me: OK. You hold these pieces; I’m gonna swap these, and your job is to fill in the empty space to make the same triangle a different way. … Eventually (anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes later) Us: Oh

Joint Mathematics Meeting 2024

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Christopher Danielson and I headed to SF to help represent Math Communities in the American Institute of Mathematics booth.  We had a great time! We gave away hundreds of Curry Triangle Paradoxes, had dozens of conversations about remote internships and programs and shared some of our favorite models and then gave them away in a raffle.  Here are some of

Partner Spotlight: JRMF Festival support.

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MathHappens is an operating foundation and we do not usually fund grants, but we do support partners.  The program by Daniel Kline at Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals, JRMF to provide festival experiences to students at Title 1 schools in the bay are is one we are very excited to support.  And JRMF dedicated a table at the festivals to some

Remote Intern Program: Summer and Fall 2023

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This summer, 5 interns participated in MathHappens projects remotely from Las Vegas, the Chicago area, Knox County, IL, and Lake County, IL. In September, we started our fall cohort with 4 interns in Irving, TX, Edmond, OK, Knoxville,TN, and Appleton, WI. We have interns who are studying or have studied: math, math education, business, data science, economics, computer science, and

MathHappens 4 x @ The Austin Nature and Science Center

Lauren SiegelCommunity, Community Partnerships, Intern Experience, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation2 Comments

A Human Sunclock! Installed adjacent to the pathway outside the visitor center, it only works if you are there to cast the shadown that tells the time. This one is set to CDT, its exactly one hour late at this time of year (December). A Math Vending Machine! In the visitor center is a trading desk where you can ask

Ascent Academy Children’s Business Fair

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Ascent Academy is part of the Acton Academy family of schools. A signature event for Acton is the Children’s Business Fair. Businesses are created and launched by children and showcased at the Fair where visitors can purchase their products. MathHappens were invited to provide a pop up mathematical play space by the organizers of the event at Ascent Academy in