Great time presenting the 15 Tessellating Pentagons to the UT Math Circle

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No paper, no pencils, just working with the shapes.  We had a ball!  Thank you for inviting us and providing a great meal Dr. Jennifer Austin!  Teachers got to take home a set of about 15 of their favorite type.  Finding the types began in 1900 with Hilbert’s challenge and ended in 2017.  Its a great story.

Take and Make: Mathematical Origami

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I want the files now! We attended the MOVES Conference at the Museum of Mathematics in New York this summer.  Main topic?  Mathematical Origami.  There is a lot going on with capabilities to weaken materials and facilitate folding with lasers and other precision devices.  Robert Lang and Eric Demaine are both experts and innovators in this area and they spoke

Saturdays with MathHappens at the Austin Nature and Science Center

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Visitors today created a butterfly puzzle that can stay at the ANSC.  Each one made a butterfly piece and together they are a tribute to famous mathematician Marjorie Rice’s work on the tessellating pentagon problem.  Its a great way to end our summer series!  See you next summer!

You can work for the Survey Office!

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Do you have a carriage and a handkerchief? if so … YOU can work for the survey office. Got a mule?  Smoke?  Yes??  if so YOU can work for the survey office. At the 2019 TEKS Con Elizabeth Lay and Lauren Siegel of MathHappens had the opportunity to share some ideas for cross curricular programming in math and Texas history

MathHappens @ TEKSCon Showcase 2019 July 30

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At the Showcase you can meet Elizabeth Lay, MathHappens’ Program Manager who is developing an innovative new unit.   MathHappens has obtained an original manuscript written by Texas surveyor Robert Creuzbauer that details a dual system of land measurement standards unique to Texas.  The new unit will  connect Texas History and Mathematics curricula addressing TEKS for both math and history.

Saturdays with MathHappens at the Austin Nature and Science Center: Golden Ratio

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To build on the exhibit already in place at the Austin Nature and Science Center, visitors were able to stop by our table and make their own golden ratio calipers. Alongside this activity, guests were given the opportunity to color in their own golden ratio spiral, which could then be made into a necklace. This ratio (1: 1.618…) is present

15 Tessellating Pentagons Project

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We are very excited to have our first batch of all 15 Pentagons!  Thanks to Parker Dewey intern Jason Gorst for having this idea back in January.  We have since celebrated Marjorie Rice and her contribution to the pentagon project, and it inspired a whole series on tessellation that we have brought to schools, the library, the Thinkery, the Nature