Archives. Long history of hating Math.

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“Your x’s and zero’s, and algebraic formulae, are rattling in my head like nails in a bag.” Ouch! An except From the Earth to the Moon, an 1865 novel by Jules Verne. Spoofing the mind-breaking calculations needed to construct a cannon capable of shooting a crew to the Moon. Fortunately, MathHappens is not alone in wanting to rewrite this classic

Saturdays with MathHappens @ Austin Nature and Science Center

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MathHappens is excited to announce that there will be math at the Austin Nature and Science Center every Saturday for Summer 2019 from 10 am to 2pm in the Visitor Center! Favorite Quote:  “Kids, if you don’t finish at the math table soon you are going to miss out on the water park.”  

# 1 Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center: Bee Genetics

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Paola headed to Nature Nights to present math connections to Bee Genetics.  Drones have one parent: a Queen, and Queens have two: a Drone and a Queen.  When we make the family tree….SURPRISE!   Fibonacci Numbers! Participants made their own Bee, tessellated butterflies and used the model to see how the bee genetics relates to Fibonacci’s rabbit problem.

MathHappens EOY Party

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We invited interns, staff, families, colleagues from UTeach, UT Math,  MakeATX, AISD and from the Austin Musuem world. We had a food buffet upstairs and a math buffet downstairs including things we’ve collected and things we’ve made.  Great conversations and a nice afternoon together.   Thanks to Cliff Hill for coming to show us how throw those knives  right!  Thanks

TAG Field Trip Austin Nature and Science Center

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This group surprised us!  These 5th graders worked on a voronoi map, observed voronoi patterns in a microscope and on animals and participated in a lively discussion on cholera and epidemiology.  When we got to the iPad demo of circles colliding one young man watching the patterns emerge from colliding circles said “this is so satisfying”. With overcast skies, we