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.

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

Mardi Nott Presents at AACTM

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On Saturday, Mardi Nott presented about math field trips with MathHappens at the AACTM Winter Conference. AACTM stands for Austin Area Council of Teacher of Mathematics, which is affiliated with the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM). Our presentation slides are available here. Mardi presented about field trips she has done to the Austin Nature and Science Center, Harry

Field Trip: Voronoi Diagrams, Koch Fractals, Golden Ratio.

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We had a great program and group of students at our latest field trip at the Austin Nature and Science Center. On this field trip we started with a whole group activity where we simulated a Voronoi diagram. Each new participant has to find a path that is equidistant from the nearest two others. Next time we’ll find some shoe

Navigation Field Trip Fall 2018

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We welcomed Miss Mardi back to the Bullock for a navigation field trip with another group of Austin High School students! Favorite Quote: “It was pretty cool learning about the history, which surprised me because I usually don’t like history” This field trip like others to the Bullock La Belle exhibit involved students “sailing” or carrying their ship to ports

Bullock Field Trip: Canyon Vista Middle School

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We had a great time welcoming back Ms. Kathy Lennox and a new group of students from Canyon Vista Middle School. Most of our math and navigation field trip remains the same between high school and middle school students. However, some adjustments must be made due to the difference in math content taught in middle and high school. To read

Post-Field-Trip Fun at International High School

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We had lots of fun taking our math activities to International High School. The premise: About 150 students went on a field trip while all the other students were taking their STAAR test. However, the field trip was only about a half-day. So our job was to bring math activities to give the students something to do while they spent

Bullock Field Trip: Austin HS

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We had fun welcoming back Ms. Mardi Nott along with a new group of students from Austin High School. Their field trip consisted of touring the museum, including the La Belle exhibit, and spending time with MathHappens to learn about how navigation relates to mathematics. We had two groups of about 30 students, each for an hour. The students split