A great experience guest lecturing at UTeach

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I really enjoyed the opportunity to guest lecture at Megan Raby’s Perspectives class this week. The class is all about relating history to math and science.  Michelle Tat came with and we ran through the Navigation Field trip activities we created for the La Belle Exhibit at the Texas State History Museum.  Alex Li also came to assist the afternoon

Visit to the NY City Museum of Modern Art

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What a great way to start the new year!   Mengyu Chen, a recent graduate of Vassar College  signed on for our Parker Dewey Internship in December and I’m so glad she did.  She did the intern reading, and spent some time with some calipers and other models.  Then she visited at least two museums.  She combined  her knowledge of

2018 End-of-Semester Party!

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We had a wonderful, productive Fall 2018 here at MathHappens and we celebrated the end in style! We went to Whole Foods to eat and ice skate! Present were Michelle, Ben, Paola, Josephine, Halle, Rusheel, Abdulkarim, and Lauren. Some big achievements from this fall were: Participating in Austin Museum Day with activities at FIVE different museum locations Going to the

Region XIII Ed Camp – Unconferencing

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Very excited to participate in this conference.   Lauren, Abdul, Paola and Ben all  attended and also led sessions and learned a lot about this new format.  Discussion based, the sessions are facilitated rather than led.  Project based learning, maker spaces, equity and math were all on the topic lists.  Teachers were really interested in the Napier’s Bones models we

Spiral of Theodorus – Relax with Math

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Using an arts and crafts approach, we can teach a classic mathematics technique with low stress. We are providing the demonstration kit, a magnetic starter triangle and a simple straight edge (also magnetic) in sets of five as a door prize at this weekend’s Edcamp at Region 13, an UnConference for educators.  We hope that the educators who win the kits

Pop up Math at Austin’s Central Library

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Exhibiting a Globular Map, an “Innovative” Mercator Map (1500s) and a Modern Map to show the way maps changed over time for purposes of navigation.  The Globe shows us the true proportions of the continents, and the 3d printed Stereographic shell shows how translating a sphere to a flat surface can cause the kinds of distortions the Mercator map.  Ben,

Saturday with STEM Scouts!

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We had a great time working with STEM Scouts at their event called STEMQuest. STEM Scouts is a program launched by Boy Scouts that brings STEM development opportunities to elementary and middle school students. To learn more about STEM Scouts in Central Texas, visit their Facebook page linked here! As part of STEMQuest, MathHappens brought three different activities which all

Educator Night!

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This evening we headed to the Thinkery which is hosting an event for educators.  MathHappens interns Paola Garcia, Josephine Sheng and Ben Duong provided information on three field trips that will help teachers help students understand math in context and possibly answer the infamous “so what” question.  In addition we will be making and designing with the Spiral of Theodorus.

Museum Day this Sunday!

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Austin Museum Day is coming up this Sunday, September 23rd! Click here to see our flyer for more details! We hope to see you there. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Avenue, (512) 232-0100, www.wildflower.org MathHappens Activity Station (9-11am): Search for the Golden Ratio by the creek in the Family Garden. Neill-Cochran House Museum 2310 San Gabriel Street, (512)