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!

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

CAMT Presentation July 10!

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We are excited to bring two backpacks full of MathHappens goodies for door prizes. Paola Garcia and I are co-presenting a session with star Austin High math teacher Mardi Nott.  Participants are going to look into each others eyes and discover the power of geometry to analyze light reflections, using similar triangles to reveal the height or distance of objects

# 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.