Making the Math

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Quan, Abdul, Payton and Marcus are making math this summer!  Whether gluing chess pieces, laser cutting calipers and rabbits, etching acrylic for a custom cement mold, assembling displays or even assisting Nature and Science Center Exhibits Director Josh Ransom (pictured in blue) to mix and pour concrete, its all part of the job.

Workshop: Connecting Visitors to Meaning Through Interpretive Exhibits.

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We attended a Workshop yesterday sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.  Topic: Connecting Visitors to Meaning Through Interpretive Exhibits.  We did some reading, writing, discussing, collaborating, production of a mock exhibit and presentations as well.  We learned a lot about this kind of exhibit design in a museum context and found many parallels to our own ideas of teaching and

Austin Museum Partnership Educator Night

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We brought a variety of materials and most importantly three of our UTeach Spring Interns to Educator night sponsored by the Austin Museum Partnership, and hosted at the LBJ Library — Fancy. We had some great conversations with teachers and with museum staff about adding math to museum offerings and about opportunities to take Math Field Trips!

AUSTIN ZOO Homeschool Day

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The Austin Zoo is a great place, and a great place to think about Math in Nature! We brought giant calipers with us that were designed to show proportions 1:1, 1:2 and 1: 1.618. Using our calipers we explored some physical manifestations of the Golden Mean. We also followed Fibonacci’s original instructions as we modeled the Rabbit Problem. The ratio

UTEACH INTERNSHIP AT MATHHAPPENS – Having a great Summer!

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This unedited informal report filed by Ayesha Qadri on the work she and Aminadab Morales are doing independently this month shows their initiative in brainstorming ideas for upcoming events, making prototypes at the laser workshop, and testing materials in the field. They are also problem solving, communicating with site managers, interacting with Nature and Science Center visitors and documenting their