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.

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

What are tessellations?

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What are tessellations? A repeating pattern of shapes that goes on forever without any gaps or overlaps. You can think of tiling a floor. Squares, triangles and hexagons are all shapes that tessellate. Mathematician Marjorie Rice discovered some very interesting polygons that tile. It is fun to color and move around all kinds of geometric shapes! See how these squares

Tessellations! Gilbert Elementary Science Day

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Josephine Sheng, Paola Garcia and Cassandra Gonzalez at Science Day Tessellation puzzles are a great way to spend some time with some regular and irregular polygons and as a group make some beautiful puzzles.  These are going to stay at Gilbert Elementary in the library. And we got a nice note from the principal: Thank you so much for sending

MathHappens @ the Thinkery with Marjorie Rice Tessellating Pentagons

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Favorite quote:  “Oh my gosh! I can feel my brain working”. We had a great time at the Thinkery’s Community Spotlight:  Women in STEAM.  Thanks to Halle Herzog, Kyla Kalugden and Cassandra Gonzalez.  We featured the irregular pentagon tilings and artistic butterfly stylings of Marjorie Rice. Marjorie Rice found 4 of the remaining 6 types that were still unidentified in

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