Take and Make: Scott Kim Block by Block Jr.

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Whether in 1″ Maple, or 1/2″ pine, or 5″ cardboard, this block set known as Block by Block Jr. designed  by puzzle designer Scott Kim has multiple uses and offers a variety of ways to practice spacial skills, problem solving and just have fun together.   We highly recommend this activity for all ages.   We ordered 1000 block from a

Take and Make: Linkages Pop-up Card

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Its a Day of the Dead Celebration at SE Branch Library!  Kids were able to decorate and color a moveable candle.  Staffers Mason Chng and Stefany Espinoza were joined by Jackie Salazar and Branch Manager Irene Magana-Noverola at the SE Branch Library.  Video of the card moving. We cut the cardstock with the laser – a first for us and

Take and Make:Frames for 21st Century Pattern Blocks at Asmbly Makerspace in Austin TX

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Meet Art Zamora and Johnnie Perales, new partners who will be making 20 sets of frames for 21st Century Pattern Blocks. The blocks and the frames along with other math activities will be going to clubhouses for children who are residents in 18 low income housing complexes across Texas.  Sets of pattern blocks and frames will also go to 4

Take and Make: Tabletop Optical Illusions and Perspective Playground

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We found an instructable on making chalk art patterns in CorelDraw.  But guess what? — you can use this technique to poster print all kinds of fun 3d designs.  The instructable is here.   Its pretty cool! We sent a logo perspective box, aReuleux car and some conic section models to the NWMath Conference. PDFs can be printed in various sizes.  “Chalk”

Mathemagician Sunday Funday – Neill-Cochran House Museum

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We built mathematician kits! We explored the magic area puzzle, cut and assembled linkages, taped impossible cylinders, made cipher nametags, proved that 64=65, a geometric dissection with hinged pieces (circle – square – heart) and more.  Read about the whole kit here.  There are links to printable versions, and notes about each project. Thanks to Quan Nguyen, Mason Chng and

Sheryl Hsu’s Math Exhibit at the Play Like a Miner Exhibit, Almaden Quicksilver Museum

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Kruskal’s Algorithm Minimal Spanning Tree: Railroad Table This project was created by Sheryl Hsu for exhibit at the Almaden Quicksilver Mine and sponsored by MathHappens Foundation.  Sheryl wrote us a detailed proposal that described her project, the mathematics she planned to explain and the details of construction.  You can read it here.   Then she built it!  See Sheryl’s video where

Take and Make: Magician’s Rods

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I learned about these on a video on Numberphile. .  In the video they said the magic words “no longer available” and that was it, we had to make our own.  Josephine Sheng designed these way back in 2017 I think, and we just never posted.  We don’t like “tricking” people, but if you have a good half hour you can

MathHappens at the Library- Updated!

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We’ve sent materials to or provided activities at the  LA Public Library, Killeen Public Library, Buda Public Library, Santa Fe Public Library, Austin Central Library and most recently the Orange Public Library and we are going to do more.  Libraries are great because they are free, open and available to learners of all ages in the community, and you can

Take and Make: Printables to Guide your Project.

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This is a transformer puzzle.  The template has one side set up as a hexagon and the other side a square, but the hexagon design can still be rearranged as a square as well. Maddie Wallace made this logo for University of Wisconsin by hand. Be sure to use the link to get the PDF file. Transformer Puzzle Square to