Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire – Nov 11, 2017

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Thank you to Barnes and Noble, Arboretum for a great time! We go to maker faires because we make math models and we want others to consider what they can make to help them understand math.  And we go because its fun to meet people who want to learn something new, or revisit something old in a new way.  We

Dr. Jennifer Mann Austin checked into MakeATX to laser cut some wood!

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Dr. Jennifer Mann Austin came by the MakeATX laser shop today.  She’s already taken laser basics training class and is making some models for her University of Texas M302 math class for liberal arts majors and other non-math majors.  There’s a super cool Pythagorean Puzzle and she’s cutting some Golden Ratio Calipers and a few other goodies.

Austin Maker Faire 2017

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We got to talk with makers and math enthusiasts of all types, ages and interests.  Our showcase includes math made with 3d printers, epilog lasers, an iPad app, leather, and plain old paper.  Its fun to see it all together.  Our table included several kinds of calipers and golden ratio examples, Lewis Carroll exhibit activities, La Belle 1600s navigation tools, and the

Learning about Makerspaces on UT Campus

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We visited the Longhorn Studios maker space in the Cockrell School of Engineering in January. We made a stereoscopic projection piece.  If we shine a light at the top it projects a perfect 6×6 grid.  This is a great way to introduce the concept distortions in maps showing the continents.

Fibonacci Numbers, Calculating The Golden Ratio with Sequences , Measuring with Proportional Calipers

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The PROGRAM GUIDES The Measurement Activities (Mr. Morales/ Mr. Ahrens).  In the planetarium We’ll have the giant calipers, the arm – wrist – hand proportional measurement tool, some pictures of various animals, the Hurricane Sandy Puzzle with its golden spiral, the Golden Ratio Hand Mirrors, and the calipers to give to each student.  Students will also visit the specimen room