## MathHappens Mailroom! July 11 2019

We are very excited to have a real Vara Chain!  To relive the suspenseful opening of the box, check out these 1, 2, 3 riveting videos.  Or just zoom in on the letter and read it : )

## How Tall is the Flagpole- Using mirrors to find Proportions CAMT 2019

Introduction We ask our students to imagine a huge variety of scenarios in math class:  trains approaching each other, roller coasters, boats sailing into the wind, buying ice cream, baking cakes, filling vases, sharing pizzas and on.  But our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with very different life experiences and may not be able to relate to

## CAMT Presentation July 10!

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

## #4 MathHappens at Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center: Voronoi Patterns

Visitors of all ages selected a pattern to trace.  When the underlying structure is traced, the giraffe, cracked mud, turtle shell and dragonfly wing all result in similar voronoi patterns.  When you compare to the bubbles you can see the similarity there as well.

## # 3 MathHappens at Nature Nights at the LBJ Wildflower Center: Golden Ratio in Prairie Animals

Looking for the Golden Ratio in Prairie Animals, insects and even our own arm and hands.  Over 115 visitors came by this evening.

## #2 Nature Nights @ Wildflower Center – Koch Fractals

Thursday June 13, 2019.  Enthusiasm for these fractal parts is amazing.  Something about the stages of the Koch Fractal inspires interest, excites the mind and inspires creativity.

## Saturdays with MathHappens @ Austin Nature and Science Center

Ben Duong presenting Curve Stitching! Straight lines make parabolas and conics! Favorite Quote:  “I have to buy this!  All three of my grandkids are totally quiet.”

## Saturdays with MathHappens @ Austin Nature and Science Center

MathHappens is excited to announce that there will be math at the Austin Nature and Science Center every Saturday for Summer 2019 from 10 am to 2pm in the Visitor Center! Favorite Quote:  “Kids, if you don’t finish at the math table soon you are going to miss out on the water park.”