If you are a fan of museums, then you have seen something like this object before… probably dozens of times. This impressive artifact is a nocturnal from La Belle and it can be used to tell time at night by the positions of the stars. As historic artifacts and symbols of exploration and discovery, navigation tools like this one spark

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## Webinar: Making the Most of Math Connections at your Museum or Historical Site

Elizabeth Lay, Claire Steffen and I had the opportunity to present a webinar through the Texas Historical Commission today. We discussed ways that museums can enhance visitor experiences with math, showed a variety of examples of math activities at museum locations and talked about our process in developing connected activities. Our Presentation Slides are here The Handout Recording Hosted by

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## Take and Make: Proof without Words Sum of Odd Numbers – Freese Transformation

This Geometric Transformation shows how the sum of the first 6 consecutive odd numbers is the square of 6, or 36. It’s the classic “proof without words”. Freese’s Transformation also shows this relationship, but his “squares” have sides sqrt 1, sqrt 3, sqrt 5, and so on. Freese Corel File, Adobe Illustrator File, Jpg printable

## Take and Make: Experimental Mathematics Cucumber Edition

Here’s a fun one! Inspired by a conversation with Chris Daniels of Public Math. He said roll paper around a cylinder and cut on an angle to get an ellipse and produce a sine wave. So we did! And you can too. Then you can make a roller from ellipses, reflect your sine curve and roll the elliptical roller along

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## Awesome Math Making Ideas from Other People – Napiers Bones

Here’s an excerpt of a twitter conversation. Day before yesterday Aida wrote to get access to some of our files and ideas. Yesterday she made this amazing version of Napiers Bones that is in the National Archeological Museum in Madrid. Today I’m inspired by her project and want to know more about this version and I want to see that

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## Take and Make: Pythagorean Puzzles are a hit in Middle School

These two Pythagorean Theorem Puzzles were a hit with Paola Garcia’s middle school students. Paola mentioned that some students who are not as facile with pen and paper exercises excelled with the wooden puzzles and that overall everyone enjoyed them. Laser cutting files are posted here. These do not have the solutions etched into the board

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## MathHappens @ TEKSCon Showcase 2019 July 30

At the Showcase you can meet Elizabeth Lay, MathHappens’ Program Manager who is developing an innovative new unit. MathHappens has obtained an original manuscript written by Texas surveyor Robert Creuzbauer that details a dual system of land measurement standards unique to Texas. The new unit will connect Texas History and Mathematics curricula addressing TEKS for both math and history.

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## MathHappens Mailroom – Vintage …. something…

Click here to watch a short video featuring veteran MathHappens intern, now staff Josephine Sheng and another mystery box.

## 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 : )

## What is it?!

Math Happens… just about everywhere. This is a very old hoof gauge that we found on a trip to Sheridan, Wyoming. It looks like good luck and math mixed together. The arm of the hoof gauge moves up and down. The arrow points to the measure. A healthy angle for a horse hoof is approximately 54º. Many experienced farriers know

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