New audience. Old artifacts.

J JCommunity Partnerships, Field Trips, Mathematical Artifacts, Museum, Teacher Support & TrainingLeave a Comment

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

George Washington Carver Museum Black History Month Kid’s Day

Josephine ShengCommunity Partnerships, Events, History Connections, Intern Experience, Math at Home, Museum, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

George Washington Carver Museum is hosting Black History Month Kid’s Day on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. They will be hosting the event live via Zoom sessions with special guests and activities. This year’s theme is the Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. You can RSVP for the event here. MathHappens interns, Viyang Shah and Anh Nguyen, worked together to create

Human Sunclock. Tiny Tour

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  We love this video!  When we partner with a museum or nature center we build the possibilities together. Some activities are “pop-ups.” Others are long lasting, like this sunclock. Some activities are outside… some are inside. “Gnomon” < Do you know this word? Megan uses it in the video.  See the how this sunclock was built and how it’s

Great Presentation to STEM Pathways for Girls – Santa Fe

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Events, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

Topic:  Graph Theory Presenter:  MathHappens’ own Elizabeth Wrightsman. Facilitator Team Esther: a retired actuary Emily: an. engineering student at Smith College Sarah: a graduate student at St. John’s College with a concentration on math education Chelsea, Megan, Kara: scientists at Los Alamos National Lab Twenty Three girls participated in this hour and half session.  We learned about the history of graph

Public Math Provokes Math Thinking in Unexpected Places

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Sharing Ideas, Sponsoring Mathematics Projects, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

Here’s another great organization dedicated to getting the math out to the people, Public Math at https://www.public-math.org.  They have just issued an annual report that is full of fun and interesting ways you can share math in public, and it lists all the great people doing this work with them.  These projects, like the postcard project or the math vending

Mathematics in the Community – 2017 Hydration Station

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Making Math, Sharing Ideas, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

How can educator forge better relationships with their community?  This is a great example of reaching out to the community, providing useful information and showing how some calculations can be important in our day to day life.  In fall 2017 Amy Gross decorated a table, created a display of information, shared her hydration tracking system and samples of fruit infused

Special Delivery III: Supplies for Austin Voices HopeFest Resource Fair & Food Distribution

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

Jose Carrasco and Austin Voices organized this year’s event.  We really appreciate the opportunity to contribute and double stars to the volunteers who assembled kits putting together graph paper books, scissors, and colored pencils.  Also included were some Tangrams to cut out and play with, and Michelle Tat’s Mathematics Fairy Tale in English and Spanish.

Take and Make: Parallel Ruler and Compass Rose

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In 2019, we brought our suite of Navigation Math to New York to share how we relate math to Texas History and the voyage of La Belle which is on exhibit at the Texas State History Museum.  Files to make our version of the Parallel Ruler are here.     Files to make our version of the Compass Rose are here. Participants