Wald’s Survivorship Airplane Problem

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This is a great example where mathematicians applied some creative thinking to solve a very real world problem.  It is Abraham Wald’s Survivorship Bias problem.  To help explain the sequence of concepts that lead to his insight, we made some wooden planes to help visualize the problem, and the solution. We start out thinking about the planes that come back

Making Friends with the M in STEM: STEM Santa Fe Spring Camp

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MathHappens Foundation and STEM Santa Fe partnered together to host a week’s worth of camp sessions for a group of 27 students from March 15-19. Camp sessions were led by MathHappens staff, Lauren Siegel, Josephine Sheng, Elizabeth Wrightsman, Anh Nguyen and Viyang Shah and group discussions were led by a group of facilitators including Naila Hajiyeva, and Quan Nguyen who

George Washington Carver Museum Black History Month Kid’s Day

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George Washington Carver Museum is hosting Black History Month Kid’s Day on Saturday, March 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

New audience. Old artifacts.

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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

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

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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

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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

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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