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

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Events, Field Trips, History Connections, Intern Experience, Library, Making Math, Mathematical Artifacts, Museum, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, Sharing Ideas, Take and Make, Teacher Support & Training, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

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  Sign up to

Proud to be a Sponsor….

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MathHappens Foundation is proud to have an opportunity to be a sponsor for the webinar series being offered by the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.  The educators at JRMF have done a great job adapting the festival format to zoom.  Its really great!  Sessions are offered in English and Spanish at times that can work for participants across the globe.  Check

Special Delivery! Math Activities.

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We are finding new ways to get math activities to our K-12 students and families in Austin. Today we are providing three models to families served by Jose Carrasco and the Dobie Family Resource Center in north Austin: A geometry activity set that can be used for young children learning shapes and for middle schoolers and even high school.  It

Awesome Math Making Ideas from Other People – Napiers Bones

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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

Women in Steam at the Thinkery

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Women in Mathematics!  Katherine Johnson calculated trajectories, parabolic and otherwise for NASA in the 1960s.  Almost 70 years earlier Mary Boole invented curve stitching to teach the mathematical properties of parabolas to children.  We made some really great foldable parabolas to connect to the work of both these women in math.  Here’s the laser file – we cut the holes

MathHappens in Nature

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We have officially launched our new weekly program at the Austin Nature and Science Center! This program will go from 10am-2pm every Saturday so checkout our Facebook for more information. The room will have rotating puzzles and activities, a shelf full of books for various ages, and something you can make and take home with you! Don’t miss out because

MathHappens at Winter Tree Fest

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Nina Hunt, Elizabeth Wrightsman, and Josephine Sheng helped present one of our new activities at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Winter Tree Fest this past Saturday. Visitors had the opportunity to explore Pull-String 3D shapes (laser files are here). Here is a video of one of the shapes that visitors got to make to go with the Fortlandia exhibit that was at

2020 Real Places Conference!

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  Elizabeth Lay, our math in history expert anchored our exhibit table and Claire Steffens, Director of Experience for Pioneer Farms co-presented with MathHappens Foundation Director Lauren Siegel.  Go Team!  We had a great time. Some links and information: We learned to use laser cutters at Austins own laser coop:  MakeATX For a short and informative  explanation of Golden Calipers