MathHappens Conversation Cart at the Texas State History Museum

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Quan Vuong and Samantha Trevino have been sharing some navigation innovations that allowed La Salle and other Explorers to cross to the new world with Bullock visitors on Tuesdays from 12 -3.  Today they are talking about Mercator Maps, the distortion that occurs when you project to a flat surface and also how the ships navigators used the sighting of

MathHappens @ the Thinkery with Marjorie Rice Tessellating Pentagons

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We had a great time at the Thinkery’s Community Spotlight:  Women in STEAM.  Thanks to Halle Herzog, Kyla Kalugden and Cassandra Gonzalez.  We featured the irregular pentagon tilings and artistic butterfly stylings of Marjorie Rice. Marjorie Rice found 4 of the remaining 6 types that were still unidentified in 1975.  For this activity we looked at a number of shapes

Austin Museum Day Part 4: Neill-Cochran House Museum

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One year later, MathHappens went back to the Neill-Cochran House Museum for Austin Museum Day! We were stationed at the Pythagorean Tables which are formed around a 3-4-5 triangle. On the 3-table, we had Tic-Tac-Toe; on the 4-table, we had chess/checkers; and on the 5-table we had vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. The cupcakes were used to display how square numbers

Austin Museum Day Part 2: Harry Ransom Center

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MathHappens was happy to be back at the Harry Ransom Center for Austin Museum Day. Activities for the day were based on the Ransom Center’s Lewis Carroll collection. Our math activities included making your own secretly coded name tag using a cipher key based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We had tangrams which could be rearranged to look like the

Museum Day this Sunday!

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Austin Museum Day is coming up this Sunday, September 23rd! Click here to see our flyer for more details! We hope to see you there. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Avenue, (512) 232-0100, www.wildflower.org MathHappens Activity Station (9-11am): Search for the Golden Ratio by the creek in the Family Garden. Neill-Cochran House Museum 2310 San Gabriel Street, (512)

Amazing Unusual Math Games

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MathHappens at the Bullock featured a game area on the 2nd floor balcony with an array of unusual math games along with the cannon ball stacking and mirror activity. If you’d like to find an unusual, interesting, fun and math oriented game, check these out! The document contains links on where to get the games and pictures as well