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

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

Austin Nature and Science Center Fall Fest Star Party

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Events, Intern Experience, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

One person can make a real difference by bringing math into a family event at the Nature Center.  Emmie Chng was working solo with an enthusiastic gathering of families.  They learned how to make a plumbline, how to use a quadrant, how to make one at home and why we look to the north star to find latitude. Here’s the

A 119 Year Quest to Understand Tessellating, Convex, Irregular Pentagons

Michelle TatCommunity Partnerships, Conference Presentations, Library, Museum, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

The idea for MathHappens to work with tessellating pentagons originated from intern Jason Gorst’s suggestions for future projects on his final report. A tessellation describes an arrangement of shapes that tiles a plane with no gaps or overlaps.The challenge of finding all possible tessellating pentagons was issued in 1900 by David Hilbert at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – ANSC

Josephine ShengCommunity Partnerships, Events, Intern Experience, Making Math, Nature & Science Center, Parks & RecreationLeave a Comment

We had an amazing time at Austin Nature and Science Center! Photo Gallery to come! At ANSC, we shared with the public ways to understand math through art. We brought out our tessellating pentagons and regular shapes (squares, rectangles, etc.) and invited the public to go through the history that brought us to the 15 irregular tessellating pentagons that we

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day- You are Invited!

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Events, History Connections, Intern Experience, Museum, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

In this photo Ximena Mercado Garcia has items from each Museum Day math station on the table to share with Univision and their viewers. Las matemáticas también pueden ser divertidas. ¡Únete y descúbrelo tu mismo! Sarah Bacca is sending this note with all the details to teachers, principals and schools.  We hope everyone gets the word! Dear Math Enthusiasts,  

Saturdays with MathHappens @ Austin Nature and Science Center

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

MathHappens is excited to announce that there will be math at the Austin Nature and Science Center every Saturday for Summer 2019 from 10 am to 2pm in the Visitor Center! Favorite Quote:  “Kids, if you don’t finish at the math table soon you are going to miss out on the water park.”  

Golden Ratio Materials arrived at NC Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Education Department

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We are pleased to hear that the materials we made for the North Carolina’s Mecklenberg Department of Parks and Recreation have arrived safely.  We customized our caliper display with a North Carolina Crayfish, provided a set of Golden Ratio proportional calipers, Giant Calipers, the arm measure, zebra, ant, Golden Ratio mirrors with signage, and 1:1 and 1:2 calipers.  We are