Take and Make: Napier’s Bones Calculator

Paola GarciaCommunity Partnerships, History Connections, Library, Making Math, Math at Home, Mathematical Artifacts, Take and Make, Teacher Support & Training1 Comment

Napier’s Bones are a manually operated calculator created by John Napier in 1612. This calculator is based on Lattice Multiplication and helps math learners with multiplying large numbers by a single digit number.  Math learners! Start identifying multiplication patterns by making your own set of Napier’s Bones! Materials: Napier’s Bones Paper Template: https://tinyurl.com/rh5xdajt Writing utensil (pencil or pen) Popsicle sticks

UTeach Conference 2021 – Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Equity in Mathematics

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MathHappens had the opportunity to present at the 2021 UTeach STEM Educators Conference. The theme for this year was Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM Education. Paola and Josephine led our session on “Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Equity in Mathematics.” Below are some images of our slides. If you would like to view our entire presentation, here are our

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

Take and Make: Making a Pool Test Apparatus

Lauren SiegelMaking Math, Sharing Ideas, Take and Make, Teacher Support & Training, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!, Zoom FriendlyLeave a Comment

You don’t need robots and computers, just a system and apparatus to organize the steps! This model is based on the results alluded too but not completely explained by an Israeli company in the recent NY Times article by David Halbfinger on creative pool testing options.   https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/health/fast-coronavirus-testing-israel.html Trying to come up with one of these is a great activity for

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  Recording Hosted by

Guest Lecturing at UT Perspectives Class

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Perspectives was one of my favorite classes at UTeach!  What a treat to come with Elizabeth Lay to guest speak to Dr. Raby’s spring class.  I covered the research and idea generation process which includes going to museums, thinking about math connections, and most of all curiosity.  Elizabeth shared details of our Math and Texas History project including some original

Skyline High. Calculus the Musical!

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Have you seen it? MathHappens was happy to support a San Francisco Bay Area stop for Matheatre’s Calculus the Musical.  Xiaojie Zhang teaches calculus at Skyline High School in Oakland, California.  It was because of Ms. Zhang’s enthusiasm (and a few speedy emails to her principal’s office) that Matheatre could make Skyline High a special stop on their 2020 tour. More

Take and Make: Curve Stitching

Michelle TatMaking Math, Take and Make, Teacher Support & Training2 Comments

Curve Stitching Files:  SVG and Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator Mary Boole invented curve stitching to teach children how curves relate to straight lines. Make your own conic sections using these frames and string! Update 12/23/19 We shared these files with Stefanie Nguyen who runs as school makerspace at a school and the kids did wonderful creative things with them.  Here’s