Austin Museum Day 2020

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Austin Museum Day is going to feature an all day program on facebook plus virtual offerings you can access anytime and there are a number of Austin locations that will be open to visit! Check out the Schedule! MathHappens is staying virtual this year, but we are starting a new list of great ways to think about math connections at

Joyful Math Jamboree August 31.

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It was a pleasure to present to the Joyful Math Jamboree.  We updated our presentation on the Tessellating Pentagon Story which you can access here. We also made (for the first time) some ok Geogebra Activities with our versions of the files.  You can find the activities here.  These are some of the creative tessellation our group completed.   In

MathHappens in the Newspaper: Tangrams

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We need more math where people can find it, play with it, and enjoy it.  We are very excited to have Tangrams in this weeks’ Austin Chronicle and very excited for the next nine entries.  Elizabeth Wrightsman is heading our newspaper project and we are all contributing with ideas, layouts, and landing pages (accessible from QR codes) for additional activities.

Making a Pool Test Apparatus

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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

Take and Make: Parallel Ruler and Compass Rose

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In 2019, we brought our suite of Navigation Math to New York to share how we relate math to Texas History and the voyage of La Belle which is on exhibit at the Texas State History Museum.  Files to make our version of the Parallel Ruler are here.     Files to make our version of the Compass Rose are here. Participants

JRMF Incubator Session Notes

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We got a start on ways to talk about pool testing at the incubator session.  As the guest host, we created some cover slides and worked with one of the chat rooms.  There are a lot of resources and ideas here with more to come as the different participants work out their ideas! Cover Slides are Here    

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

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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

Special Delivery II: Food for the Brain

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With the help of Jose Carrasco who coordinates Drive Thru Food Distributions in Schools by Austin Voices for Education and Youth the goodies will now include some supplies and math activities. What’s on the cart?  120 composition books with graph paper with math activity sheets, 60 sets of washable markers, and 120 mini games of SET.  After our last conversation