Austin Nature and Science Center Fall Fest Star Party

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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

HEB Free Sunday at the Texas State History Museum – November 3

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We had a special treat for HEB Sunday!  Caroline Ainslie of Bubbly Math was on hand to make a geodesic dome from balloons. We had a great team for the day including Michelle Tat, Lauren Siegel, Marybeth Barnstone, Millie Barnstone, Emmie Chng, Josephine Sheng, Caroline Ainslie, Samantha Trevino and Nina Hunt~ Samantha, Emmie, Josephine, Nina and some guest MH staffers

Hot Science, Cool Talks

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  MathHappens had a blast tabling for the Hot Science Cool Talks event at UT Austin. As the talk related to space, we folded origami to show the mathematical origami techniques that engineers use in space technology!

Educator Night at The Thinkery

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MathHappens Interns Josephine Sheng and Viyang Shah had the opportunity to try out an activity on Freese’s Dissections at The Thinkery’s Educator Night on October 17th, 2019. They had a great time interacting with educators in the Austin area and demonstrate to them how math can be approachable and fun. Some even said they’d leave their personalized puzzles at their

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

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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 – Pioneer Farms

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Stick Stock (Surveyors in Texas before Annexation to the U.S.), ca. 1845, oil on canvas, 14in. x 17 in. framed, Lent by Larry Sheerin, L.2012.2.3   MathHappens is sharing ways that a mathematical device, the survey Chain measurement system invented by Edmund Gunter in the 1600s impacted Texas history as we transitioned- only sort of — from the Mexican Vara

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – Texas Medical Association

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Mathematical Origami has applications in Medicine as well as space travel, fashion, and more.  We made Chompers today along with other mathematical origami structures including simple spirals and the Miuri Ora Map fold.  Photo Gallery coming! Resources and Info Several of our files for the 110 cardstock, laser etched designs we gave out on Museum Day are found here in

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – LBJ Wildflower Center

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Photo Gallery coming soon.  The Wildflower center is making giant bubbles for Museum Day, and when bubbles collide we get Voronoi Diagrams.  So we made an encore appearance with our microscope and dragonfly wing, pictures of giraffes, mud, turtle shells.  Participants will trace out the structure and then use that tracing to make a colorful faux stained glass art piece.