Take and Make: Scott Kim Block by Block Jr.

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Whether in 1″ Maple, or 1/2″ pine, or 5″ cardboard, this block set known as Block by Block Jr. designed  by puzzle designer Scott Kim has multiple uses and offers a variety of ways to practice spacial skills, problem solving and just have fun together.   We highly recommend this activity for all ages.   We ordered 1000 block from a

Take and Make: Linkages Pop-up Card

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Its a Day of the Dead Celebration at SE Branch Library!  Kids were able to decorate and color a moveable candle.  Staffers Mason Chng and Stefany Espinoza were joined by Jackie Salazar and Branch Manager Irene Magana-Noverola at the SE Branch Library.  Video of the card moving. We cut the cardstock with the laser – a first for us and

Take and Make:Frames for 21st Century Pattern Blocks at Asmbly Makerspace in Austin TX

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Meet Art Zamora and Johnnie Perales, new partners who will be making 20 sets of frames for 21st Century Pattern Blocks. The blocks and the frames along with other math activities will be going to clubhouses for children who are residents in 18 low income housing complexes across Texas.  Sets of pattern blocks and frames will also go to 4

Take and Make: Tabletop Optical Illusions and Perspective Playground

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We found an instructable on making chalk art patterns in CorelDraw.  But guess what? — you can use this technique to poster print all kinds of fun 3d designs.  The instructable is here.   Its pretty cool! We sent a logo perspective box, aReuleux car and some conic section models to the NWMath Conference. PDFs can be printed in various sizes.  “Chalk”

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day!

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Here’s a link to an interview I did this morning with CBS Austin’s Trevor Scott.  MathHappens Foundation is an active participant in the Austin museum community.  We have learned a lot in eight years of collaborations about the way museums approach storytelling, sharing knowledge and ideas with an intent to spark interest and start conversations.  

More Collaborations: Madam Math Circle, Math Clubs and the Almaden Public Library

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Madam Math Circle is cofounded by Sheryl Hsu who completed a really great outreach project for the Alamden Quicksilver Mining Museum early this summer.  Sheryl has since requested some table materials and has take them to some local math circles with her colleagues at Madam Math which she cofounded.   The next stop will be the Almaden Public Library this

Event Report: Summer Intern Riley Hendricks’ Activity Table at Explora New Mexico

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Riley is participating in the MathHappens Foundation 2022 remote internship program.  Internships are posted with Parker Dewey where students from all over the United States can access a range of micro-internships.  Our remote internship program (Program Sequence here) includes a maker kit, making several MathHappens Projects and completing an outreach assignment.  Work is very independent so initiative, persistence and adaptation

Math-On-A-Stick, Minnesota State Fair

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For 12 days every fall well over a hundred thousand people a day have the opportunity to visit a wonderful mathematical playground along with eating corndogs, fresh apples and snow cones.  Math-On-A-Stick is created by Christopher Danielson of Talk Math with Your Kids, and is supported by numerous donors, volunteers visiting mathematicians and artists.  As a visiting mathematician we had

Maker Math for Educators–Article Published!

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Congratulations to Jason Harron, professor at Kennesaw State University and colleagues for publishing a paper based on an inservice teacher workshop called Maker Math: Exploring Mathematics through Digitally Fabricated Tools with K–12 In-Service Teachers. MathHappens Foundation provided many but not all of the models used in the workshop and discussed in the article and we really appreciate the author credit.  Jason is