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.

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – Neill-Cochran House

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Huge thank you to Neill-Cochran House for hosting MathHappens for another great Austin Museum Day.  Cupcakes, Square Root Spiral hand fans, pythagorean theorem, penrose step, chess, checkers, tic tac toe, this stop has it all!  Photo Gallery coming soon! Articles / Resources Making a square root spiral in paper or on paper can be fun.  Here’s a blog post that

MathHappens @ Austin Museum Day – ANSC

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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,  

Blank Fractals + Vallejo Library kids = mathematical creativity!

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Library, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

We cropped out two more kiddos, but this one in the middle who is too busy working to lookup for photo kind of says it all.  What a great note as well.  Libraries are a wonderful place to play with some math. Greetings to you both, I hope you’re both doing wonderful. This week we’ve been doing art projects with

Take and Make: Mini Unit Circle

Lauren SiegelCollaborations, Fab Lab, Making Math, Mathematical Artifacts, Take and Make, Teacher Support & Training, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

We made a little video of the mini unit circle with Radian piece and it got some interest on our twitter feed.  We tidied up and updated the file as much as possible and made a Corel File in Version 18 and also an SVG Format.  You are welcome to take these files to your school or other makerspace and