Mission & History

MathHappens Foundation is dedicated to promoting the joy and value of mathematics in people's lives. Our mission is to inspire and empower individuals to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of mathematics through engaging and interactive experiences. We strive to create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the beauty and relevance of mathematics in the world around them. Through innovative programs, exhibits, and events, we foster curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, helping to cultivate a more mathematically literate society. At MathHappens, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to experience the wonder of mathematics and that it can enrich lives in meaningful and unexpected ways.
A s of 2023, we have two locations in Texas, one in New Mexico and one in Minnesota. The Austin Nature and Science Center and the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in Austin, and Explora! Museum in Albuquerque and The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota where the public can go in person, to find hands-on, engaging math models and learning experiences. We have been bringing these kinds of materials to events and programs hosted by informal education institutions since 2014. Our materials can also be used at math festivals, and in maker spaces, libraries, museums and public venues of all kinds. We incorporate history, culture and community into our field trip programs and we use digital technology like laser cutters to make models, displays and activities that not only teach the math, but inspire and empower participants to design and make their own learning materials. We are interested in collaborations to open more permanent learning spaces in more communities, and we support outreach projects by other educators that communicate mathematical ideas, engage diverse learner populations and create more public access through grants, collaborations, and an open exchange of ideas. MathHappens is a fully funded 501(c)3 Operating Foundation.