2018 End-of-Semester Party!

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We had a wonderful, productive Fall 2018 here at MathHappens and we celebrated the end in style! We went to Whole Foods to eat and ice skate! Present were Michelle, Ben, Paola, Josephine, Halle, Rusheel, Abdulkarim, and Lauren. Some big achievements from this fall were: Participating in Austin Museum Day with activities at FIVE different museum locations Going to the

Human Sunclock Looking Good!

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Update:  The Sunclock a fully integrated part of the Austin Nature and Science Center that was featured on this Oct 2020 Tiny Tour hosted by ANSC staff!  The sunclock was installed as a collaboration between MathHappens and the Austin Nature and Science Center in Summer 2017. Exhibits Director Josh Ransom sent some wonderful progress pictures showing the improvements they are

Educator Night!

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This evening we headed to the Thinkery which is hosting an event for educators.  MathHappens interns Paola Garcia, Josephine Sheng and Ben Duong provided information on three field trips that will help teachers help students understand math in context and possibly answer the infamous “so what” question.  In addition we will be making and designing with the Spiral of Theodorus.

Big Week!

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This week is a big week for MathHappens. On Tuesday, we will be presenting a session at the AISD Language Arts & Social Studies Institute.  Our session is titled “Connecting Language Arts and Social Studies with Mathematics.” We’ll be talking about the Vitruvian Men, Gulliver’s Travels, navigation tools, and our field trip offerings, all of which relate to mathematics. We’ll

Upcoming Blog Posts!

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Aside from working on our MathHappens Catalog, we will soon be posting blog entries about our highly successful recent events. These include: the Shadow Puppet Workshop, Maker Faire, MathHappens @ The Bullock, Austin’s first math festival in a history museum, and our navigation field trips with middle and high school students. Below is a sneak peek at some of the pictures from these events. Shadow

Math and The Texas State History Museum

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We are excited to go to the Bullock today to present some of our current ideas and work to math teachers/department chairs. Handout 1 Math Connections to History Exhibits at the Bullock Handout 2 Displays, Artifacts, Books and Models We hope to help however we can to make these field trips and interdisciplinary opportunities a reality for students. Check out our setup

Austin Museum Partnership Educator Night

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We brought a variety of materials and most importantly three of our UTeach Spring Interns to Educator night sponsored by the Austin Museum Partnership, and hosted at the LBJ Library — Fancy. We had some great conversations with teachers and with museum staff about adding math to museum offerings and about opportunities to take Math Field Trips!

Fibonacci Numbers, Calculating The Golden Ratio with Sequences , Measuring with Proportional Calipers

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The PROGRAM GUIDES The Measurement Activities (Mr. Morales/ Mr. Ahrens).  In the planetarium We’ll have the giant calipers, the arm – wrist – hand proportional measurement tool, some pictures of various animals, the Hurricane Sandy Puzzle with its golden spiral, the Golden Ratio Hand Mirrors, and the calipers to give to each student.  Students will also visit the specimen room