Saturdays with MathHappens @ Austin Nature and Science Center

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Nature & Science Center, Parks & Recreation, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

MathHappens is excited to announce that there will be math at the Austin Nature and Science Center every Saturday for Summer 2019 from 10 am to 2pm in the Visitor Center! Favorite Quote:  “Kids, if you don’t finish at the math table soon you are going to miss out on the water park.”  

Comments on conference sessions and field trips.

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We have been presenting at conferences, providing programming for math field trips, sending out math materials and collaborating with museums! I can’t thank you enough for the items you made for me through MathHappens. If you are still making items I have a big list. I have several in-service teachers willing to write grants to get classroom sets if you

Dr. Jennifer Mann Austin checked into MakeATX to laser cut some wood!

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Dr. Jennifer Mann Austin came by the MakeATX laser shop today.  She’s already taken laser basics training class and is making some models for her University of Texas M302 math class for liberal arts majors and other non-math majors.  There’s a super cool Pythagorean Puzzle and she’s cutting some Golden Ratio Calipers and a few other goodies.

Austin Maker Faire 2017

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We got to talk with makers and math enthusiasts of all types, ages and interests.  Our showcase includes math made with 3d printers, epilog lasers, an iPad app, leather, and plain old paper.  Its fun to see it all together.  Our table included several kinds of calipers and golden ratio examples, Lewis Carroll exhibit activities, La Belle 1600s navigation tools, and the

Crafting Conic Sections with MTCA – Dec. 2 Math Teacher’s Circle of Austin

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Teachers enjoy models and making and they take that enthusiasm and activity back to their students.  Hosted by Professor Jennifer Austin of University of Texas at Austin, this was a particularly fun meeting.  We discussed how we make these models – see MAA Horizon Do the Math Article , tried using paper templates and slicing into playdoh.  See Take and

2020 Real Places Conference!

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  Elizabeth Lay, our math in history expert anchored our exhibit table and Claire Steffens, Director of Experience for Pioneer Farms co-presented with MathHappens Foundation Director Lauren Siegel.  Go Team!  We had a great time. Some links and information: We learned to use laser cutters at Austins own laser coop:  MakeATX For a short and informative  explanation of Golden Calipers

Resource List for Museum Next

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Options for Adding Mathematics connections: Labels on exhibits * Live demonstrations* Make and Take activities  * Field Trip programs *  Family  Activity Area ideas   * sculptures and installations. Resource List for Web and in person Mathematics  Web and in person:  Some organizations who work with museums and in public arenas to provide Mathematics Performances, Events and Experiences. Email addresses will

New audience. Old artifacts.

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If you are a fan of museums, then you have seen something like this object before… probably dozens of times.  This impressive artifact is a nocturnal from La Belle and it can be used to tell time at night by the positions of the stars. As historic artifacts and symbols of exploration and discovery, navigation tools like this one spark