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

Honored to Receive a MoMath Rosenthal Prize!

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Title:  Engagement with Ratio and Proportion:  Building a tool to deepen understanding.  The full, final  lesson plan will be available soon here and on the MoMath website. The MoMath Rosenthal Prize is for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching.  I wrote up a lesson on proportional calipers that was selected as the 2021 runner up prize.  The best part is that

Vaccine Strategies: Follow the Math

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A set of simple ideas that highlight business math principles that would speed up our vaccination process.  Here’s a link to a PDF version as well. VACCINE STRATEGIES: FOLLOW THE MATH By Lauren and Philip Siegel A much used saying during the pandemic has been “follow the science”. But when it comes to vaccine distribution we should “follow the math”.

Mathematics in the Community – 2017 Hydration Station

Lauren SiegelCommunity Partnerships, Making Math, Sharing Ideas, Ways to like math, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

How can educator forge better relationships with their community?  This is a great example of reaching out to the community, providing useful information and showing how some calculations can be important in our day to day life.  In fall 2017 Amy Gross decorated a table, created a display of information, shared her hydration tracking system and samples of fruit infused

MathHappens in Nature

Josephine ShengCommunity Partnerships, Events, Intern Experience, Making Math, Nature & Science Center, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

We have officially launched our new weekly program at the Austin Nature and Science Center! This program will go from 10am-2pm every Saturday so checkout our Facebook for more information. The room will have rotating puzzles and activities, a shelf full of books for various ages, and something you can make and take home with you! Don’t miss out because

Mini Unit Circle Twitter Storm!

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I sent a mini unit circle to Dr. Alex Kontorovich, and he posted a short video.  Previously I posted a video on this and Ralph Pantozzi retweeted and we got 10,000 views till I accidentally deleted the post. This time Dr. Kontorvich’s followers really grabbed it and it went around the globe and in less than 3 days had over

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- 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,  

The Teacher Laser Training Experience

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Something we’ve been enjoying since the summer is introducing teachers to laser cutters. Teachers are always being creative when making lesson plans so teaching them how to use a laser cutter gives them another resource to use in their creative endeavors. At the end of June, Abdulkarim presented to math teachers at the Math Teachers’ Circle of Austin. He invited