MathHappens EOY Party

Lauren SiegelEvents, Intern Experience, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

We invited interns, staff, families, colleagues from UTeach, UT Math,  MakeATX, AISD and from the Austin Musuem world. We had a food buffet upstairs and a math buffet downstairs including things we’ve collected and things we’ve made.  Great conversations and a nice afternoon together.   Thanks to Cliff Hill for coming to show us how throw those knives  right!  Thanks

Visit to the NY City Museum of Modern Art

Lauren SiegelIntern ExperienceLeave a Comment

What a great way to start the new year!   Mengyu Chen, a recent graduate of Vassar College  signed on for our Parker Dewey Internship in December and I’m so glad she did.  She did the intern reading, and spent some time with some calipers and other models.  Then she visited at least two museums.  She combined  her knowledge of

2018 End-of-Semester Party!

Lauren SiegelIntern ExperienceLeave a Comment

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

Educator Night!

Lauren SiegelIntern Experience, Teacher Support & TrainingLeave a Comment

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.

Austin Museum Day Part 5: Austin Nature and Science Center

Lauren SiegelEvents, Nature & Science CenterLeave a Comment

We were enthused about being back at the Austin Nature and Science Center for Austin Museum Day! Activities included visiting the Human Sunclock, which unfortunately was not fully functional due to it being a cloudy day with only brief moments of sunlight. However, that didn’t stop people from going over and still visiting. Other activities were using navigational quadrants and

Austin Museum Partnership Educator Night

Lauren SiegelIntern Experience, MuseumLeave a Comment

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!

Austin Toy Museum Grand Opening

Christopher DanielsonEventsLeave a Comment

What we learned: The Austin Toy Museum is a new museum featuring a collection of action figures, toys and arcade games primarily from the mid 1980s and 1990s. The founders were interested in attracting families and school groups and hope to be a destination for kids of all ages. UTeach intern Michelle Tat spent several hours touring the museum while

Testimonials

Testimonials and InterviewsThis morning was the first time I was able to introduce Vallejo youngsters to the fractals. They loved them! They always enjoy coloring, but were blown away by the idea of using numbers, math, and shapes to create art. I let them imagine, and two little girls teamed up to figure out that they could use various shapes

Informal Education Partnerships

“Including Mathematical ideas can enhance and support your Exhibits and Programs”Informal Education ProgramsOverviewMathHappens provides creative, interesting, and playful mathematics in a variety of settings in partnership with existing organizations and institutions. We highlight the mathematics embedded in history or nature, create spaces for a mathematical playground, and use math engagement to enhance visitors’ experiences. MathHappens Math RoomsA math room is