Spring 2020 Newsletter

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming events, general information, and more

MathHappens in Nature

We are excited to announce the start of a new program in partnership with the Austin Nature and Science Center. This new weekly program will be every Saturday from 10am-2pm. Check out our Facebook page for more event information.

 

Hot Science Cool Talks

Come check out MathHappens at UT Austin’s Hot Science Cool Talks (Dates listed below). Last time we attended, we had the opportunity to showcase our new mathematical origami activities. This time around we are going to be talking about Pull-string 3D shapes. Check out this link for a demo of what these are.

Dates: 2/28, 4/3, 5/1 

Women in STEAM

There are so many amazing women in STEAM, but their work goes under the radar sometimes. At the Thinkery’s Women in STEAM night on March 4, we will be sharing stories about some discoveries made by women in math. 

Make some string art, learn about some of the leading discoveries made by women, and check out the exhibit at the Thinkery.

Field Trips

Working with schools and museums to create math field trips is one of our goals. If you are interested in planning a field trip for your school, reach out to Alex Morrison, our field trip coordinator and also to your child’s school about planning a field trip with MathHappens!

 

History

The MathHappens team have been diving into the archives of Texas History to explore the untold story of early land surveying and cross-cultural concepts of units of measurement.  Whether early Texans thought they owned leagues and labors or acres of land, what they all had in common was the need to measure their property as accurately as they could with the tools they had available.  Elizabeth Lay has been leading the investigation and MathHappens is proud to be partnering with Pioneer Farms, the Neill-Cochran House, and more great museums to provide hands-on surveying learning experiences.  Contact us for partnership and exploration opportunities!

At MathHappens, we make all of our materials using wood and a laser cutter. We use CorelDRAW to create our designs which is  able to communicate with the laser to cut out our models. If you’re interested in learning how to use these softwares, MakeATX, a local laser cutting studio is a great location to check out. 

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