Saturdays with MathHappens at the Austin Nature and Science Center

Lauren SiegelCollaborations, Community Partnerships, Intern Experience, Nature & Science Center, Parks & RecreationLeave a Comment

Visitors today created a butterfly puzzle that can stay at the ANSC.  Each one made a butterfly piece and together they are a tribute to famous mathematician Marjorie Rice’s work on the tessellating pentagon problem.  Its a great way to end our summer series!  See you next summer!

Saturdays with MathHappens at the Austin Nature and Science Center: Golden Ratio

Josephine ShengCommunity Partnerships, Nature & Science Center, We think math is fun!Leave a Comment

To build on the exhibit already in place at the Austin Nature and Science Center, visitors were able to stop by our table and make their own golden ratio calipers. Alongside this activity, guests were given the opportunity to color in their own golden ratio spiral, which could then be made into a necklace. This ratio (1: 1.618…) is present

What is it?!

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Math Happens… just about everywhere. This is a very old hoof gauge that we found on a trip to Sheridan, Wyoming. It looks like good luck and math mixed together. The arm of the hoof gauge moves up and down. The arrow points to the measure. A healthy angle for a horse hoof is approximately 54º. Many experienced farriers know