Upcoming Events at MoMath

Cross Product: MoMath’s 3D printing introductory workshops
Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Were you intrigued by MoMath’s recent Math Encounters presentation on 3D printing?  Do you want to learn to make your own 3D prints?  Now, you can!  This two-hour introductory-level session will provide instruction for creating a 3D-printed design, as well as the opportunity to print your own 3D model.  Attendees will participate in groups of one to three people.  Each group will share one computer and share in the creation of one design.  The session will introduce participants to interactive 3D modeling software, to sending a design to a 3D printer, and to the 3D printing process.  If you can’t make it to an open session, join the waitlist to ensure that more classes will be created.  For more information and to register, visit 3D.momath.org.  Special thanks to MakerBot for its help in making these sessions possible.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Crowdsourcing Origami”
Friday, September 12, 6:30 pm

Business cards help us make personal connections, but how about making geometric connections?  Join MIT-trained software engineer Dr. Jeannine Mosely as she shows us her novel method of linking traditional business card cubes to create gigantic origami sculptures.  Dr. Mosely’s crowdsourced constructions have spanned from the west coast to the east, and include a model of Worcester’s Union Station made from over 60,000 cards!  Come learn how it’s done, and explore the endless possibilities for combining cubes into more intricate structures.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

Maker Faire: MoMath’s Tensegrity Maxed Out
September 20 and 21
Saturday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Note that this program takes place at the New York Hall of Science in Queens

MoMath is back at Maker Faire! Join MoMath in creating amazing human-scale geometric structures that take on three-dimensional forms through a combination of tension and compression. Learn how these freestanding constructions work and try making your own prototype; you may even be able to make a full-size version of your design out of PVC pipe and bungee cords!

Math Encounters: “Peeling the World” with David Swart
Wednesday, October 1, at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The world is filled with spherical imagery: patterns on soccer balls, panoramic photos, and even the globe itself. How can the curved surface of a sphere be flattened to fit on the planes (paper, computer screens) we use every day? What distortions do cartographers introduce when they flatten the globe, and is there a better way to represent the earth on which we live? Mathematician David Swart expertly transitions between these two types of geometry, bringing us all along as we both flatten spheres and reconstitute the round from the flat.  For more information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.

MoMath Winton Power Series: “Primes and Equations” with Richard Taylor
Sunday, October 5, 5:30 pm

For over 50 years, one of the most vibrant areas of mathematical research has been the Langlands Program, which posits a remarkable connection between the study of algebraic equations and the study of symmetries of certain non-Euclidean spaces.  Richard Taylor, one of the inaugural winners of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, will give a flavor of the Langlands Program in relatively concrete terms: namely, predictions about the number of solutions to polynomial congruences.  Taylor will motivate and illustrate the talk with applications to Diophantine equations.  Note that the Breakthrough Prize has recently become the most substantial prize in all of mathematics; don’t miss this chance to hear from one of only five winners in the world.  Register at powerseries.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Great Balls of Paper!”
Friday, October 10, 6:30 pm

It’s time to get your hands dirty, digging into geometry.  Starting with simple paper units that can hook together, one can create a bewildering variety of different shapes and forms.  As we construct and explore, we will find that some things just don’t work — and we may miss something beautiful.  How can we gain some control over our exploration?  The power of math, of course!  Join mathematician Edmund Harriss and play with paper models as we start to investigate some of this mathematics, ranging from properties that have been known for over 2,000 years to more recent discoveries about four-dimensional space.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

Chaos Ball: the 2014 MoMath Gala
Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath under the arches of the 59th Street Bridge for a celebration of the contributions of Alan Alda and Steve Strogatz to the public understanding and appreciation of mathematics. The evening will feature a conversation with the honorees and an entertaining look at the study of chaos — a focus of Professor Strogatz’s research — as well as plenty of good food, drink, and conviviality. Seating is limited; register now at gala.momath.org.

Celebration of Mind, in honor of Martin Gardner
Saturday, October 25, all day

Celebrate Martin Gardner with math, magic, puzzles, and fun, all day at MoMath, free with admission. Included in the festivities: join people from 20 sites all over the world to help create the world’s largest Menger Sponge made out of business cards!

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Tuesday afternoons (Ages 2 – 4)

PolyPals, MoMath’s program for pre-K children, has taken off in 2014.  Meeting every Tuesday, PolyPals offers our littlest potential mathematicians the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them.  Led by MoMath’s skilled educational staff, toddlers and pre-schoolers participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week.  Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more — PolyPals is a great way to enrich your child’s day with mathematical inspiration.  Polypals may be purchased as individual meetings or in blocks of four at a discount.  For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.

Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Tuesday afternoons (HS students)
Thursday afternoons (K-8, separated by level)

2014 brought the launch of MoMath’s after-school gifted program, Expansions.  Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to challenge and inspire students, and broaden their mathematical horizons.  With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon sessions provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum.  Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.

Expansions offers sessions at five levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age; entry is by application only.  Expansions may be purchased as individual sessions or in blocks of four at a discount.  For more information and to apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

Events, Birthday Parties, and More

Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over two dozen engaging exhibits?  Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry, amongst all the activity there is plenty of space for gala-worthy dinners, over the top birthday bashes, and mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  For more information, contact events@momath.org.