Upcoming Events at MoMath
Apply for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching
Through Tuesday, May 19
MoMath is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching. Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities. The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their lessons with educators across the country. Learn more about the prize and how to apply at rosenthalprize.momath.org.
Register for MOVES, MoMath’s biennial conference on recreational mathematics
Through Monday, June 1
Registration is now open for MoMath’s 2015 conference on the Math Of Various Entertaining Subjects. This year’s conference is held in honor of three seminal figures in game theory: John Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp, and Richard Guy. Space is limited and we expect that all available slots at the conference will be taken, so don’t wait to register! See more at moves.momath.org.
Register your child for Transformations, MoMath’s summer program
First through eighth graders will experience the richness of mathematics at MoMath’s exciting summer program, where full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and programs in arts, music, and movement will make math come alive for each and every participant. Whether your child is already passionate about mathematics or just starting to explore its wonders, Transformations will expose your child to cool areas of mathematics not covered in school, and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics. Learn more and register for the weekly programs at transformations.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Swarm Math: From wasps and wings to bots and bits” with James McLurkin
Wednesday, May 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Get under the hood of MoMath’s hot new Robot Swarm exhibit with roboticist James McLurkin. From the first naturally occurring distributed algorithms 120 million years ago to the automated exploration and search-and-rescue missions of today, learn how simple rules followed by individuals can result in complex group behaviors, and how tasks like warehouse fulfillment and even building construction can sometimes be handled better by groups of robots than by people! Register at mathencounters.org.
Spacellation at the Geek Street Fair
Thursday, May 28, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Note that this program takes place at Gansevoort Plaza in the Meatpacking District
Hang out with MoMath at the Geek Street Fair, hosted by Google! If you missed Spacellation, the giant collaborative coat hanger construction that debuted during the National Math Festival in DC, now’s your chance to dive in hands-first. Help MoMath turn ordinary household objects into extraordinary mathematical art; if you stick around until 6 pm, you might just get a piece of mathematical artwork to take home with you!
Math Encounters: “Symmetry, Ornaments, and Computers” with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
Wednesday, June 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Repetitive ornamental patterns are an omnipresent part of human culture. Technology can serve as a versatile link between what is drawn (art) and how it repeats (mathematics), allowing one to create, analyze, deform, and animate such ornamental patterns. Can just one finger stroke be used to create exciting pavement structures? Is there a way to involve people from all over the world in the creation of ornamental patterns? Join professor and interactive mathematics expert Jürgen Richter-Gebert, creator of the interactive geometry software Cinderella and the app iOrnament, as he uses live demonstrations and animations to decorate the evening. Register at mathencounters.org.
Teacher Professional Development workshop: Weird Ways to Work With Pi
Thursday, June 4, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Many a mathematical scholar has contemplated the meaning and mystery of the number pi: the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. But who says the concept of pi should apply only to circles? What is pi for a square? What is pi for a right triangle? What interesting non-circular problems can be solved with non-circular pi-values? This professional development workshop will explore and unite all sorts of ideas from the middle school and high school curriculum, develop agile thinking and problem-solving skills, and connect beautifully with content and practices with the Common Core. See more and register at pd.momath.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Finding Freaky Fixed Points”
Friday, June 5, 6:30 pm
When two pieces of paper are stacked one atop the other, each point on the top piece sits directly above its matching point on the bottom piece. Now, crumple the top piece of paper into a ball and throw it back onto the bottom piece. Astoundingly, there is sure to still be at least one point in that top crumpled piece sitting directly above its matching point on the bottom! Or, take two maps of the U.S., one smaller than the other. Toss the small map somewhere onto the large map and you’ll be sure to find one point in the U.S. in exactly the same spot on both maps. And watch out when you stir your morning drink – in an ideal mathematical world, at least one point of liquid is sure to return to exactly the same location where it wasbefore stirring! Let’s have fun playing with clever “ABC triangles” to find these freaky fixed points! 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.
Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — Math of the Rainbow!
Friday, June 12, 7:30 pm
21+ (ID required)
Delve into a whole spectrum of mathematics at the next Unbounded, MoMath’s adult-only night at the Museum! Reflect, refract, and rediscover the rainbow by learning the math behind it. Then, get creative with Julia’s Stars, a colorful, collaborative construction of a giant fractal using rainbow LEDs. This edition of Unbounded will also be held in honor of NYC Pride month! Celebrate the contributions of the LGBT+ community to math and science, all while enjoying good food, good drinks, and good company. 21+ (ID required). One free drink included with admission. Register at unbounded.momath.org.
Coming this spring: New exhibit Beaver Run opens at MoMath!
Get ready for MoMath’s newest permanent exhibit! Truchet tiles, train tracks, and turntables come together to form beaver paths through a constantly shifting forest. Rotate the semi-circular tracks and send the beavers through the forest on a path of your choosing, or try to solve a variety of challenges. No matter how the path changes, the beavers will never meet! Be sure to watch this page for more detail, coming soon.
PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Now on Saturday mornings (Ages 2 – 5)
PolyPals, MoMath’s program for pre-K children, offers our littlest 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 preschoolers 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. Registration for 2015, with new weekend sessions, is now open at 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)
Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s after-school gifted program. 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 to 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. Admission is by application only. For more information and to apply, visit expansions.momath.org.
Create a show at Composite: The Gallery at MoMath
Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show? Send it to MoMath! MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now. Applications are now open: applycomposite.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? New: laser-cutting parties are now available. Send guests home with their own custom laser-cut party favors! For more information, contact email@example.com.