Upcoming Events at MoMath

Don’t miss the opening show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath
Compounding Visions, the work of Ryan and Trevor Oakes
Through September 14

The National Museum of Mathematics is delighted to host the inaugural show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath, through September 14. The show, Compounding Visions, features the work of artists and master draftsmen Ryan and Trevor Oakes. The artists, twin brothers, have built their career upon their mutual fascination with vision, light, space, and depth. The tools they use include a concave metal easel and paper, as well as a head cap which allows them to draw a perfect perspective image on the interior of a sphere. Compounding Visions explores the artistic and mathematical implications of their work, and the connections between the two. Admission is free with Museum admission. Please spread the word and help MoMath use Composite as a link between the worlds of math and art. In the upcoming months, Composite will be home to a stunning series of temporary exhibitions, including a bronze sculptor with a puzzling bent, an artist who plays with light in new and innovative ways, and the latest in electronic and interactive art. Don’t miss the exciting opening show to the newest gallery in central Manhattan. Read more: The Huffington Post, Identical Twins Combine Art and Math in Hypnotic Exhibition (May 29).

Math Encounters:
“Naked Geometry” with Mike Naylor
Wednesday, Aug 6, at 4 and 7 pm

What kind of geometry can we make with our bodies? Using animations, digital pictures, and sculptures, mathematician and award-winning artist Mike Naylor will share his techniques for making cool shapes from human bodies and using them to explore creative mathematical ideas. Frieze patterns, polygons, polyhedra, connected graphs, fractals, and tessellations will be created using only hands, arms, legs, and torsos, allowing everyone to physically become a part of mathematics. Experience the beauty of the human form, the beauty of geometric structures, and the beauty of ideas and relationships. For more information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable:
“FlexiFun: A Night of Creative Construction”
Friday, Aug 22, 6:30 pm

Flex your creative muscles with Flexure – the flexible new wonder toy – and construct bouncy, wiggly, suction-y models during an evening of hands-on, play-based learning. Join Richard Elaver, the designer who created this unusual new building toy, in assembling some imaginative structures–everything from molecular models and the Platonic solids to models of puppies and rocket ships. Have fun exploring two-dimensional and three dimensional geometry, and maybe learn a little about the mathematical concepts underlying toy design along the way. Recommended for ages 3-13, but all ages are welcome. 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.

Math Encounters:
“Movie Magic” with Eitan Grinspun
Wednesday, Sep 3, at 4 and 7 pm

Visit a world where mathematics and entertainment intersect: the world of modern computer-based animation. Join mathematician Eitan Grinspun as he takes us on a journey through the intertwined history of mathematics and animation, from early hand drawings to the latest sophisticated renderings of three-dimensional surfaces on two-dimensional screens, and beyond that to the perplexing questions that mathematicians research today to create the animations of tomorrow. For more information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.

Cross Product: MoMath’s 3D Printing Workshop with Laura Taalman
Introductory workshops
Thursday, Sep 4, 7 – 9 pm (sold out); Sunday, Sep 7, 3 – 5 pm (sold out); Thursday, Sep 11, 3 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm (sold out)

Were you intrigued by MoMath’s recent Math Encounters talk on 3D printing, featuring Laura Taalman? 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. For more information and to register, visit 3D.momath.org.

Unbounded adult-only night at MoMath
Saturday, Sep 6, 8:00 – 10:30 pm

Don’t miss September’s Unbounded adult-only night at the Museum, with special demos on the math of bubbles, free refreshments from Neuman’s Kitchen, and appearances from noted mathematicians Jean Taylor and Frank Morgan. Unbounded provides the opportunity to experience MoMath’s unique atmosphere and interactive exhibits in the company of New York’s math-chic community, including the mathematicians and designers behind the Museum. This Unbounded will also include a public celebration of the 70th birthday of prominent mathematician Jean Taylor, whose research advances the understanding of soap bubble clusters and three-dimensional crystals and quasicrystals. Mathematical know-how is not required at Unbounded — fun, adventure, exploration, and play are in store for all who come. For more information and to register, visit unbounded.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable:
“Crowdsourcing Origami”
Friday, Sep 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.

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for afternoon 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.

Transformations Summer Camp
Register now for the summer’s remaining sessions

MoMath is gearing up for a great summer with an exciting day camp! Fourth through eighth graders are invited to experience the richness of mathematics at MoMath, where the exhibits will be augmented with hands-on education sessions, and programs in art, music, and dance. For further information and to register, visit transformations.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.