Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable

Family Fridays is designed to bring families together to enjoy a diverse array of engaging mathematical activities, promoting interest and enthusiasm among kids and adults alike. The activities are designed so that all attendees, regardless of age, can participate on an equal footing.  Thanks to the generous support of Time Warner Cable, this program is free to attendees as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds campaign, so that these enriching experiences will be accessible to as broad an audience as possible.

Next presentation:

“Finding Freaky Fixed Points” June 5 at 6:30 PM
by James Tanton

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 was before stirring!  Let’s have fun playing with clever “ABC triangles” to find these freaky fixed points!

Previous Family Fridays

• 2015 May 1 – Popping Up with Robert Sabuda!
• 2015 April 10 – Math Runes: Art with Functions
• 2015 March 13 – Cat & Mouse Games
• 2015 February 27 – ITSPHUN
• 2015 January 16 – Creature Cuts
• 2014 December 5 – Mathematical Puzzles and the “Tricks” You Need to Solve Them
• 2014 November 7  – Bead Geometry
• 2014 October 10  – Great Balls of Paper!
• 2014 September 12  – Crowdsourcing Origami
• 2014 August 22 – FlexiFun: A Night of Creative Construction

• 2014 July 11 – Curb Summer Learning Loss with Chocolate
• 2014 June 13 – How Not to Be Wrong

• 2014 May 2 – The X’s and O’s of Tic-Tac-Toe
• 2014 April 11 – Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards
• 2014 March 14 – MoMath’s Pi Day Celebration
• 2014 February 7 – Scrabble with Friends: Strategies and Skills from the Pro
• 2014 January 24 – Love and Math
• 2013 December 13 – An Enigmatic Evening
• 2013 November 1 – The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
• 2013 October 25 – Thinking Caps
• 2013 September 27 – The Secret Life of Squares
• 2013 August 23 – Elastegrities: How to Make Them! (And What They Are)
• 2013 July 19 – Folding in Geometry
• 2013 June 28 – Filling the Grid: Scrabble Strategies and Stories from the Pro
• 2013 May 24 – Piano Puzzler Proofs
• 2013 April 26 – Crackers, Oranges, and Pringles
• 2013 March 15 – Can You KenKen?
• 2013 February 10 – Family Fun Workshop Feb 2013