Venn Pirouettes, the Art of Michael Schultheis
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Michael Schultheis paints and sculpts using math equations as models for stories about human relationships: limaçon curves that have interior and exterior loops are used to represent a person’s interior and exterior, while Venn diagrams demonstrate the way in which humans overlap in their relationships with one another. His work explores the many intersections between mathematics and art. Learn more at venn.momath.org.
MoMath’s popular MoMathlon middle school math tournaments are back!
Starting Monday, March 2 through March 9, 8:30 am
Every spring, MoMath provides students the opportunity to compete in unique middle school math tournaments. Budding mathematicians can experience the excitement of competition, teamwork, challenge, and prizes, making friends and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond. For dates and locations of regional tournaments, and to register, visit momathlon.momath.org.
Transformations 2020, the summer camp at MoMath
Students will experience the richness of mathematics in America’s only museum dedicated to math. Through full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and creative projects, math will come alive for each and every participant. Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.
The Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication — deadline approaching!
Application deadline: April 22, 2020
Cash prizes to high school students for the most compelling math communication projects! Your project may be video, audio, images, or written communication that shares your love of math and spreads its universality. This competition is open to high school students anywhere in the world who are age 15 to 18, as of September 1, 2019. The application period closes on April 22, 2020. To learn more and submit an entry, visit strogatzprize.momath.org.
Expansions: An engaging program for gifted math students
Afternoons through May
Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program. Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in 1st through 12th grade, Expansions hands-on lessons 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 several levels; admission is by application only. To learn more, visit expansions.momath.org. MoMath is currently accepting applications for limited spots in the spring 2020 semester.
Expansions has expanded to include grades 9-12, with sessions taught by International Math Olympiad participant and trainer Paul Zeitz. Paul is the co-founder and Board Chairman of Proof School, co-founder of the San Francisco Math Circle, co-founder of the Bay Area Math Olympiad, and author of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving. Click here to learn more and to apply for the Icosahedron program.
MathPlay, MoMath’s program for preschoolers
April through June
4- and 5-year-olds: Tuesdays or Thursdays
Led by an experienced preschool specialist, the Museum’s newest program for preschoolers offers children the opportunity to play well-developed games that help broaden math skills, improve problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor coordination, and enhance communication and social skills. Recent studies have shown that a child’s math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades. MathPlay will engage your preschoolers in playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation in math, enriching their day with mathematical inspiration. Free Museum admission is included with registration; a caregiver must be present during each 30-minute session. Learn more and register at mathplay.momath.org.
- MoMath is delighted to offer free trial sessions (registration required) for MathPlay:
- Thursday, March 26: 9:30 am for 3-year-olds and 4:00 pm for 4- and 5-year-olds;
- Tuesday, March 31: 4:30 pm for 4- and 5-year-olds
The 2020 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching
Application deadline: May 15, 2020
Submit your most creative math lesson today! MoMath is seeking an exceptional math activity to share with math teachers around the world. The winning activity will be innovative, engaging, hands-on, original, replicable, and designed for students in grades four through eight; however, you do not need to be a middle school teacher to apply. Math educators everywhere are eligible to apply. 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 and inspirational activities. The application period closes on May 15, 2020. To learn more and submit an entry, visit rosenthalprize.momath.org.
Extensions: bring MoMath to your school!
School days throughout the 2019–2020 academic year
MoMath’s Extensions is an hour-long program, presented in a math class or in a school auditorium, that exposes students to new ways of thinking about mathematics. Students will discover that math is both an art and an exploratory science by engaging with puzzles, games, investigations, and physical activities. Extensions is offered to middle schools and high schools during the 2019–2020 school year. Learn more and request a presentation at extensions.momath.org.
Summations, MoMath’s homeschool program, now offers guided Museum exploration.
Join mathematician Paul Zeitz for a focused tour of the Museum, where the goal is to use selected exhibits to really learn about the mathematics behind them. Yes, there will be homework! Weekday afternoon tours can be fit to audiences starting at the middle-school level. Classroom educator sessions are also available. Learn more and arrange a visit at summations.momath.org.
Special combination field trip tickets for MoMath and SPYSCAPE
This spring, MoMath is partnering with SPYSCAPE, the museum of spycraft, to bring your class a limited-time opportunity to visit both museums for a discounted rate. Excite your students with the intrigue of cryptography at MoMath, then learn about some real-life stories while solving logic puzzles and other challenges at SPYSCAPE. For more information, visit spyscape.momath.org.