[MoMath] 2014 Jan-Feb Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Happy New Year from MoMath! Calling all senior citizenstoddlers and preschoolersgifted students from K through 12… teachers… read below about the programs kicking off in 2014, just for you!

MoMath is OPEN on December 25!

Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

New York's hottest new museum is open on December 25!  Manhattan streets are traffic-free, sidewalks are empty, and holiday shoppers are done for the season—there's no better time to venture to the Flatiron District, just a short walk from Penn Station, to try something fun and exciting. In the spirit of giving, MoMath delivers a seasonal opportunity for both kids and adults to explore mathematics through dozens of colorful, interactive exhibits.  Create your very own math logo, design a unique creation in MoMath's 3-D sculpture studio, and take a spin on square wheels.  All this and more awaits you at MoMath, where you can make celebrating the wonder of math part of a NYC holiday tradition. Plus, the One Hunt is still on — come and search for all of the number ones hidden around MoMath in honor of its first birthday.

MoMath Masters
Preview pricing available now!
Event to be held at Tribeca Rooftop on Tuesday, February 25, 6 pm.
Don't miss out on this fun-filled night of good food, good drink, suspense, excitement, and (of course) math.  From the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging finals, come see why the NY Times compared the Masters to the Super Bowl, describing the finals round as having the "same thrills, tension, [and] quick thinking under pressure…as a true sports event does." Will Shortz joins us again to host this fun-filled evening.  Preview pricing in effect through the end of December.  For more information and to register, visit masters.momath.org.

Math Encounters:  Linear Thinking, from Bracketology to Computer Graphics

Wednesday, 2014 January 8, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm

What’s in a matrix? Enter the world of linear systems as mathematician Dr. Tim Chartier shows how matrices open the door to a diverse array of topics, from creating a March Madness bracket, to analyzing a car’s aerodynamics, to rendering cinematic special effects.  For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.


PolyPals:  Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for afternoon fun!
Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11
Afternoons in 2014 just got exponentially more exciting!  PolyPals, MoMath's program for pre-K children, is taking off in the new year.  Beginning Tuesday, January 21 and meeting every Tuesday for four weeks, PolyPals will offer 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 will 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.  For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.


Expansions:  MoMath’s new program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11 (HS students)
Thursday afternoons, Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 (K-8, separated by level)

January will see 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 will 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.
Beginning the week of January 21, Expansions offers the following four week sessions (differentiated by mathematical experience):

  • Tetrahedron, for those who are comfortable with addition and subtraction.  3:30-4:15, Thursdays.
  • Hexahedron, for those who've conquered multiplying and dividing.  4:15-5:00, Thursdays.
  • Octahedron, for those who commonly find common denominators.  3:30-4:45, Thursdays.
  • Dodecahedron, for those with functional knowledge of functions.  3:30-4:45, Thursdays.
  • Icosahedron, for those who routinely find roots of polynomials.  3:00-4:30, Tuesdays.

Entry is by application only; tuition is $200 per student.  For more information, or to request an application, email expansions@momath.org.

Senior citizen days at MoMath!
Every Monday from January 6 through March 31

MoMath is partnering with SD26 to enliven dreary winter afternoons.  From January through March, every Monday is funday for seniors at MoMath.  Start your afternoon with a special lunch deal at SD26, one of the premiere eateries in the neighborhood, then spend the afternoon engaging your brain with exploration of MoMath’s over thirty innovative exhibits.  Buy one, get one:  buy a MoMath admission ticket and bring a friend in for free!  For further information, email seniors@momath.org.

Transformations Summer Camp Open House

Thursday, January 23, 6:30 pm

Parents, want to learn more about MoMath’s exciting summer camp program? There's no better way to combat summer learning loss in mathematics than MoMath's Transformations day camp for grades 4 through 8.  MoMath's friendly and experienced education staff will keep your kids engaged and entertained with hands-on learning in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, offered in eight independent week-long sessions. Come for a sneak peak at some of the fun in store for MoMath campers this summer.  Please register online for the Open House.


Family Friday: Love and Math book reading and signing

Friday, January 24, 6:30 pm

Renowned mathematician and Berkeley professor Edward Frenkel talks about his critically acclaimed new book Love and Math, revealing a side of math we seldom see, suffused with the beauty and elegance of a work of art. Join us to discover the hidden, almost magical-seeming universe of mathematics.  Love and Math will be available soon at the Additions shop; email additions@momath.org to reserve your copy now.  Please visit familyfriday.momath.org to register for this special Family Friday book discussion. 


Interactive Mathematics:  A professional development day for teachers
Monday, February 3, 8:30 am to 4 pm
The National Museum of Mathematics is offering a one-day professional development workshop for high school math teachers. This full-day workshop will provide teachers with the opportunity to experience and explore original interactive math activities that can be used to supplement their curricula and inspire their students.  During the day, multiple activities will be presented and discussed, in terms of both the mathematical concepts that they teach and reinforce and their connections to the Common Core State Standards.  For further information and to register, visit profdev.momath.org.

Math Encounters:  Patterns and Disorder — How Random Can Random Be?
Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
If a set of numbers is large, does it have to contain any patterns? Just how large does a set need to be, to contain interesting configurations? Do specific sets of integers, such as the primes, contain hidden patterns? Come explore all this and more with mathematician Bryna Kra, as she discusses the difference between structure and randomness.
  For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org

Family Friday:  Scrabble with Friends — Strategies and Skills from the Pro
Friday, February 7, 6:30 pm
Back by popular demand, three-time national champion Joe Edley returns to MoMath for another evening of Scrabble fun.  This time, Joe will teach strategy and word-finding skills through actual game play, one rack at a time.  Don’t forget to bring your Scrabble board!
  For further information and to register, visit scrabble.momath.org.

MoMath at the Intrepid
Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16
Explore MoMath’s popular Math Midway 2 Go exhibit during Kids’ Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, free with general admisson to the Intrepid.

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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? Email events@momath.org for more information.


School group visits for 2014

MoMath has over a dozen great programs for school groups visiting the Museum. From graph coloring to Möbius bands, bring your students to MoMath for a view into the exciting world of mathematics, and see why New York Magazine named MoMath the "Best Kids Museum of 2013." Space is filling fast; visit fieldtrips.momath.org to register for a group visit during the upcoming school year.


Join the MoMath community

Become a member today, and help ensure that MoMath continues to deliver exciting and engaging math programs for all ages. Visit momath.org/join to become a member, and receive unlimited access to MoMath’s innovative exhibits, plus discounts in Additions, the shop at MoMath. Become a premium member and receive early notices and invitations to exclusive MoMath events.


We need your help!

Interested in volunteering on the Museum floor? If you have a love of math, would like to help others enjoy MoMath's interactive suite of exhibits, and are willing to devote two 4-hour shifts each month, please send an email to integrator@momath.org with the subject line "MoMath integrator." Please include a cover letter, current resumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

We hope to see you at MoMath!

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