[MoMath] 2014 Feb-Mar Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

The cold days of winter are upon us, but things are heating up at MoMath. With programs for students, seniors, and toddlers, a March Madness event, and even a new adult-only night, there's something for everyone at MoMath!

PolyPals:  Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for afternoon fun!
Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 12
PolyPals, MoMath's program for pre-K children, has taken off in 2014.  Meeting every Tuesday for four weeks, 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 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. It's not too late to sign up: registration is $20 per meeting.  For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org. Registration for new sessions will open soon.


Expansions:  MoMath’s new program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 12 (HS students)
Thursday afternoons, Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 (K-8, separated by level)

January saw 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.

Expansions offers sessions at five levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age; entry is by application only. It's not too late to sign up: tuition is $70 per session.  For more information, or to request an application, email expansions@momath.org. Registration for new sessions will open soon.

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.

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.

MoMath Masters
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. For more information and to register, visit masters.momath.org.

Math Encounters:  Modeling the Melt
Wednesday, March 5, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
The precipitous loss of Arctic sea ice has far outpaced expert predictions. Come along with Ken Golden, the Indiana Jones of mathematics, as he explores the mathematical underpinnings of this mystery and takes us (via video) on an Antarctic expedition.
  For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org

2014 MoMathlon:  Middle School Math Tournaments
Bronx, Manhattan, Suffolk County, Westchester, and Queens, various dates, March 2014
Every March, the National Museum of Mathematics sponsors middle school math tournaments across NYC, culminating in a thrilling tournament of champions held at MoMath itself. These unique tournaments allow budding mathematicians to experience the same special treatment that student athletes receive from their supporters: challenges, teamwork, refreshments, souvenirs, trophies, and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond. Registration is currently open for MoMathlon events in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Suffolk County, and Westchester—please refer to momathlon.momath.org for registration and respective dates. Limited scholarships are available. 

March (Mo)Mathness!
Thursday, March 13, 7:30pm
Ever dreamed of being a billionaire? Get ready for 2014 March Madness! Warren Buffett is offering $1 billion for a perfect bracket in this year's men's NCAA Division I basketball tournament, and MoMath is here to help. Join Davidson College's Dr. Tim Chartier at a bracketology workshop designed to get you ready to play. Using computer codes Dr. Chartier and his students have developed, you can hone your mathematical modeling decisions in time for selection Sunday. Only at MoMath can you gain access to these unique codes that have beaten as many as 99.9 percent of competitors in ESPN's bracket challenge, and learn how to make the mathematical decisions that will personalize your bracket. Are you ready to play for the billion?! Register now at marchmathness.momath.org for special preview pricing of $50; limited seats available at this price. 

Family Friday:  MoMath’s Pi Day Celebration
Friday, March 14, 6:00 pm
Celebrate Pi Day at MoMath! Join us on March 14 (that’s 3.14) to celebrate Pi Day, featuring KenKen® inventor Tetsuya Miyamoto and Presidential Teaching Award recipient Dave Masunaga. MoMath’s commemoration of this annual event is dedicated to enjoying the beauty of mathematics and fostering creativity in the expression of mathematical ideas. Space is limited, so be sure to register early. For further information and to register, visit piday.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath
Thursday, March 27, 7:00pm
MoMath is pleased to announce its first adult-only evening! Come enjoy a drink, interact with the more than 30 engaging and intriguing exhibits, and meet other members of New York's math-chic community. 21+ (ID required). Details and registration at unbounded.momath.org.

Sunday, April 6, 2:00pm
Come play inside the strange and unexpected world of math in art! Internationally known comics artist Marek Bennett will teach children mathematical patterns and tricks to create original mini-comics. No comics experience necessary—if you can draw a circle, two points, and a line segment, you've got yourself an original character! All supplies provided. Families welcome but space is limited, so register at mathematicomics.momath.org soon!

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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.


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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.

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