[MoMath] 2014 May-Jun Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

The upcoming weeks bring something for everyone at MoMath. Families will love Yale math professor Nathan Kaplan and his new twist on Tic-Tac-Toe; students through adults will enjoy Tadashi Tokieda's amazing observations about everyday objects; and mathematics professionals are encouraged to come hear what Ron Graham has to say about computers and math. Plus, don't miss the exciting opening of Composite, the gallery at MoMath, featuring the unusual and beautiful works of Ryan and Trevor Oakes. Finally, if you haven't been to MoMath recently, it's time check out Motionscape, Rhythms of Life, and Edge FX, three exhibits you may not have seen before.

Note to teachers:  It's not too late to apply to win $25,000 — visit rosenthalprize.momath.org for your chance to win!
And to parents:  There are just a few day's remaining to take advantage of April's discount on summer camp.  Visit transformations.momath.org to lock in summer savings.

MoMath at a Glance  
April 26/27 [Washington DC] USA Science and Engineering Festival
April 28 Rosenthal Prize workshop
May 2 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: ”The X’s and O’s of Tic-Tac-Toe”
May 4 MoMath Winton Power Series: Computers and Mathematics
 May 7 Math Encounters: Toy Models
May 10 Composite: the Gallery at MoMath — Grand Opening
May 17 Madison Square Park Spring Kids Fest 2014
Jun 4 Math Encounters: Change of Perspective
June 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “How Not to Be Wrong”
Tuesdays PolyPals toddler program
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions for gifted students
Summer 2014 Transformations summer camp


USA Science and Engineering Festival
Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 in Washington, DC

Join MoMath at one of the largest STEM gatherings in the country:  the USA Science and Engineering Festival, in Washington DC.  Explore the new and colorful Multi-Morphing Megaplex, and help us build a giant mathematical structure celebrating the fun and creative side of mathematics. Also, don't miss MoMath's engaging panel discussion with Paul DePodesta and Mike Aponte, who used math to gain an edge in baseball and in blackjack. For more information, visit the Multi-Morphing Megaplex and Pack a Punch with Numbers.

Rosenthal Prize workshop
Monday, April 28, 4:30 pm
The annual Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching recognizes and promotes hands-on math teaching in the upper elementary and middle school classrooms by awarding $25,000 for an innovative math activity, and by sharing the winning lesson with educators throughout the country. At the application workshop, experienced judges will share their observations and feedback from past contests, and will answer questions from current applicants. Light refreshments will be provided. Online streaming will be available for those who cannot attend in person. Register for in-person or virtual attendance online. Please share this information with the talented math teachers in your life!

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable:  ”The X’s and O’s of Tic-Tac-Toe” [ages 9 and up]
Friday, May 2, 6:30 pm
Everyone remembers the game Tic-Tac-Toe, but odds are you don’t play it much anymore.  There’s a good reason for this — most of us learned back in elementary school that the game is bound to end in a draw. But who said we had to be restricted to a single 3×3?! Join Yale professor Nathan Kaplan as he shows us that there is plenty more to learn about Tic-Tac-Toe.  Together we'll explore interesting strategies and investigate fascinating unsolved problems.  Who knew Tic-Tac-Toe could be this much fun?!  Bring your strategic ‘A-game,’ and you’ll have the chance to become the Family Fridays Tic-Tac-Toe grand champion. 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.

MoMath Winton Power Series: Computers and Mathematics: Problems and Prospects
Sunday, May 4, 5:30 pm
There is no question that the recent advent of the modern computer has had a dramatic impact on what mathematicians do and on how they do it. However, there is increasing evidence that many apparently simple problems may be forever beyond any conceivable computer attack. Join mathematician Ron Graham as he describes for a mathematically sophisticated audience the roles computers have played, may have played, or will probably never play in solving a variety of mathematical problems. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for discussion over bite-sized desserts. For more information and to register, visit powerseries.momath.org.

Math EncountersToy Models: Extracting Mathematical Surprises from Everyday Life 
Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
Rediscover the world through the eyes of a child as Tadashi Tokieda shares his “toys,” showing how everyday objects can reveal intriguing behaviors that set physicists and mathematicians thinking for days. For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.

Madison Square Park Spring Kids Fest 2014
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
MoMath is proud to join its neighbors for the Madison Square Park Spring Kids Fest 2014. Join MoMath educators for hands-on math creations among all the arts, crafts, live performances, games, and food, available free, right on MoMath's doorstep in Madison Square Park. It's a day of outdoor fun not to be missed!

Math EncountersChange of Perspective: How Math Helps Us See the World Differently
Wednesday, June 4, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
Being able to look at something in more than one way is crucial throughout all of mathematics, but this fact is often overlooked. Learn to view the world differently with mathematician Michael Orrison, who will demonstrate how mathematics can easily be used to teach us about the powerful effect a change of perspective can have on our everyday lives. For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable:  ”How Not to Be Wrong” [ages 12 and up]
Friday, June 13, 6:30 pm
From 2005 to 2011, a team of MIT students won $3.5 million from the Massachusetts Lottery by exploiting a quirk in the rules. Join Jordan Ellenberg, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as he explains how they did it, how you could have done it too, and what it all has to do with expected value, information theory, and projective geometry. Ellenberg has written on mathematical topics for Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications, and has lectured on his research in number theory around the world. His new book, How Not To Be Wrong, from which the lottery story is taken, explores some of the many ways math appears in everyday life: math is one of the fundamental ways of making sense of the world, an atomic-powered prosthesis you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength. 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.

MoMath announces the grand opening of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath
Compounding Visions, the work of Ryan and Trevor Oakes
Saturday, May 10

The National Museum of Mathematics is delighted to be holding the grand opening of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath, this May. The inaugural show, Compounding Visions, will feature the work of 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.  The show Compounding Visions will explore the artistic and mathematical implications of their work, and the connections between the two. 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 festive opening to the newest gallery in central Manhattan.

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 new program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Tuesday afternoons, starting Apr 8 (HS students)
Thursday afternoons, starting Apr 10 (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 sessions starting July 7

**Limited time only: 10% discount on all registrations completed from April 1 through April 30!**

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.


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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.

We hope to see you at MoMath!


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