[MoMath] 2014 Jul-Aug Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Summer is in full swing, and so is MoMath!  Over the next few months we have something to delight all the senses: chocolate for your sense of taste, 3D printing for your sense of sight, flexible construction for your sense of touch, and robots (yes, robots!) for your sense of excitement.  Plus, if you haven't seen the Compounding Visions exhibition at Composite, the Gallery at MoMath, make sure to stop by before the exhibition closes on July 21.

MoMath at a Glance  
July 2 Math Encounters: "Making Mathematics Real" with Laura Taalman
July 11 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Curb Summer Learning Loss with Chocolate"
Sessions starting July 14 Transformations summer camp: it's not too late to register! Tuition assistance available now.
July 15 Summer Swarm! Robot demo with James McLurkin, courtesy of the Siegel Family Endowment
July 18-20 MoMath's Math Midway 2 Go at the Intrepid Museum's Space & Science Festival
Through July 21 Composite: the Gallery at MoMath presents Compounding Visions
August 6 Math Encounters: "Naked Geometry" with Mike Naylor
August 22 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "FlexiFun: A Night of Creative Construction"
Every Tuesday PolyPals toddler program, mornings July-August
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions for gifted students

Don't miss the opening show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath
Compounding Visions, the work of Ryan and Trevor Oakes
Through July 21

The National Museum of Mathematics is delighted to host the inaugural show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath, through July 21.  The show, Compounding Visions, features the work of artists and master draftsmen 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.  Compounding Visions explores the artistic and mathematical implications of their work, and the connections between the two.  Admission is free with Museum admission.  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 first show of the newest gallery in central Manhattan.  Read more: The Huffington Post, Identical Twins Combine Art and Math in Hypnotic Exhibition (May 29).

Math Encounters: “Making Mathematics Real,” with Laura Taalman
Wednesday, July 2, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
 (Wait list only for 7:00 pm.)
Step into the world of 3D printing with mathematician Laura Taalman, as she demonstrates how modern technology can be used to turn abstract mathematical concepts into physical realities.  Whether being used to explore and investigate new math ideas or simply to create beauty, 3D printing breathes life into mathematics.  A 3D print demo will accompany this talk, and everyone will go home with a 3D printed mathematical model!  See mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Curb Summer Learning Loss with Chocolate"
Friday, July 11, 6:30 pm

Come take a bite out of summer learning loss and engage in chocolate-y math!  Join Professor Tim Chartier, author of Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing as he helps us make a mosaic, estimate the value of pi, and even easily perform some calculus.  All you need is a handful of M&M's and some tips that get you mathematically ready for MOre MATH in this summer!  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.

Transformations Summer Camp
Register now for sessions starting July 14

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 and music.  Some scholarships available.  For further information and to register, visit transformations.momath.org.

Summer Swarm
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 pm

The robots are coming!  Meet MoMath's roboticist-in-residence James McLurkin, enjoy a captivating robot demonstration, and get a sneak peek at MoMath's upcoming and groundbreaking new exhibit, Robot Swarm, coming this winter.  Brought to you through the generous support of the Siegel Family Endowment.  Register at swarm.momath.org.

Math Midway 2 Go at the Intrepid Museum's Space & Science Festival
Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20

10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday/Sunday
Take a trip to the Intrepid Museum's Pier 86 to experience the exploratory, interactive side of math.  Not only can you enjoy a day of sun and fun right on the Hudson River, but you can experience MoMath's popular traveling exhibit, Math Midway 2 Go!  Back by popular demand, this suite of six interactive exhibits is designed to captivate visitors and highlight the wonders of mathematics.  See more details at intrepidmuseum.org/SpaceandScienceFestival.aspx and mathmidway.org/mm2go.

Math Encounters: “Naked Geometry” with Mike Naylor
Wednesday, August 6, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm

What kind of geometry can we make with our bodies?  Using animations, digital pictures, and sculptures, mathematician and award-winning artist Mike Naylor will share his techniques for making cool shapes from human bodies and using them to explore creative mathematical ideas.  Frieze patterns, polygons, polyhedra, connected graphs, fractals, and tessellations will be created using only hands, arms, legs, and torsos, allowing everyone to physically become a part of mathematics.  Experience the beauty of the human form, the beauty of geometric structures, and the beauty of ideas and relationships.  Recommended for ages 12 and up.  See mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “FlexiFun: A Night of Creative Construction”
Friday, August 22, 6:30 pm

Flex your creative muscles with Flexure – the flexible new wonder toy – and construct bouncy, wiggly, suction-y models during an evening of hands-on, play-based learning.  Join Richard Elaver, the designer who created this unusual new building toy, in assembling some imaginative structures – everything from molecular models and the Platonic solids to models of puppies and rocket ships.  Have fun exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry, and maybe learn a little about the mathematical concepts underlying toy design along the way.  Recommended for ages 3-13, but all ages are welcome.  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.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath
Saturday, September 6, 8:00 pm

Adults, don't forget to mark your calendar for Unbounded
: An Evening at MoMath on Saturday, September 6!  With special demos on the math of bubbles, free refreshments from Neuman's Kitchen, and appearances from noted mathematicians Jean Taylor and Frank Morgan, it will be a night you won't want to miss.  Details and registration at unbounded.momath.org.

PolyPals:  Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for morning fun!
Tuesday mornings in July and August (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 July and August, PolyPals will be moving to the mornings.  For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.

Expansions:  MoMath’s new program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Every Tuesday afternoon (HS students)
Every Thursday afternoon (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.

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School group visits for 2014-2015
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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