[MoMath] 2014 Aug-Sept Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Don't miss out on math just because it's summer vacation.  Head to MoMath and keep yourself in a mathematical mood with a great lineup of events that will let you bend your body, bend your toys, bend your business cards, and bend your mind.  For the grown-up crowd, ring in September with Unbounded and The Story Collider, MoMath's two not-to-be-missed 21+ nights!


MoMath at a Glance  
Sessions starting August 4 Transformations Summer Camp
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"
September 3 Math Encounters: "Movie Magic" with Eitan Grinspun
September 4-11 Cross Product: MoMath's 3D printing workshops
September 6  Solve for XX: A Celebration of Women in Mathematics
September 6 Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath
September 7  Judgement Call: How the NBA uses analytics to improve referee performance
September 10 Composite Chat: Math meets art in this intimate conversation with the Oakes twins
September 10 The Story Collider at MoMath
September 12 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Crowdsourcing Origami"
Through September 14 Composite: the Gallery at MoMath presents Compounding Visions
Every Tuesday PolyPals toddler program
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions for gifted students

Extension of Trevor and Ryan Oakes' Compounding Visions, the highly acclaimed opening show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath
Now through September 14
The National Museum of Mathematics is delighted to extend the inaugural show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath through September 14.  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 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 this chance to see the show that has the art and math communities abuzz.  Read more: The Huffington Post, Identical Twins Combine Art and Math in Hypnotic Exhibition (May 29).

Transformations Summer Camp
Register now for sessions throughout August

MoMath's exciting day camp is going strong!  Fourth through eighth graders are invited to experience the richness of mathematics at MoMath, where hands-on education sessions and programs will make math come alive for each and every participant. Weekly topics for August include puzzles, prime numbers, symmetry, and the math of nature. Some scholarships available.  For further information and to register, visit transformations.momath.org.

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

Math Encounters: "Movie Magic" with Eitan Grinspun
Wednesday, September 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Visit a world where mathematics and entertainment intersect: the world of modern computer-based animation.  Join mathematician Eitan Grinspun as he takes us on a journey through the intertwined history of mathematics and animation, from early hand drawings to the latest sophisticated renderings of three-dimensional surfaces on two-dimensional screens, and beyond that to the perplexing questions that mathematicians research today to create the animations of tomorrow. Register at mathencounters.org.

Cross Product: MoMath's 3D printing workshops
Thursday, September 11, 3:00 pm; waitlist only for September 4 (7:00 pm),  September 7 (3:00 pm), and September 11 (7:00 pm)
Were you intrigued by MoMath’s recent Math Encounters talk on 3D printing?  Do you want to learn to make your own 3D prints?  Now, you can!  This two-hour introductory-level session will provide instruction for creating a 3D printed design, as well as the opportunity to print your own 3D model.  Attendees will participate in groups of one to three people. Each group will share one computer and share in the creation of one design. The session will introduce participants to interactive 3D modeling software, sending a design to a 3D printer, and the 3D printing process.  If you can't make it to an open session, join the waitlist to ensure that more classes will be created.  For more information and to register, visit 3D.momath.org.

Solve for XX: A Celebration of Women in Mathematics
Saturday, September 6, 11:00 am, includes pizza lunch
Meet three accomplished female mathematicians at this informal lunch and discussion session.  Marjorie Senechal (Smith College and Editor in Chief of the Mathematical Intelligencer), Reidun Twarock (University of York, England), and Jean Taylor (NYU and Rutgers University) will be on hand to chat about recent revelations of geometry in nature.  Hear how they've used math to study the shapes of viruses and foams, to investigate the internal structures of crystals and quasicrystals, and to understand why icosahedra are the stem cells of the solid state, and learn why these women think mathematics is the most exciting thing a person can do. If there's a young woman you know whose interest might be sparked, don't miss this opportunity to interact with some of the top female mathematicians around. Register at solve.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath
Saturday, September 6, 8:00 pm
21+ (ID required)
Don’t miss September’s adult-only night at the Museum, with special demos on the math of bubbles, free refreshments from Neuman’s Kitchen, and appearances from noted mathematicians Jean Taylor and Frank Morgan. Unbounded provides the opportunity to experience MoMath’s unique atmosphere and interactive exhibits in the company of New York’s math-chic community, including the mathematicians and designers behind the Museum. This Unbounded will also include a public celebration of the 70th birthday of prominent mathematician Jean Taylor, whose research advances the understanding of soap bubble clusters and three-dimensional crystals and quasicrystals. Mathematical know-how is not required at Unbounded — fun, adventure, exploration, and play are in store for all who come.  21+ (ID required). One free drink included with admission. Details and registration at unbounded.momath.org.

Judgement Call: How the NBA uses analytics to improve referee performance
Sunday, September 7, 6:30 pm
Imagine if your career involved making 6,000 split-second decisions every night, with millions of people judging your performance. Imagine if those decisions were further recorded, compiled, and analyzed to detect areas for improvement. Sound like a fun job? That’s how it goes for NBA referees. Join Steven Angel, the National Basketball Association’s SVP of Referee Operations and Analytics, as he explains how the league uses analytics to monitor and improve referee performance, describes the factors that influence fan perception of referee performance, and shares some common beliefs about referees that can be proven false (and sometimes true!) with data. Register at referee.momath.org.

Composite Chat: Math meets art in this intimate conversation with the Oakes twins
Wednesday, September 10, 5:30 pm
Before MoMath says goodbye to Compounding Visions, join featured artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes for one last discussion about the mathematical ramifications of their work. The artists, who have spent the summer drawing in the park, will give a presentation about the use of color in their latest concave drawings. Don't miss this chance to peer more closely at the ways in which math and art meet, intertwine, and enrich each other. For further information, see oakeschatsept.momath.org.

The Story Collider at MoMath
Wednesday, September 10, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

21+ (ID required)
Science and math surround us: even when we don't notice it, they touch almost every part of our lives.  The Story Collider believes that everyone has a story about math or science, and that the best way to tell those stories is to gather with friends and drinks to hear funny, or sometimes heartbreaking, stories told live on stage.  The Story Collider and MoMath are collaborating to bring you an evening of math-centric stories, delivered by a broad range of storytellers — from those who've made it their lives, to those who thought they hated it but later found its beauty.  For more information and to register, visit story.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Crowdsourcing Origami"
Friday, September 12, 6:30 pm
Business cards help us make personal connections, but how about making geometric connections?  Join MIT-trained software engineer Dr. Jeannine Mosely as she shows us her novel method of linking traditional business card cubes to create gigantic origami sculptures.  Dr. Mosely's crowdsourced constructions have spanned from the West Coast to the East, and include a model of Worcester's Union Station made from over 60,000 cards!  Come learn how it's done, and explore the endless possibilities for combining cubes into more intricate structures.  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.

PolyPals:  Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Tuesday mornings in August; Tuesday afternoons in September (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.  During the month of August, PolyPals will take place in the mornings.  For more 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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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 2014-2015
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.

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 love 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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