[MoMath] 2015 Feb-March Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Get interdisciplinary with MoMath's diverse palette of upcoming events: investigate the connections between math and light, math and strategy games, and even math and drumming, then see math take a starring role at the movies and in the theater.  And in April, enjoy an exciting series of events in our nation’s capital: explore Escher at the National Gallery, Man Ray at the Phillips, or just enjoy a day of fun in the sun with MoMath during the first-ever National Math Festival.  Plus, don't miss the middle school MoMathlon Tournaments, or an all-new Winton Power Series in March with Breakthrough Prize winner Simon Donaldson!

MoMath at a Glance  
Now through February 21 MoMath's 2015 Pi Day competition is accepting submissions!
Now through March 2015 Matthew Brand's Luminaries in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Now through May 19 Apply for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching
January 31 Summer Camp 2015 Open House
February 2 Professional development (PD) workshops for teachers
February 19 Composite Chat: the surprising technology of serial inventor Matthew Brand 
February 19 Movie Night at MoMath: Counting from Infinity
February 24 2015 MoMath Masters Tournament featuring Will Shortz
February 27 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “ITSPHUN”
March 2-31 2015 Con Edison MoMathlon Tournaments
March 4 Math Encounters: “Poetry, Drumming, and Mathematics” with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
March 8 The Mathematics of Being Human
March 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Cat & Mouse Games”
March 14 Celebrate Pi Day at MoMath!
March 22 MoMath Winton Power Series: “Dimension: A Geometric and Topological View” with Simon Donaldson
March 28 Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — Game Night!
April 17-19 MoMath goes to Washington!
April 18 Volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festival
Now on Saturdays! PolyPals toddler program
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions after-school program for gifted students

MoMath's 2015 Pi Day competition is still accepting submissions!

Through Saturday, February 21

Share your love of pi!  Write and record pi-themed lyrics, create a limerick about pi, or send in a pi-ku, and you could win MoMath's 2015 Pi Day contest.  The contest will run through February 21, so start brainstorming!  See more details and submit your entries at piday2015.momath.org.

Matthew Brand's Luminaries at Composite: the gallery at MoMath

Through March, 2015

If you like the Light Grooves exhibit at MoMath, you’ll love this gallery show featuring the newest work of light artist, inventor, and visionary Matthew Brand.  Evoking figures from ancient Egypt to the medieval Silk Road to modern casinos, Brand has captured some of history’s most intriguing thinkers.  Visit Composite: the gallery at MoMath to discover the world’s first large-scale show of lumography — smooth, water-clear lenses whose undulating surfaces rearrange light beams into ghostly morphing pictures.  Many years in development, Brand’s marriage of sand castle mathematics and swimming pool optics runs through March 2015.  Entry is included with Museum admission.

Apply for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching
Through Tuesday, May 19

MoMath is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching.  Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities.  The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative activities with educators across the country.  Learn more about the prize and how to apply at rosenthalprize.momath.org.

Become a MoMath intern!
Now accepting applications for the summer

Share your love of math with others!  MoMath is now accepting applications for summer internships for current college students.  Improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  See more at momath.org/jobs.  Please note that internships are unpaid. 

Note:  The application window for Spring 2015 high school internships is now closed; more information about Fall 2015 high school internships will be available in June.

Summer Camp 2015 Open House
Saturday, January 31, 4:00 pm

MoMath is gearing up for a great summer with an exciting day camp!  Come learn more about Transformations 2015, the summer camp at MoMath, and be the first to explore some of this summer’s newest activities.  Learn more about Transformations and register at openhouse.momath.org.

Given sufficient interest, a second Open House may be scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Please email summercamp@momath.org if you would be interested in attending this alternate date.

Professional development (PD) workshops for teachers

Monday, February 2, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (waiting list only)

Participate in hands-on interactive activities that reveal the wonders of mathematics, and learn how to spark your students' curiosity with easy-to-reproduce materials linked to the Common Core curriculum.  The workshop will feature topics covered in the Common Core standards, including the relationship between 2D shapes and 3D objects, angles, patterns, algebraic thinking, number and operations, and symmetry, and will also include a Museum tour.  Workshops will be provided at two different levels: high school teachers (grades 9 through 12), and upper elementary and middle school teachers (grades 4 through 8).  See more at pd.momath.org and email programs@momath.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Missed registering for MoMath's upcoming PD session?  It's not too late to experience the joy of mathematics at MoMath, with the next professional development session now open for registration.  Explore Weird Ways to Work With Pi, featuring nationally acclaimed educator James Tanton, on Thursday, June 4.  Contemplate the meaning and mystery of pi, and then let it loose on all kinds of wild shapes — all while exploring and uniting ideas from the Common Core curriculum.  Middle school and high school teachers welcome: see more and register at pd.momath.org.

Composite Chat: the surprising technology of serial inventor Matthew Brand

Thursday, February 19, 6:30 pm

Have you seen Light Grooves, MoMath's holographic metalwork, or the picture-forming lenses in MoMath's Composite gallery?  Did you know that both are demonstrations of entirely new technologies?  Join us for a conversation with artist and serial inventor Matthew Brand on the mathematical and technical challenges of doing art with optics — and doing freeform optics with automotive tools.  Brand will give a short presentation to kick off the event and just might take the opportunity to reprogram your visual system.  See more details and register at brandchatfeb.momath.org.

Movie Night at MoMath: Counting from Infinity
Thursday, Friday 19, 8:00 pm

Join MoMath for the New York premiere of Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture, an inspiring new mathematical documentary by George Csicsery.  In 2013, little-known mathematician Yitang Zhang submitted a paper that had big ripples in the world of prime numbers, leading to an exciting string of mathematical discoveries and progress on the Twin Prime Conjecture.  Counting from Infinity chronicles this incredible moment in mathematical history, interleaving the story of Zhang's perseverance amidst adversity and his breakthrough with a history of the Twin Prime Conjecture and its challenges.  Register at counting.momath.org.

Special Offer!  Register for both Composite Chat and Counting from Infinity at a discounted rate at doublefeature.momath.org.

2015 MoMath Masters Tournament

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath for the 2015 MoMath Masters Tournament, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser!  Get your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals.  You can work on your own or as a group, create fun pseudonyms to post your answers, and even buy extra time, all in the spirit of friendly competition.  Will Shortz will return as this year's host — but who will win?  Space is limited, so reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "ITSPHUN”

Friday, February 27, 6:30 pm

The creators of ITSPHUN, the geometric construction toy, are back at MoMath!  Learn how to build the five “perfect” polyhedra and other highly symmetric, geometric objects that have fascinated humans for thousands of years.  Discover interesting facts about shapes and explore their mathematical beauty during this fun, hands-on evening of mathematical play.  Warning: playing with patterns and symmetry can be addictive!  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.

2015 Con Edison MoMathlon Tournaments 

Monday, March 2 (Westchester); Tuesday, March 3 (Bronx); Monday, March 9 (Queens); Thursday, March 12 (Suffolk County); Tuesday, March 31 (Manhattan)

Playing a sport, being on a team, competition…every middle school student deserves to experience the fun and exhilaration of making friends and working with them toward a goal; this can build confidence and teach skills that last a lifetime.  MoMath provides New York kids this opportunity every March, when, together with supporters Con Edison and Brookhaven National Laboratory, it sponsors several middle school math tournaments, culminating in a thrilling tournament of champions.  These unique tournaments allow budding mathematicians to experience the same thrills that student athletes receive from their pursuits: challenges, teamwork, refreshments, souvenirs, trophies, and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond.  The tournaments will take place throughout March in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Suffolk County, and Westchester; for more information and to register, visit momathlon.momath.org.  To ensure participation, register by February 6.

Math Encounters: “Poetry, Drumming, and Mathematics” with Manjul Bhargava

Wednesday, March 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Did you know that many modern mathematical tools used in probability and combinatorics, and applied in varied technologies such as those on NASA space missions, originated in problems encountered by linguists and musicians thousands of years ago?  Princeton University Professor and 2014 Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava looks at some of these ancient, poetic problems — and their remarkable solutions through the ages — to reveal much about the nature of human thought and the origins of mathematics.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

The Mathematics of Being Human
Sunday, March 8, 6:30 pm

Battle lines are drawn between mathematics and the humanities when English professor Naomi Kessler and mathematician Mike Pearson are compelled to co-teach a course at a university bent on promoting interdisciplinarity. They tussle over everything: from the value of ‘nothing’ in King Lear, to the fractal nature of cauliflower, to the relevance of non-Euclidean geometry in poetry. Will they be able to give their beleaguered students a glimpse of synthesis or will their insularity prove impossible to surmount?  The fireworks fly in this new play written by the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Michele Osherow (English professor and dramaturg for Washington DC's Folger Theatre) and Manil Suri (mathematics professor and author of "The Death of Vishnu"), and directed by Alan Kreizenbeck.  The staged reading will be followed by a talk-back, so make sure to bring your thinking cap.  See more and register at human.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable
: “Cat & Mouse Games”
Friday, March 13, 6:30 pm

A cat chases a mouse on a grid.  Can the cat catch the mouse?  Sometimes yes… sometimes no!  Play some games and see when you can escape — then find out if math is on the side of the cat, or the mouse!  Dan Zaharopol, Executive Director of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation, guides us through the strategy of a simple game as viewed through the lens of mathematics.  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.

Celebrate Pi Day with MoMath!
Saturday, March 14

Pi is more fun when it's shared.  Enjoy a day full of special pi-related activities at MoMath, from a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to circular tic-tac-toe and pi puzzles.  You can make pi personal by finding a unique number sequence in its infinite digits, and make pi even more delicious by estimating it using candy!  Plus, be there to hear the winning entries from MoMath's Pi Day competition.

MoMath Winton Power Series: “Dimension: A Geometric and Topological view” with Simon Donaldson
Sunday, March 22, 5:30 pm

Simon Donaldson will illuminate phenomena in the study of mathematical manifolds that depend crucially on dimension.  Going back to the mid-20th century, the initial focus of the presentation will be on the ideas of algebraic and geometric "intersection numbers" and the fundamental connections between them which hold in high dimensions.  The story will continue through the late 20th century and beyond, when contrary phenomena in low dimensions were detected, but still not thoroughly understood.  Don't miss your opportunity to hear from Simon Donaldson, one of only five winners of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize — the most substantial prize in all of mathematics.  This presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and an informal reception.  Register at powerseries.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — Game Night!
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm
21+ (ID required)

Don’t miss MoMath's first adult-only night of 2015!  This month’s event features a special game component designed by Richard Garriott de Cayeux, inventor of the Ultima adventure series: come play with us!  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.  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.  Register at unbounded.momath.org.

MoMath Goes to Washington!
Join MoMath for a not-to-be missed three-day extravaganza in the nation's capital during the first-ever National Math Festival!

Friday, April 17
Explore the masterpieces of M.C. Escher on this exclusive private tour of one of the world's largest and most complete collections of his works.  Housed in a restricted area of the National Gallery of Art, this collection includes woodblock, wood engraving, and lithography, in both monochrome and color.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to view and closely study the original works of M.C. Escher, focusing on his analytic elements of design, his intuitive geometric sense, and his brilliant printmaking techniques.  For more information and to register, visit escher.momath.org.

Saturday, April 18
Join MoMath as its popular Math Midway exhibition, back from a five-year national tour, arrives on the scene at the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden.  Ride the Square-Wheeled Tricycle, enjoy laser-based geometry exploration with the Ring of Fire, and play with algebraic gold doubloons along with Pirate X and Lady Y.  Experience more than 20 hands-on, engaging math exhibits that helped launch the nation's only Museum of Mathematics, and discover the wonder and beauty of math in a fun festival setting.  Plus, participate in Spacellation, a giant geometric coat-hanger construction making its national debut, or tie yourself up in String Upon a Star, and become an integral part of the first-ever national celebration of mathematics.  No registration needed to attend, but math-savvy volunteers can join the MoMath team to help convey the joy of math!  Students and adults both welcome:  dcvolunteers.momath.org.

Sunday, April 19
Math meets art in this first time three-part display of Man Ray's surrealistic-inflected Shakespearean Equations series, side by side with the original geometric models that inspired the paintings, plus the inventive photographs of these mathematical forms made by Man Ray in Paris in the 1930s.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to join MoMath on a private tour of the exhibition, learning firsthand how art and math intersect in this display of over 100 pieces, including a custom version of MoMath's own Formula Morph exhibit, designed especially for this unique show.  As a special bonus, join MoMath's President and founder, Glen Whitney, for brunch before the tour, and hear the mathematical backstory of the Phillips Collection's latest exhibit.  For more information and to register, visit manray.momath.org.

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!

Now on Saturday mornings! (Ages 2-5)

PolyPals, MoMath's program for pre-K children, offers our littlest 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 preschoolers 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.  Registration for 2015, with new weekend sessions, is now open.  For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.

Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

Tuesday afternoons (HS students); Thursday afternoons (K-8, separated by level)

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath's after-school gifted program.  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 to 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.  Admission is by application only.  Registration for 2015 is now open.  For more information and to apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show?  Send it to MoMath!  MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now.  Applications are open here: applycomposite.momath.org.

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School group visits for 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 year.  Thanks to the generous support of Google, support for Title I schools is now available.  To register, visit titleone.momath.org.

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