[MoMath] 2015 July-August Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Explore math to its limits this summer at MoMath, named New York State’s most fascinating museum worth traveling for!  Start small to create fantastic structures out of strips of ribbon and paper plates, dive into the depths of fractals, and zoom out to get a bigger and better view of massive numbers.  Plus, math lovers of all sizes will enjoy special events like the 2015 MOVES conference and Transformations, MoMath's summer program for first through eighth graders.

Curious about MOVES, MoMath's biennial conference on recreational mathematics?  Read the preliminary program at moves.momath.org.

MoMath at a Glance  
Wednesday, July 1 Math Encounters: “Fractal Beauty” with Alex Kontorovich
July 6 – August 28 (weekly sessions) Transformations: MoMath's summer program
Friday, July 24 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Folding Circles”
August 2 – 4 2015 MOVES Conference
Wednesday, August 5 Math Encounters: “Massive Numbers” with Po-Shen Loh
Monday, August 17 What’s so special about 8-17-15?  Keep your eyes on the MoMath website to find out!
Friday, August 21 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Snapology”
Thursdays Expansions program for gifted students
Coming soon Catch a fractal display in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
New exhibit Beaver Run to open at MoMath this fall!
September Watch for another edition of Free Play, MoMath's free afternoon and evening, brought to you by Citadel

High school students: Intern at MoMath on weekends this fall!

This fall, high school students with a love of math can become a part of MoMath too!  Gain valuable experience while helping others, and add something unique to your college applications.  Applications for Fall 2015 high school internships are now open at momath.org/jobs.

Math Encounters: “Fractal Beauty” with Alex Kontorovich

Wednesday, July 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

People have long been fascinated by the beauty of iterated symmetry, but what makes these patterns so alluring?  Alex Kontorovich, mathematician and accomplished sax and clarinet player, joins a long list of mathematicians and scientists as he delves into questions at the intersection of geometry, number theory, and chaotic dynamics.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Transformations 2015, MoMath’s summer program

July 6 —August 28 (weekly sessions, Monday — Friday)

First through eighth graders will experience the richness of mathematics at MoMath’s exciting summer program, where full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and programs in arts, music, and movement will make math come alive for each and every participant.  Whether your child is already passionate about mathematics or just starting to explore its wonders, Transformations will expose your child to cool subjects not covered in school, and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics.  Learn more and register for weekly sessions at transformations.momath.org.

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

Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm

Discover a dynamic world of transformations unique to both math and art, using nothing more than a common paper plate!  No cutting, no measuring… just folding, reforming, and joining together these simple circles reveals familiar 2-D and 3-D math, symmetry, and beauty.  If you can fold a circle in half, you can do this!  Come explore the possibilities for yourself; you'll never think about circles the same way again.  This presentation is appropriate for all ages and 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: “Massive Numbers” with Po-Shen Loh

Wednesday, August 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Every kid at some point wonders, "How much is a kajillion? Or a bazillion?"  Even adults may have the impression that math is mostly about numbers and finding ways to deal with them, whatever their size.  Join Po-Shen Loh, Carnegie Mellon math professor and national lead coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team, as he gives the inside scoop on whether and when numbers more gigantic than you've ever dreamed of really do turn up in the world of mathematics — and get a glimpse into the little-known drama of competitive math contests, as well.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

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

Friday, August 21, 6:30 pm

Come learn about Snapology!  Transform strips of colored ribbon into beautiful geometric shapes, exploring structure and the mathematical properties of the Platonic solids while creating your own work of art.  Faye Goldman, mathematical artist and author of Geometric Origami, leads the group on an artistic and mathematical journey using Snapology to construct a twenty-sided figure known as an “icosahedron.”  This presentation is appropriate for all ages and 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.

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

Thursday afternoons (K-8, separated by level)

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath's afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade, 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 several levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age.  Admission is by application only.  Apply now and register for Summer 2015 classes; to learn more and submit an application, visit expansions.momath.org.

Coming soon: Composite, the gallery at MoMath, will be home to a fractal display this summer, and new exhibit Beaver Run opens this fall.
First, enjoy a colorful and iterative new show in MoMath's Composite gallery this summer. Then, get ready for MoMath's newest permanent exhibit!  Truchet tiles, train tracks, and turntables come together to form beaver paths through a constantly shifting forest.  Rotate the semi-circular tracks and send the beavers through the forest on a path of your choosing, or try to solve a variety of challenges.  No matter how the path changes, the beavers will never meet!  Be sure to check upcomingevents.momath.org for more details, coming soon.

Events, Birthday Parties, and More

Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 30 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 bar/bat mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  New: laser-cutting parties available now.  Send guests home with their own custom laser-cut party favors!  Email events@momath.org for more information.

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 and summer 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."  Register for a summer field trip at summertrip.momath.org.

Free trips for Title I schools

Thanks to the support of companies including Google and OppenheimerFunds, as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To register for a free trip this fall, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email admin@momath.org.

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.  Join now, and take advantage of MoMath's low opening rates.

We need you!

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 four-hour shifts each month, please send an email to jobs@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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