Math Tours

Posts in this category represent “stops” or individual topics and demos that can be used in a math tour.

Dallas Arts District: One Arts Plaza

At this location, you can ask your participants to imagine that they were working on construction for this building, and that the panes of glass in the main grid of windows on this face of the building needed to be ordered. How many panes would you need to order? In the discussion, bring out the […]

Dallas Arts District: Booker T. Washington School Pegasus

Obviously for a walk in the Dallas Arts District, it’s important to highlight ways in which math and art interact with and enrich each other. One opportunity to do that is the sculpture of Pegasus by artist Stuart Kraft at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. There are at […]

Dallas Arts District: Winspear Opera House louvers

This post is the first in a series detailing a large number of math tour stops designed for the walkSTEM tours of the Dallas Arts District. The tours begin at the Winspear Opera House, so let’s start by examining several mathematical ideas that you can bring out by examining the louvers above the plaza surrounding […]

Everyday Regular Pentagons

You might be doing a shape scavenger hunt and want to add the otherwise elusive regular pentagon to your list of shapes, or you may just want to ask what interesting geometric shape do your participants see on this everyday item, but either way, take advantage of the fact that fire hydrants in many municipalities […]

Hyperbolas from Light Fixtures

When you see light from a fixture shining against a wall, you often observe some very clear, sharp curves as the boundaries between light and dark areas. Those curves are generally hyperbolas. Why? The light from the source is generally blocked off to produce a cone of light, and then that cone is intersected with […]

Tours are Modular

A big bag of mathematical tricks will help create your own tours in virtually any context.

Dream a Theme

✹ You want the tour to gel into an experience for the participants. ✹ Distills and reinforces a “take-home message”. ✹ Helps to filter the myriad of ideas that you will encounter once you’re looking at the world through mathematical lenses. ✹ Conversely, also helps you to generate fresh ideas, as you flesh out your […]

Use the Built Environment

✷ Shows math is useful and that people use it to make our world a better place. ✷ Mathematical ideas are used so often for and in decoration and adornment. Shows math off as a creative and aesthetic endeavor. ✷ These items will be the mainstay of your tour construction. ✷ They provide a source […]