[MoMath] 2015 April-May Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

MoMath's spring schedule is in full bloom!  Stop by the Museum for new events featuring puzzles, artistic runes, and the news — or join us in Washington, DC for a three-day lineup of events, including two special gallery tours and the National Math Festival!

Registration for MOVES, MoMath's biannual conference on recreational mathematics, is now open at moves.momath.org!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to honor the seminal work of game theorists John Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp, and Richard Guy.  Space is limited and we expect that all available slots at the conference will be taken, so don't wait to register!

MoMath at a Glance  
Now through April 2015 Matthew Brand's Luminaries in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Now through May 19 Win $25k!  Apply for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching
Now through June 1 Register for the 2015 MOVES Conference
Wednesday, April 1 Math Encounters: “A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (and Its Descendants)” with John Allen Paulos
Friday, April 10 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Math Runes: Art with Functions”
Sunday, April 12 Tavern Night: Debut of the new puzzle Jack of Hearts
Friday, April 17 Art and Math in the Works of M.C. Escher
Saturday, April 18 Join MoMath at the National Math Festival
Sunday, April 19 Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare
Friday, May 1 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Popping Up with Robert Sabuda!”
Wednesday, May 6 Math Encounters: “Swarm Math: From wasps and wings to bots and bits” with James McLurkin
Thursday, June 4 Teacher Professional Development with international expert Jim Tanton: Weird Ways to Work With Pi
Friday, June 5 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Finding Freaky Fixed Points”
Now on Saturdays! PolyPals toddler program
Tuesday/Thursdays Expansions after-school program for gifted students

Matthew Brand's Luminaries at Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Now through April 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 April 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 (new this year!) up to five additional $1,000 awards for other innovative activities.  The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their lessons with educators across the country.  Learn more about the prize and how to apply at rosenthalprize.momath.org.

College students: Become a MoMath intern!

Now accepting applications for summer 2015.

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.

High school students: Intern at MoMath on weekends this fall!
High school students with a love of math, you can become a part of MoMath too!  Gain valuable experience while helping others, and add something unique to your college applications.  Watch for more information about the Fall 2015 high school internships when the application process begins in June.

Math Encounters: “A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (and Its Descendants)” with John Allen Paulos


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





Investigate the mathematical angles of news stories and debunk popular myths and fallacies with mathematician, author, and columnist John Allen Paulos.  Join fellow coffee-drinkers, strap-hangers, policy-makers, gossip-mongers, bargain-hunters, trend-setters, and others who can't get along without their daily news, and discover an oblique, yet revealing, slant on the traditional Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of the journalist's craft.  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: Math Runes: Art with Functions”
Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm
Create string art that demonstrates functions!  Mathematician and award-winning artist Mike Naylor returns to MoMath to share Math Runes, the app he designed to explore how multiplication in different mod systems can create amazing designs.  Choose your favorite design using Math Runes, then thread a beautiful pattern to turn your design into a physical piece of art.  See just how fascinating simple operations like multiplication can be!  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.

Tavern Night

: Debut of the new puzzle Jack of Hearts
Sunday, April 12, 7:00 pm




The newest puzzle in the Tavern Puzzle Collection will be making its world premiere at MoMath!  In honor of the debut of Jack of Hearts, enjoy a night of drinks, fun, and tavern games like darts and skittles.  Plus, test your mettle with a puzzle race; you could win your own Jack of Hearts puzzle!  For aficionados, not only will this be the first place you can buy the all-new puzzle, but Tavern Puzzle Collection creators Dennis and Donna Sucilsky will be on hand to discuss how they got their start, how they make the puzzles, and how they come up with new ideas.  They'll even be bringing an anvil, so they can personalize any puzzle you purchase this evening.  Buy a Jack of Hearts puzzle during this event, and receive 10% off!  Families and students are welcome; those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase (with ID).  Register at tavern.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!  See all events at washington.momath.org.

Art and Math in the Works of M.C. Escher

Friday, April 17
, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm


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.  The tour will be guided by Dave Masunaga, former Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, whose connection with Escher stems from studies with Dr. Arthur Loeb, the first person to bring M.C. Escher to the United States, and from his friendship with George Escher, M.C. Escher’s eldest son.  For more information and to register, visit escher.momath.org.

Visit or volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festival

Saturday, April 18
, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


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.

Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare
Sunday, April 19
, 12:00 pm


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 President 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.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Popping Up with Robert Sabuda!”
Friday, May 1, 6:30 pm

Join New York Times best-selling and award-winning pop-up book creator Robert Sabuda as he shares the process of creating his magical three-dimensional books.  He’ll also lead a very special workshop to get everyone busy creating pop-ups.  Learn a variety of simple techniques that can be used for making cards, invitations and, with a little practice and imagination, your very own book!  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: “Swarm Math: From wasps and wings to bots and bits” with James McLurkin
Wednesday, May 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm




Get under the hood of MoMath’s hot new Robot Swarm exhibit with roboticist James McLurkin.  From the first naturally occurring distributed algorithms 120 million years ago to the automated exploration and search-and-rescue missions of today, learn how simple rules followed by individuals can result in complex group behaviors, and how tasks like warehouse fulfillment and even building construction can sometimes be handled better by groups of robots than by people!  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Teacher Professional Development workshop: Weird Ways to Work With Pi

Thursday, June 4, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Many a mathematical scholar has contemplated the meaning and mystery of the number pi: the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  But who says the concept of pi should apply only to circles?  What is pi for a square?  What is pi for a right triangle?  What interesting non-circular problems can be solved with non-circular pi-values?  This professional development workshop will explore and unite all sorts of ideas from the middle school and high school curriculum, develop agile thinking and problem-solving skills, and connect beautifully with content and practices with the Common Core.  See more and register at pd.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Finding Freaky Fixed Points
Friday, June 5, 6:30 pm
When two pieces of paper are stacked one atop the other, each point on the top piece sits directly above its matching point on the bottom piece.  Now, crumple the top piece of paper into a ball and throw it back onto the bottom piece. Astoundingly, there is sure to still be at least one point in that top crumpled piece sitting directly above its matching point on the bottom!  Or, take two maps of the U.S., one smaller than the other. Toss the small map somewhere onto the large map and you’ll be sure to find one point in the U.S. in exactly the same spot on both maps.  And watch out when you stir your morning drink – in an ideal mathematical world, at least one point of liquid is sure to return to exactly the same location it was at before stirring!  Let’s have fun playing with clever “ABC triangles” to find these freaky fixed points!  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!
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.  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, 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.  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."  It’s not too late to visit this school year; visit fieldtrips.momath.org to register.  Thanks to the generous support of companies like Google and OppenheimerFunds as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To register for a free trip, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email admin@momath.org.

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