[MoMath] 2015 May-June Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Put some math in your day with MoMath's newest upcoming events!  Enjoy pop-ups, patterns, prize workshops, pi-themed professional development, and points that stay in place — plus, an all-new prismatic Unbounded in honor of Pride.

Registration for MOVES, MoMath's biennial conference on recreational mathematics, is 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  
Coming this spring New exhibit Beaver Run opens 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
Friday, May 1 Rosenthal Prize Application Workshop
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, May 28 Spacellation at the Geek Street Fair
Wednesday, June 3 Math Encounters: “Symmetry, Ornaments, and Computers” with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
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”
Friday, June 12 Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — Math of the Rainbow!
Saturdays PolyPals toddler program
Tuesday/Thursdays Expansions after-school program for gifted students

Coming this spring: New exhibit Beaver Run opens at MoMath!
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.

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, and don't forget to register for the application workshop on Friday, May 1!

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.

Register your child for Transformations, MoMath’s summer program
Weekly programs in July and August

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 the weekly programs at transformations.momath.org.

Rosenthal Prize Application Workshop
Friday, May 1, 3:30 pm
Get some insight into the judging process for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, and take your submission from great to outstanding!  Join us for a free application workshop; experienced judges and past winners will share their observations and feedback and will answer questions from current applicants.  For registrants who cannot attend in person, the workshop will be streamed online.  Learn more and register at rosenthalprize.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.

Spacellation at the Geek Street Fair
Thursday, May 28, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Note that this program takes place at Gansevoort Plaza in the Meatpacking District

Hang out with MoMath at the Geek Street Fair, hosted by Google!  If you missed Spacellation, the giant collaborative coat hanger construction that debuted during the National Math Festival in DC, now's your chance to dive in hands-first.  Help MoMath turn ordinary household objects into extraordinary mathematical art; if you stick around until 6 pm, you just might get a piece of mathematical artwork to take home with you!

Math Encounters: “Symmetry, Ornaments, and Computers” with Jürgen Richter-Gebert

Wednesday, June 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Repetitive ornamental patterns are an omnipresent part of human culture.  Technology can serve as a versatile link between what is drawn (art) and how it repeats (mathematics), allowing one to create, analyze, deform, and animate such ornamental patterns.  Can just one finger stroke be used to create exciting pavement structures?  Is there a way to involve people from all over the world in the creation of ornamental patterns?  Join professor and interactive mathematics expert Jürgen Richter-Gebert, creator of the interactive geometry software Cinderella and the app iOrnament, as he uses live demonstrations and animations to decorate the evening.  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 with international expert Jim Tanton: 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, led by MAA ambassador Jim Tanton, 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 where it was before stirring!  Join Jim Tanton and 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.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — Math of the Rainbow!

Friday, June 12, 7:30 pm
21+ (ID required)

Delve into a whole spectrum of mathematics at the next Unbounded, MoMath's adult-only night at the Museum!  Reflect, refract, and rediscover the rainbow by learning the math behind it.  Then, get creative with Julia's Stars, a colorful, collaborative construction of a giant fractal using rainbow LEDs.  This edition of Unbounded will also be held in honor of NYC Pride month!  Celebrate the contributions of the LGBT+ community to math and science, all while enjoying good food, good drinks, and good company.  21+ (ID required).  One free drink included with admission.  Register at unbounded.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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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.

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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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.

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