[MoMath] 2015 June-July Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and math is in the air!  Things are heating up at MoMath with an all-new summer schedule.  Use computers to play with patterns, explore the beauty of fractals, discover MoMath's newest exhibit, and join internationally acclaimed educator James Tanton at not one but two events.  Plus, get prismatic at a rainbow-themed Unbounded, MoMath's 21+ night at the Museum, this month with specialty cocktails and free food!

The abstracts for MOVES, MoMath's biennial conference on recreational mathematics, are now available!  Registration closes on June 1, so don't miss out on the opportunity to honor the seminal work of game theorists John Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp, and Richard Guy.  Read the research and family track abstracts and register at moves.momath.org.

Kids can spend the summer at MoMath with new summer sessions!  Details below.

MoMath at a Glance  
Coming soon New exhibit Beaver Run to open at MoMath!
Now through June 1 Register for the 2015 MOVES Conference
Wednesday, June 3 Math Encounters: “Symmetry, Ornaments, and Computers” with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
Thursday, June 4 Teacher professional development with international expert James 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!
Wednesday, July 1 Math Encounters: “Fractal Beauty” with Alex Kontorovich
July 6 – August 28 (weekly sessions) Transformations: MoMath's summer program
July 24 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Folding Circles”
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions program for gifted students

Coming soon: New exhibit Beaver Run to open 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.

College students: Become a MoMath intern!



Now accepting applications for summer 2015


Share your love of math with others!  MoMath is now accepting final 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!


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.  More information about Fall 2015 high school internships is available at momath.org/jobs.  The application process opens on June 1.

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 James 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 James 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 from 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 James Tanton and have fun playing with clever “ABC triangles” to find these freaky fixed points.  This presentation is recommended for middle and high school students 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.

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


This month only: specialty cocktails and complimentary food
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-colored LEDs.  This edition of Unbounded will also be held in honor of NYC Pride month.  Celebrate the achievements of LGBT+ mathematicians and scientists, all while enjoying specialty cocktails and complimentary food, courtesy of OppenheimerFunds and Neuman’s Kitchen.  One free drink included with admission.  Register at unbounded.momath.org.

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

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.  It's not too early to apply for Fall 2015 classes; to learn more and submit an application, 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 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."  Visit at the end of the school year or ask about summer options; register at fieldtrips.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.

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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.

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