MoMath Online: Student Sessions
Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3
For next week’s schedule, click here.
Whether your child is already passionate about mathematics or just starting to explore its wonders, MoMath Online will expose your child to cool areas of mathematics not covered in school and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics.
Each session is repeated at multiple times during the week to accommodate different schedules; choose the date and time that works best for you!
All times listed below are in Eastern Daylight Time (New York). Please click on a time to register.
Classes not marked “free” are pay-if-you-can.
|Grades||Online Session||Mon 3/30||Tues 3/31||Wed 4/1||Thurs 4/2||Fri 4/3|
|Pre-K – 2||Shape Shifters||10:30 am (free*)||10:15 am||1:45 pm||9:00 am (free*)||9:15 am|
|3 – 6||Möbius Madness||9:15 am||9:15 am||9:15 am (free*)||9:15 am||9:15 am (free*)|
|3 – 6||Secrets of Cryptography||9:15 am||8:45 am||9:00 am||8:45 am (free*)||12:30 pm (free*)|
|5 – 8||Crazy Dice||10:30 am||10:30 am||10:30 am (free*)||10:30 am||10:30 am|
|7 – 12||Topological Tic-Tac-Toe||N/A
||9:00 am||8:45 am (free*)||1:45 pm (free*)||10:30 am|
|9 – 12||Evening the Odds||N/A
||N/A||N/A||12:30 pm||1:45 pm (free*)|
*No-cost sessions are reserved exclusively for families requiring financial aid. Please only register if you are a family facing significant financial hardship.
Sessions are available for grades pre-K through 12, as indicated above.
After you register for your 45-minute session, you will be sent a link and instructions so you may join the fun via Zoom, the free video conferencing platform. Multiple family members may participate in a session, but please limit the link to one device and one household, as there is a limit on devices.
Our online education sessions offer four inspiring, mathematical themes for grades pre-K through 12.
Shape Shifters: Shapes are all around us, and form the basic building blocks of modern life. Using wooden squares, rectangles, rhombi, trapezoids, and hexagons, students will discover how shapes are different from each other and how mathematicians identify and name them. Interactive activities and games will teach students about geometrical symmetries and how to construct polygons with many sides, including the tetracontakaihexagon! Materials needed: a printout to be provided and scissors (to cut out shapes prior to session).
Möbius Madness: Students construct fascinating topological objects such as Möbius bands, discovering their fundamental patterns and structures. Hands-on activities lead students to discover the surprising properties hidden around every twist and turn! Materials needed: 4 strips of paper (2 inch x 11 inch), scissors, tape, and markers (2 colors).
Secrets of Cryptography: Explore cryptography, secret codes, and ciphers! Students are introduced to the substitution cipher, which hides messages by replacing letters or groups of letters with other letters or groups of letters. Using patterns and perseverance, learn how to create hidden messages — and how to break secret codes! Materials needed: sheet of paper and pencil.
Crazy Dice: Once students find the probability of rolling a given sum with a pair of standard dice, they are challenged with finding a different way to number their dice to get the same probabilities. Crazy! Materials needed: sheet of paper and pencil.
Topological Tic-Tac-Toe: The familiar game of tic-tac-toe becomes fun and challenging when we play it on alternative topological surfaces. The typical 3×3 game board is enhanced by gluing together pairs of opposite edges together in various ways, making for more interesting games and mind-bending playing spaces. Students will learn to appreciate the ins and outs of these new objects as they develop strategies to master the mathematically enhanced games. Materials needed: sheet of paper and pencil.
Evening the Odds: The probability of rolling different sums with a standard pair of dice depends upon the sum in question. This activity guides students to find ways to renumber their dice so every sum appears with the same probability. But then, what sums are possible to fit into this scheme? How many different sums can be rolled with equal likelihood? The answers to these questions and more are found in this activity. Materials needed: sheet of paper and pencil.
Registration fees are $25 per session. Students can sign up for multiple sessions throughout the week, but please note that sessions by the same name are repeated sessions, not continuations of earlier sessions. Additionally, sessions marked “free” are free of charge to students, but space is limited, so register only if your family is facing significant financial hardship.
Strictly no refunds, no credits, and no transfers will be permitted. Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. MoMath adheres to a strict no-tipping policy.
Limited funding is available for students from low-income backgrounds who demonstrate a strong interest in mathematics. To apply, students will need to submit an essay and teacher recommendation. To qualify, families must meet the income guidelines of the federal free and reduced lunch program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for application instructions.