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for winter 2020

Expansions gifted program at MoMath, now including high school sessions with Paul Zeitz!
MathPlay, MoMath’s program for preschoolers
Explorations in Geometry, an enrichment program for gifted 3rd through 6th grade students
Sat, Jan 25 Opening of Venn Pirouettes, the Art of Michael Schultheis – free with Museum admission
Sat, Jan 25 Student workshops with artist Michael Schultheis
Sat, Jan 25 Meet the Artist: Michael Schultheis greets visitors in the Composite gallery
Tue, Jan 28 Statistics for Citizens – how statistics are used – and misused – in a series of three standalone sessions
Thu, Jan 30 How vs. Why, demystifying proofs with Paul Zeitz 
Sun, Feb 2 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Tue, Feb 4 Free trial classes for MathPlay, the Museum’s program for toddlers and preschoolers
Tue, Feb 4 Statistics for Citizens – how statistics are used – and misused – in a series of three standalone sessions
Wed, Feb 5 Math Encounters: “Dice, Stamps, and Counting: Putting Polynomials to Work” with Brian Hopkins
Sun, Feb 9 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Feb 9 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Tue, Feb 11 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tue, Feb 11 Statistics for Citizens – how statistics are used – and misused – in a series of three standalone sessions
Thu, Feb 13 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Fri, Feb 14 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Game of Nim” with Gregory Michel
Tue, Feb 25 2020 MoMath Masters, the annual adult math tournament and charitable benefit
Wed, Mar 4 Math Encounters: “Come Sail Away: Math for the Cruise Director” with Penny Haxell
Thu, March 5 Minds on Math: “The Mathematics of Intelligence: Natural and Artificial” with Dr. Joshua B. Tenenbaum
Sat, Mar 7 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sun, Mar 8 Solution Set, a daylong puzzle-solving workshop with Peter Winkler
Tue, Mar 10 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Thu, Mar 12 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Fri, Mar 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Power of Pi”
Sat, Mar 14 Pi Day 2020 – daytime and evening pi-themed events!
Sun, Mar 15 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
School days Bring MoMath to your school with the Extensions program!
Weekday afternoons Summations: classroom sessions and guided exploration of MoMath for homeschool students
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations educator-led sessions, available upon request
NEW in 2020 Combination field trip tickets for MoMath and SPYSCAPE
Tue, Sep 8 through Fri, Sep 11 Meet Me in Paris: MATRIX x IMAGINARY 2020 – Mark your calendars now for the biennial MATRIX conference, this year with partners IMAGINARY and Institut Henri Poincaré!



Event Details

Venn Pirouettes, the Art of Michael Schultheis
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Opens to the public Saturday, January 25

Michael Schultheis paints and sculpts using math equations as models for stories about human relationships: limaçon curves that have interior and exterior loops are used to represent a person’s interior and exterior, while Venn diagrams demonstrate the way in which humans overlap in their relationships with one another.  His work explores the many intersections between mathematics and art.  MoMath is delighted to announce that Michael will be in town for the opening of the exhibition and to discuss his work in a series of events held in Composite, the gallery at MoMath.

  • Student workshops with Michael (ages 8 and up) – Saturday, January 25, at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
  • Meet the Artist: Michael Schultheis – Saturday, January 25, at 3:00 pm

Learn more and register at venn.momath.org

Statistics for Citizens — a series of three standalone sessions
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on February 4 and February 11)

As the presidential elections get closer, it becomes more and more important for well-informed citizens to understand how statistics are used — and especially, how they are misused.  If you’ve ever wondered what “margin of error” really means, this minicourse, led by visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz, is for you.  We’ll start with the basics — no prior math knowledge is assumed — and by the end, you’ll have a very good sense of how to use mathematical ideas to face the inevitable uncertainty about the future with confidence.  Come for one session of this minicourse, or sign up for all three.  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org.

How vs. Why
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm

What does it mean to grasp a mathematical truth?  Simply understanding a proof is not enough — you want to comprehend why things are true.  Join visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz in an exploration of examples from number theory, algebra, and geometry that will allow you to understand a variety of classic mathematical assertions in an intuitive, visceral, inevitable way.  It will change the way you think about what you think you know!  Learn more and register at questions.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, February 2, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages.  Explore the wonders of paper folding and challenge yourself to master a few models — there’s math in every fold!  Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.

Free trial classes for MathPlay
Tuesday, February 4

9:30 am: 3-year-olds
3:15 pm: 4- and 5-year-olds
MoMath is delighted to offer free 30-minute trial sessions for MathPlay, the Museum’s newest program for preschoolers. MathPlay offers children the opportunity to play well-developed games that help broaden math skills, improve problem-solving skills, and fine-tune motor coordination and social skills.  This program will engage your preschoolers in playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation in math, enriching their day with mathematical inspiration.  MathPlay classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March.  Space is limited!  Learn more and register at mathplay.momath.org.

Statistics for Citizens — a series of three standalone sessions
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on January 28 and February 11)

As the presidential elections get closer, it becomes more and more important for well-informed citizens to understand how statistics are used — and especially, how they are misused.  If you’ve ever wondered what “margin of error” really means, this minicourse, led by visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz, is for you.  We’ll start with the basics — no prior math knowledge is assumed — and by the end, you’ll have a very good sense of how to use mathematical ideas to face the inevitable uncertainty about the future with confidence.  Come for one session of this minicourse, or sign up for all three.  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Dice, Stamps, and Counting: Putting Polynomials to Work” with Brian Hopkins
Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Come on, lucky 7!  Is it possible to label two dice differently and still get the same results as normal dice?  And if you have only four-cent and seven-cent stamps, what different totals can you make?  How can polynomials help with these kinds of questions?  Join mathematician Brian Hopkins as we explore generating functions (a way to count using polynomials) to solve these problems and more.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Prime Suspects: The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations by Andrew Granville and Jennifer Granville
Sunday, February 9, 5:30 pm

Experience mathematics like never before with this unique graphic novel.  When the Mathematical Sciences Investigation team autopsies Arnie Integer and Daisy Permutation, the victims of two seemingly unrelated homicides, they discover extraordinary and unexpected similarities.  Travel with Detective von Neumann as he leaves no stone unturned, then share the excitement of Emmy Germain as she blazes a trail for women in mathematical research and learns from Professor Gauss, the greatest forensic detective of them all.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, February 9, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss the next installment of Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle evening for students in late middle school through high school.  If you’re excited by the idea of a fun-filled, math-focused night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy some snacks, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, February 11, 3:30 pm

Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this enjoyable monthly program.  Learn more and register at workout.momath.org.

Statistics for Citizens — a series of three standalone sessions
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on January 28 and February 4)

As the presidential elections get closer, it becomes more and more important for well-informed citizens to understand how statistics are used — and especially, how they are misused.  If you’ve ever wondered what “margin of error” really means, this minicourse, led by visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz, is for you.  We’ll start with the basics — no prior math knowledge is assumed — and by the end, you’ll have a very good sense of how to use mathematical ideas to face the inevitable uncertainty about the future with confidence.  Come for one session of this minicourse, or sign up for all three.  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, February 13, 5:30 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening featuring a broad array of mathematically rich games.  Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math.  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Game of Nim” with Gregory Michel
Friday, February 14, 6:30 pm

Come learn one of the oldest games in the world!  Nim is a simple, turn-based game, and math can help you unlock the secret to winning.  Learn the rules of Nim, play with a friend, and then, if you’re feeling bold, challenge mathematician and Nim expert Gregory Michel.  After playing some games, we’ll explore binary numbers and see how they can be used to win at Nim every single time you play!  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

2020 MoMath Masters, the annual adult math tournament and charitable benefit
Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath for another edition of the one-of-a-kind MoMath Masters, the exciting annual competition and fundraiser.  Put your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals.  Participate or just come to watch; a good time is had by all.  Register today with your tax-deductible donation and show your support for MoMath at masters.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Come Sail Away: Math for the Cruise Director” with Penny Haxell
Wednesday, March 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

A cruise director is responsible for arranging all social events on a ship.  How can the passengers be split into harmonious groups for dinner seatings and excursions?  What’s a good way to assign partners for an evening of tango lessons?  Come help the cruise director use graph theory to make arrangements such as these — you might even become part of a human computer!  Special introduction by Peter Winkler, MoMath’s Distinguished Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Minds on Math: “The Mathematics of Intelligence: Natural and Artificial” with Dr. Joshua B. Tenenbaum
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm

How can we capture human intelligence in engineering terms, and what are the prospects for someday building machines that are as smart as we are?  Join Dr. Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Professor of Computational Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 2019 MacArthur Fellow, to explore the mathematics of minds, both natural and artificial.  Dr. Tenenbaum will discuss recent results and insights that come from building models of core human common sense; introduce state-of-the-art mathematical concepts from probability, programming, and simulation; and share practical examples of how these tools let us predict and explain our own minds’ workings and ultimately let us build AI systems that come ever closer to human-like intelligence.  This event is free with registration; learn more and register at mathminds.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages.  Explore the wonders of paper folding and challenge yourself to master a few models — there’s math in every fold!  Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.

Solution Set
Sunday, March 8, 10:00 am

Do you love puzzles and enjoy thinking outside the box?  Or when someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Either way, join us for a day spent challenging your mind at a daylong workshop presented by Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics.  This course will cover highlights from Peter’s popular six-session puzzle-solving minicourse, presented last fall.  A light lunch is included.  Learn more and register at puzzleday.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, March 10, 3:30 pm

Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this enjoyable monthly program.  Learn more and register at workout.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening featuring a broad array of mathematically rich games.  Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math.  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Power of Pi”
Friday, March 13, 6:30 pm

Family Friday is Family Pi-day this month!  Many of us know pi as a funny number that goes on and on but never repeats…and that it starts with 3.14…but what does pi actually mean?  What does this famous number represent, and why does it show up in so many places?  And how do we know that it’s really bigger than three and smaller than four?  In this special version of Family Fridays, get ready for a hands-on exploration of the meaning of pi!  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Pi Day 2020
Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Don’t miss MoMath’s exciting celebration of Pi Day this year…visit during the day and enjoy some pi-themed events, including Rhythmic Rotations, MoMath’s signature giant hula-hooping contest in honor of pi.  Then join us for a special Pi Night celebration featuring all sorts of pi…play with some new pi-themed manipulatives, try out the new “Pi Detector,” enjoy pi-themed refreshments, and even participate in a giant group demonstration of the meaning of pi!  MoMath’s Pi Day 2020 events coincide with the first-ever UNESCO International Day of Mathematics — join the worldwide celebration!  Learn more and register at piday2020.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
Sunday, March 15, 5:30 pm

Mike tries hard to please his father, but the only language his dad seems to speak is calculus.  And for a boy with a math learning disability, nothing could be more difficult.  His dad sends him to rural Pennsylvania for the summer to work on an engineering project, but instead, he finds himself part of a town-wide project to adopt a boy from Romania while working alongside his wacky eighty-something-year-old aunt, a homeless man, and a punk-rock girl.  Mike might not learn anything about engineering, but what he does learn is far more valuable.  1 teenage boy + 1 crazy town + 3 weeks – $40,000… you do the math!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, March 15, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss the next installment of Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle evening for students in late middle school through high school.  If you’re excited by the idea of a fun-filled, math-focused night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy some snacks, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Meet Me in Paris: MATRIX x IMAGINARY 2020
Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 11

MoMath is pleased to announce that it is joining forces with Institut Henri Poincaré and the IMAGINARY team to bring you MATRIX x IMAGINARY 2020.  If you work with a math museum or want to create one; if you design, create, or operate math exhibits; or if you are involved or want to be involved in math outreach or creative math programming, then this is the conference for you!  Join us for four days of sharing, networking, and learning as we gather in Paris for the fourth biennial MATRIX conference.  For more information, visit matrix.momath.org.


Perspectives: The MoMath Summer College Volunteer Program
Each summer, MoMath offers Perspectives, a volunteer program for college undergraduates.  Students who complete Perspectives gain a strong level of knowledge and experience in what it takes to operate a successful business, as well as exposure to a variety of interesting programs, lectures, and people.  The expected commitment is five days per week for eight to twelve weeks, and it typically includes assignments on the floor of the Museum, in the retail shop, and in MoMath’s administrative office.  Perspectives is an unpaid volunteer program.  MoMath is currently accepting applications and will be admitting candidates on a rolling basis.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students for ongoing volunteer roles during summer vacation and/or the academic year.  The Integrators program offers a unique chance to improve interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  MoMath students interact with visitors on the Museum floor and train with professional educators, interpreters, and managers.  Students who participate during summer vacation commit five days per week.  During the school year, this opportunity requires a commitment of approximately one day per week, typically a Saturday or Sunday, from September through June.  Apply now for summer 2020, or the 2020-2021 school year, or both!  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

Substitutions: MoMath’s substitute educator program
If you enjoy the flexibility and pace of per-diem classroom education, consider applying to MoMath’s substitute educator program, Substitutions.  MoMath is looking for motivated, experienced substitute teachers who can engage a room full of students and share their love of enriching mathematics — training provided!  This program offers flexible scheduling to accommodate your needs, competitive pay, and the potential for regular engagement.  Learn more about educator positions and apply at jobs.momath.org.

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s Derivatives program (derivatives.momath.org) or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience, to discover the wonder of mathematics (explorations.momath.org).  Don’t miss your chance to see math in a whole new light, only at MoMath.

Summations: MoMath’s homeschool program
Homeschool students can experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip!  With the Summations program, homeschoolers can spend the afternoon learning about the math behind MoMath’s engaging interactive exhibits or participating in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience along with other homeschool families.  Learn more at summations.momath.org.

Events, birthday parties, and more
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 40 engaging exhibits?  Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry: amidst all the activity, there is plenty of space for gala-worthy dinners, over-the-top birthday bashes, laser-cutting parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  Email programservices@momath.org for more information.

School and group visits
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 kids of all ages love visiting the Museum.  Register at fieldtrips.momath.org.

Free trips for Title I schools
Thanks to the support of organizations including Con Edison, Two Sigma, and The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, as well as New York City Council Member Mark Levine, 7th District, and some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To apply for a free trip in the 2019-2020 school year, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.


Beautiful Math
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.

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