Upcoming Events at MoMath
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Pascal’s Triangle and Interesting Numbers” with Char Morrow
Friday, June 22, 6:30 pm
What do the numbers 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 21, 28… have in common? And why are they so interesting to mathematicians, to statisticians, and even to artists? Pascal’s Triangle provides a “catalog” listing all such numbers. If you don’t already know about this magical triangle — or even if you do — you won’t want to miss the hands-on exploration of this incredibly fascinating collection of numbers, guided by Char Morrow, Faculty Emeritus, Mount Holyoke College and Chair, Board of Directors, OrigamiUSA. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Jazz musicians and mathematicians view their work in much the same way: mastery of theory, problem solving, skill sets, and joyous, spontaneous creation are all part of the deep history and the ongoing development of jazz and mathematics. Quadrivium, a new Math + Music after-hours event at MoMath hosted by jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller, brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth. The next installment of the series will feature Mark Gross, the musical director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Jazz Education, and James Tanton, Chair of the MoMath Advisory Council, Mathematician in Residence at the Mathematical Association of America, and founder of the Global Math Project. Stick around after the talk for live music, refreshments, and an alcohol-free dance party on Manhattan’s coolest dance floor! Learn more and register at quadrivium.momath.org.
The fireworks may be over but at MoMath, the explosive delights are just beginning! Steve Sherman, Chief Imagination Officer and Executive Daydreamer, Living Maths, joins us from South Africa for an exclusive appearance, one day only. Don’t miss this exciting, action-packed show that will take you on a journey of discovery filled with Eureka! moments and side-splitting laughter. Be prepared to have your mind tickled and your brain massaged as Steve’s crazy antics, coupled with loads of audience participation, leave you smiling from ear to ear. Learn more and register at mathem-antics.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Calculated Movements: The Surprising Connections Between Math and Dance” with Karl Schaffer
Wednesday, July 11, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Employing performance excerpts, audience interactions, and engaging visuals, choreographer and mathematician Karl Schaffer will demonstrate how the seemingly disparate disciplines of dance and math inspire each other. Shape and geometry, pattern and symmetry, counting and estimation, design and structure, coherence and logic, time and space, and, perhaps most importantly, a reverence for elegant solutions, provide a shared framework for a fascinating demonstration of how the creative process is the fundamental fuel that drives human achievement across disciplines. Special introduction by Presidential Award-winning educator Dave Masunaga. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org. Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Powers of Two” with Ron Lancaster
Friday, July 13, 6:30 pm
Solve a puzzle based on eliminating cards from a pile and study a related magic trick; play the four numbers game; watch candy being made in South Korea; view photographs of windows; perform a stunt with a telephone book; and read poems by an award-winning Canadian poet. In each of these activities, powers of two will make an unexpected — and unexpectedly powerful — appearance. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Join the MoMath technology team for its second annual weekend of fun and creation, courtesy of the generous support of Two Sigma. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the tech that makes the magic happen and a sneak peek at some of the exciting new projects in the works. Hack in teams to imagine how the latest augmented reality platforms can be used to expand an exhibit experience beyond the physical world, develop interactive web features and demonstrations of your favorite mathematical topics, or experiment with software development kits for two of the Museum’s breathtaking exhibits, Dynamic Wall and Math Square. Winning projects may be incorporated into the Museum experience! Learn more and register at hackathon.momath.org.
Put on a pair of imaginary mathematical glasses with MoMath and internationally acclaimed educator Ron Lancaster. Take a tour through beautiful Madison Square Park to find a host of hidden mathematical objects, including hexagons, chessboards, and even a mysterious appearance of the Fibonacci sequence hundreds of feet above the park! Discover the math in New York’s iconic Flatiron Building and take a mathematical look at ice cream prices and queuing theory at the Shake Shack. Space is limited to just 30 lucky participants per tour. Register now to join the fun: mathwalk.momath.org.
Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm to 4:00 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.
Third Annual NYC Math Festival
Saturday, August 18, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.
Add a little math to your summer! The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is pleased to present the third annual NYC Math Festival on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, providing a full day of math fun in the sun. Bring your friends and the entire family to Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers. But that’s not all… the day will also include exciting performances, group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, and the largest bagel juggling event you’ve ever seen! Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath: we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift needs. For more information about this not-to-be-missed event, visit nycmath.momath.org.
Are you a math educator, mathematician, or science museum professional interested in math outreach? If so, the 2018 MATRIX conference may be for you! Join MoMath and our colleagues from MMACA and other math museums around the world for the third biennial international conference on math outreach, taking place in lovely Barcelona, Spain, this October 29 through 31. For more information or to register, visit matrix.momath.org.
Rising first through ninth graders, spend the summer exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program. Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics, so sign up early for a spot. This year, MoMath introduces the new Gammas level, exclusively for deep-diving seventh through ninth graders! To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.
Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon 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. Apply now at expansions.momath.org.
Expansions offers sessions at several levels that are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age. Admission is by application only. To learn more and apply, visit expansions.momath.org.
Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s new Derivatives tour program, or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics. Don’t miss your chance to see math in a whole new light, only at MoMath.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.