Upcoming Events at MoMath

Now open: Math Unfolded, curated by Charlene Morrow and Wendy Zeichner of OrigamiUSA
Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Start with a piece of flat paper, make a few folds, and suddenly you have a landscape of mountains and valleys, shadows and light.  Make more folds and you have an object that is deeply surprising in its transformation and artistic beauty.  Math Unfolded demonstrates how origami artists can persuade paper to embody the beauty of mathematics.  Come see the creations of more than 20 artists who use mathematical inventions and interpretations to create compelling works of art — including two origami dresses!  Learn more at unfolded.momath.org.

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Symmetry Code: Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
Tuesday, August 27, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Combine technology and creativity in this engaging half-day course.  Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Language to explore symmetry computationally, then use their newfound skills to create their own symmetrical designs.  A personalized T-shirt incorporating the final design is included as a souvenir of the program, which is appropriate for 7th through 12th graders with an appropriate math background.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need, thanks to the generosity of BNY Mellon.  Learn more and register at symmetry.momath.org.

Want to attend but can’t make either date?  Note that this course is also being offered on weekend dates, September 14 and September 22.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, August 31, 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.

Math Encounters: “Irrational Investigation: Why Pi Sometimes Equals 4” with Cornelia Van Cott
Wednesday, September 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Most of your mathematical life, you’ve known that pi is an irrational number somewhere between 3.1 and 3.2.  But if we exchange the usual notion of distance in two-dimensional space for other notions, pi can be any of an infinite number of different values.  What are these values?  You’ll be surprised at the twists and turns we encounter when we leave the safety of traditional distance measures for these uncharted territories.  Special introduction by Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco Professor of Mathematics and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Proof School.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

The Mathematics of Simple Things
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm

Very simple objects can yield great mathematical richness.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in this first of an occasional series as he describes the surprising (and mathematical!) fun you can have with items as simple as a bag of cheap balloons and a tube of Skittles.  Learn more and register at most.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, September 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.

MathPlay, MoMath’s program for toddlers and preschoolers
Thursdays, September 12 through November 14

MoMath is delighted to announce that preschool specialist Ms. Lisa will be hosting the new MathPlay program, for children together with their caregivers.  Recent studies have shown that a child’s math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades.  Math learning promotes working memory, improves attention, and increases other basic cognitive skills.  MathPlay will engage your toddlers and preschoolers in playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation in math, enriching their day with mathematical inspiration.  FREE Museum admission is included with registration; a caregiver must be present during each 30-minute session.  Learn more and register at mathplay.momath.org.

Symmetry Code: Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Combine technology and creativity in this engaging half-day course.  Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Language to explore symmetry computationally, then use their newfound skills to create their own symmetrical designs.  A personalized T-shirt incorporating the final design is included as a souvenir of the program, which is appropriate for 7th through 12th graders with an appropriate math background.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need, thanks to the generosity of BNY Mellon.  Learn more and register at symmetry.momath.org

Want to attend but can’t make the date?  Note that this course is also being offered on a weekday (August 27) and on a Sunday afternoon (September 22).

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, September 15, 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.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Sunday, September 15, 5:30 pm

Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds.  At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers.  Now he’s fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon.  Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he’s a lonely kid.  When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies.  But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, September 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.  Register now at unlimited.momath.org.

Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles
A six-session minicourse beginning Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 pm

When someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Many very intelligent people think they’re bad at puzzle-solving — and always will be.  And most of them are wrong.  Like many things in life, puzzle-solving is an acquired skill; a bit of experience and a few tips can go a long way.  Of course, there’s no set way to solve puzzles; if there were, they would be textbook exercises, not uniquely tricky conundrums.  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, as he helps us discover that each puzzle has its own logic.  A world of fun and satisfaction awaits once you find your way in!  Learn more and register at solutions.momath.org.  

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football by John Urschel and Louisa Thomas
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm

In this bestselling autobiography, John Urschel, mathematician and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, tells the story of a life balanced between two passions.  What began as an insatiable appetite for puzzles as a child developed into mastery of the elegant systems and rules of mathematics.  But football challenged Urschel in an entirely different way, and he became addicted to the physical contact of the sport.  Against the odds, Urschel found a way to manage his double life as a scholar and an athlete, playing in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in mathematics at MIT.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, September 19, 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.

Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Thursdays, September 19, October 24, November 14, and December 12, 7:00 pm

99.99% of the decisions we make are made without the use of formal mathematics, yet math plays an important part in shaping our intuition.  Can we improve our intuition?  Can we identify and overcome the difficulties we humans have in dealing with probabilities?  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, for a series of exclusive dinner events during which probability and decision theory will be explored in the context of puzzles — realistic or contrived — whose answers may surprise us.  The objective?  Have fun while discovering some new ways to deal with our uncertain world.  Attend individual dinners (each held at a local fine dining establishment) or sign up for all four, but don’t delay — space is extremely limited for these exclusive events.  Learn more and register at intuition.momath.org.

Symmetry Code: Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
Sunday, September 22, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Combine technology and creativity in this engaging half-day course.  Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Language to explore symmetry computationally, then use their newfound skills to create their own symmetrical designs.  A personalized T-shirt incorporating the final design is included as a souvenir of the program, which is appropriate for 7th through 12th graders with an appropriate math background.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need, thanks to the generosity of BNY Mellon.  Learn more and register at symmetry.momath.org.

Want to attend but can’t make the date?  Note that this course is also being offered on a weekday (August 27) and on a Saturday morning (September 14).

Minds on Math: What does research tell us about the foundations of math in early childhood?
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 pm

Research in developmental cognitive science sheds light on a set of mathematical abilities that are present at birth, that function throughout life, and that guide children’s mastery of new mathematical concepts and operations.  Can these findings provide ways to make education in mathematics more effective for all children?  Join Dr. Elizabeth Spelke, Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, as she shares results and insights from laboratory-based research as well as field experiments in homes and schools in India and Ghana.  Findings from these studies illustrate both the promise and the challenges of building on basic research to support children’s learning, suggesting ways that all families might enhance their children’s learning of and love for mathematics.  Minds on Math is jointly sponsored by the Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU and the National Museum of Mathematics.  For more information and to register, visit mathminds.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Puzzling with Pentominoes” with Vince Matsko
Friday, September 27, 6:30 pm
The pentominoes are the twelve geometric figures which can be made by gluing five squares together, edge-to-edge — just think of Tetris-like shapes, but using five squares instead of four.  Join mathematician and puzzle enthusiast Vince Matsko for an evening of intense puzzledom using these deceptively simple shapes.  Tackle a wide range of challenges: easier puzzles may take just a few minutes to solve, but get ready to exercise your brain — the more challenging puzzles may take an hour or more!  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Paradoxes in Probability: Surprising Results and Why They Matter” with Alon Amit
Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Probability theory has a unique distinction among mathematical fields: it is often at odds with human intuition, sometimes very sharply so.  Beyond setting up various apparent “paradoxes” of intuition or logic, those counterintuitive aspects sometimes have quite dramatic manifestations in real-life situations.  Test your intuition on a variety of simple problems and explore how such paradoxes have crept into scientific research, executive board rooms, and policy making.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Japanese Puzzle Party
Saturday, October 5, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

If you like Sudoku, you’ll love Shikaku, the new puzzle that spices up numerical logic challenges by including the concept of area.  Your goal?  To divide the grid into rectangular regions so that each region contains only one number, and that number is exactly the area of the region in which it sits.  Join Yoshi Anpuku, creator of Shikaku, for an afternoon of Japanese logic puzzles.  Plus, as an added bonus, meet and chat with Maki Kaji, founder of Japanese logic puzzle company Nikoli Co., Ltd. and godfather of Sudoku.  Learn more and register at logicpuzzles.momath.org.

Minds on Math — for families!
Sunday, October 6, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Drop by MoMath any time between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to join the Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU for the Museum’s first Minds on Math family event!  Experts from the Lab will be on hand to discuss Dr. Elizabeth Spelke’s talk, “Foundations of Mathematics in Early Childhood,” in a way that’s informative to parents of young children.  There will be examples (from Spelke’s research) of games children have played as well as examples of similar games from the Lab’s own research here in New York City.  Have fun playing these math and science games with your family and learn how to explore your own children’s growth and development in math.  Minds on Math — for families! is free with Museum admission, and no registration is required.  [Note that Dr. Elizabeth Spelke (Harvard University) is the inaugural speaker for the Minds on Math series; don’t miss her presentation on September 25, aimed at a general audience.  The September 25 presentation is free, but registration is required: mathminds.momath.org.]

Math Progressions
Tuesdays, beginning October 8 through December 3, 8:30 am  
Are you considering becoming a math educator or getting more involved in math outreach?  MoMath is now offering a special opportunity to participate in an eight-week professional development program, Math Progressions.  Discuss classroom best practices and learn about pedagogical topics such as fixed versus growth mindsets, setting expectations, handling difficult situations, and increasing student engagement.  Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in a group setting using creative math sessions focused on cryptography, geometry, graph theory, probability, and topology.  Tuition discounts may be available for those with demonstrated financial need.  Learn more at progressions.momath.org.  

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, October 8, 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.

The Story of Shikaku
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pm 

Meet Yoshi Anpuku, inventor of Shikaku, and hear the story of how this engaging new puzzle was born.  After learning about its history, join an audience solving session, starting with easy puzzles and quickly advancing.   Plus, hear from Maki Kaji, founder of Japanese logic puzzle company Nikoli Co., Ltd. and godfather of Sudoku, about how he helped turn a logic-based, combinatorial, number-placement puzzle into a worldwide phenomenon.  Learn more and register at shikaku.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin by Michael D. Beil
Sunday, October 13, 5:30 pm

When there are mysteries to be solved, the Red Blazer Girls are on the case!  The discovery of the Ring of Rocamadour has secured the girls’ reputation as Upper East Side super-sleuths, bringing many job requests and some unwanted attention from crooks.  This time the girls must follow a trail of cryptic clues, involving everything from logic to literature, to trace a rare violin gone missing.  If you like upbeat, present-day mysteries with puzzles to solve and codes to crack, you won’t want to miss this funny, adventurous, and fast-paced read.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, October 13, 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.  Register now at unlimited.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Humans by Matt Haig
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm

When an extra-terrestrial visitor takes on the form of a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, he is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet.  But in his disguise as a human, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music and a taste for peanut butter, and slowly, unexpectedly, forges personal bonds with the natives of this planet, finding hope and beauty in human imperfections.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Wednesday, October 16, 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.

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Sign up now for 2019 Transformations summer camp at MoMath — limited spots remain!
Rising first through ninth graders, spend August exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program.  Through full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and creative projects, math will come alive for each and every participant.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics; limited spaces remain, so sign up soon!  To learn more, visit transformations.momath.org.

Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students for ongoing volunteer roles from September through June.  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.  School-year volunteers commit one day each weekend; applications for fall 2019 will be accepted through the end of summer.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students (separated by level)
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, beginning in September

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in first through eighth grade, Expansions hands-on lessons 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 several levels; admission is by application only.  To learn more, visit expansions.momath.org.  MoMath is currently accepting applications for limited spots in the fall 2019 session.

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.

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 events@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.

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We need you!
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 4-hour shifts each month, please send an email to jobs@momath.org with the subject line “MoMath integrator.”  Please include a cover letter, current résumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 500 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

We hope to see you at MoMath!