Upcoming Events at MoMath

Event Details Ongoing Programs

MoMath at a Glance

Now offering online programs and virtual field trips!

 

Ongoing

Online Field Trips, virtual visits to MoMath for students and educators!
Online Mind-Benders for the Quarantined!, weekly mathematical puzzles from MoMath’s puzzle master, Dr. Winkler

Now accepting applications

Online Expansions gifted program at MoMath, now including high school sessions with Paul Zeitz!
Online MathPlay, MoMath’s program for preschoolers
Transformations 2020, the summer camp at MoMath
Mon, Mar 23–Fri, Mar 27 Online MoMath Student Sessions
Thu, Mar 26 Online Ask a Mathematician – Anything! with Alex Kontorovich
Thu, Mar 26 Online Trial classes for MathPlay, MoMath’s program for preschoolers
Tue, Mar 31 Online Trial class for MathPlay, MoMath’s program for preschoolers
Tue, Mar 31 Online Math Flash!  A New Look at an Old Problem
Wed, Apr 1 Online Math Encounters: “Vulnerable in Digital Life: How Graph Theory Can Help Us Understand and Protect Our Digital Selves” with Allison Bishop
Tue, Apr 7 Online Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tue, Apr 7 Online Statistics for Citizens, part 4: Regression
Fri, Apr 10 Family Fridays: “Math Meets Art: Making a Rubik’s Cube Mosaic” with Lauren Rose
Mon, Apr 13–Fri, Apr 17 Online MoMath Mini-Camp Sessions: April 2020
Tue, Apr 14 Online Games of Little to No Chance minicourse, first session
Thu, Apr 16 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Thu, Apr 16 Online Mathematical Solitaire is NOT Boring
Sun, Apr 19 Online Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Apr 19 Online Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Tue, Apr 21 Online Games of Little to No Chance minicourse, second session
Wed, Apr 22 Online Person Place Thing — join MoMath for a live radio recording
Wed, Apr 22 Deadline to apply to the Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication!
Fri, Apr 24 Online The Joy of Mistakes
Wed, Apr 29 Online Patterns are Never Enough
Wed, May 6 Math Encounters with Bart de Smit — save the date!
Thu, May 14 Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle with Jay Pasachoff
Fri, May 15 Family Fridays: “Sky Spectaculars: Now You See It, Now You Don’t!” with Jay Pasachoff
Fri, May 15 Deadline to apply to the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching!
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



Event Details

Online Field Trips
Ongoing

MoMath is pleased to offer private online educator-led, hands-on field trips.  MoMath online field trips can accommodate up to 96 students.  Learn more and register at fieldtrips.momath.org.

Online Mind-Benders for the Quarantined!
Ongoing

MoMath is pleased to announce a new program to keep your minds fresh!  Each Sunday, MoMath will send you a challenging mathematical puzzle from the collection of our own puzzle master, Dr. Peter Winkler.  On Tuesday, you’ll receive a subtle hint; on Thursday, a serious push; on Saturday, the solution. And the next day, of course, a new puzzle.  Learn more and register at mindbenders.momath.org.

Online MoMath Student Sessions
Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27

Whether your child is already passionate about mathematics or just starting to explore its wonders, MoMath Online Student Sessions will expose your child to cool areas of mathematics not covered in school and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics.  Learn more and register at studentsessions.momath.org.

Online Ask a Mathematician – Anything!  Free one-hour online session with Alex Kontorovich
Thursday, March 26, 11:00 am

Ever wanted to ask a mathematician something, maybe about a curious new idea you have, or a concept you’d like to understand better?  Don’t know whom to ask?  Here’s your chance!  MoMath’s Dean of Academic Content and Rutgers Math Professor Alex Kontorovich will host a free one-hour online session this Thursday, March 26 starting at 11:00 am (Eastern Time).  Register at askmath.momath.org.

Online trial classes for MathPlay, MoMath’s program for preschoolers
Thursday, March 26, 9:30 am for 3-year-olds
Thursday, March 26, 4:00 pm for 4- and 5-year-olds
Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 pm for 4- and 5-year-olds
Led by an experienced preschool specialist, MathPlay offers children the opportunity to play well-developed games that help broaden math skills, improve problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor coordination, and enhance communication and social skills.  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.  Trial classes are 30 minutes long and are only available to students who have not previously attended any MathPlay sessions.  Register at mathplay.momath.org.

Online Math Flash!  A New Look at an Old Problem
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm
People have been solving quadratic equations for thousands of years, with millions (or perhaps even billions) of people using a memorized — but not necessarily understood — formula.  Join Po-Shen Loh, social entrepreneur, Carnegie Mellon math professor, and national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, as he shares a simple alternative to rote memorization.  As recently described in The New York Times, a sequence of simple steps, components of which have been known for hundreds (or even thousands) of years, can be combined in a retrospectively obvious way, bringing clarity and beauty to the solution of these age-old problems.  Learn more and register at mathflash.momath.org.

Online Math Encounters: “Vulnerable in Digital Life: How Graph Theory Can Help Us Understand and Protect Our Digital Selves” with Allison Bishop
Wednesday, April 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join cryptographer and data scientist Allison Bishop, President of Proof Trading, on a journey into the mind of an attacker in cyberspace.  Learn how to map the structure of your digital life, systematically probe it for weakness, and improve your defenses.  Then, join us in an activity to see how well you’d do against a simulated attack!  Special introduction by mathematician David Saltman, Director of the Center for Communications Research, Princeton University.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Online Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, April 7, 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.

Online Statistics for Citizens, part 4: Regression
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 pm

This is an encore session, by popular demand, of the January–February minicourse that wrapped up with an explanation of normal distribution, margin of error, and confidence intervals.  Building on this knowledge, we will examine how statistics analyzes the relationship between two variables — specifically, the technique of linear regression.  If you have always wondered about statements like, “heredity only determines 30% of IQ,” this session is for you.  Note: This is part four of a series, but newcomers are welcome — we will catch you up!  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Math Meets Art: Making a Rubik’s Cube Mosaic” with Lauren Rose
Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm

The Rubik’s Cube is a versatile puzzle whose tactile nature and complexity make it fun and interesting to all ages and experience levels; it can also enhance problem-solving and mathematical skills.  But did you know that Rubik’s Cubes can also be a source of creative and artistic play?  Join mathematician and math educator Lauren Rose as we design and construct beautiful patterns with Rubik’s Cubes.  No previous experience with Rubik’s Cubes is assumed, and anyone between the ages of 9 and 99 will enjoy this unique, hands-on workshop.  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

MoMath Mini-Camp: April 2020
Monday, April 13–Friday, April 17, 9:00 am

For thousands of years, people have navigated the Earth by looking at the stars.  Did you ever wonder how?  Come find out about this and more as we learn the math behind traveling on land, at sea, and even in outer space.  MoMath Mini-Camps are a great way to spend school holidays and enjoy hands-on fun in mathematics.  Learn more and register at minicamp.momath.org.

Online Games of Little to No Chance, a two-session minicourse
Tuesday, April 14 (second session on April 21), 6:30 pm

Gambling is for suckers.  Mathematicians prefer games that can be analyzed, where it is possible to discover and implement guaranteed winning strategies, or at least strategies where the probability of winning is more than 50%.  Join Paul Zeitz as he shares techniques for analyzing simple and not-so-simple games and explains how to design “sucker bets” that will fool even the most sophisticated adversaries.  Learn more and register at chance.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, April 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.

Online Mathematical Solitaire is NOT Boring
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm

Simple one-player games provide a fantastic distillation of mathematical investigation.  Join Paul Zeitz to learn how to play — and become awestruck by — Bulgarian solitaire, Conway’s Soldiers, and others.  Learn more and register at solitaire.momath.org.

Online Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Boy Who Reversed Himself by William Sleator
Sunday, April 19, 5:30 pm

When Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed, she’s baffled until she learns an unbelievable secret: her weird neighbor, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension.  Laura convinces him to take her there and then goes there on her own.  There’s only one problem — she doesn’t know how to get back.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Online Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, April 19, 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.

Online Games of Little to No Chance, a two-session minicourse
Tuesday, April 21 (first session on April 14), 6:30 pm

Gambling is for suckers.  Mathematicians prefer games that can be analyzed, where it is possible to discover and implement guaranteed winning strategies, or at least strategies where the probability of winning is more than 50%.  Join Paul Zeitz as he shares techniques for analyzing simple and not-so-simple games and explains how to design “sucker bets” that will fool even the most sophisticated adversaries.  Learn more and register at chance.momath.org.

Online Person Place Thing
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 pm

Join MoMath for the live recording of a special episode of Randy Cohen’s radio show, Person Place Thing.  The evening features a conversation with mathematician Alex Kontorovich and live music by jazz saxophonist and Harvard-trained mathematician Marcus Miller and friends.  Learn more and register at personplace.momath.org.

Online The Joy of Mistakes
Friday, April 24, 6:30 pm

One of the great things about math — real math, not school math — is that mistakes are not bugs, but features.  Mistakes often lead to new ideas and new ways of thinking about things.  What happens if we add fractions the “wrong” way?  In elementary school, we’d get corrected.  As mathematicians, we enter a world of wonders.  Likewise, a naive algebra mistake called the “freshman’s dream” leads to fantastic mathematical insights.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in exploring the joy of mistakes.  Learn more and register at mistakes.momath.org.

Online Patterns Are Never Enough
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 pm

G.H. Hardy once said, “A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.  If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.”  But just finding a pattern is never sufficient — you need to make sure that your pattern is true.  Join Paul Zeitz in an exploration of a variety of situations in which what initially appears to be a beautiful pattern turns out to be just a mirage, and in the process, discover some of the mysteries at the frontier of research mathematics.  Learn more and register at mirage.momath.org.

Math Encounters with Bart de Smit — save the date!
Wednesday, May 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Math Encounters is MoMath’s popular free public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, produced with support from the Simons Foundation.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 pm

As a veteran of 35 total solar eclipses, 17 annular solar eclipses, and 19 partial solar eclipses, as well as two transits of Venus and 4 transits of Mercury across the face of the Sun, astronomer Jay Pasachoff is uniquely positioned to share recent scientific work related to eclipses, international coordination of observations, and future plans.  What role does mathematics play in predicting eclipses, from the ancient saros observations to Halley’s 1715 map, and from Bessel’s 19th-century equations to today’s web-based zoom-and-click maps?  How do theoretical predictions based on magnetic-field measurements, emission spectra of high ionization lines, and radio observations compare to the high res images available today?  How is math used at the times of transits of Venus and Mercury to find the distance to the Sun?  Join us to find out!  Learn more and register at solar.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Sky Spectaculars: Now You See It, Now You Don’t!” with Jay Pasachoff
Friday, May 15, 6:30 pm

Join Professor Jay Pasachoff, one of three people who have seen more total solar eclipses than anybody else in the world, for an evening celebrating the wonder and delight of observable events in our solar system.  What makes the sun disappear, and what’s the best way to watch it when it does?  Why are some eclipses full and others partial, and what causes an annular (ring) eclipse?  When can we see the next partial and total eclipses in New York, and what other exciting things will be happening in our skies?  Professor Pasachoff, Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Solar Eclipses and a professor at Williams College, takes us on an exciting journey of mathematical discovery, including a hands-on demonstration illustrating why solar and lunar eclipses occur just a few times each year.  Register at familyfridays.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 more than one 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
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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 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.

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