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  • 11/01/2018 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MoMath friends,

    What does West Side Story have to do with mathematics?  It’s all about the rhythm, especially when reimagined by multi-Grammy-nominated Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria!  Don’t miss a discussion of the math and music featuring Bobby, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, and Rutgers math professor Alex Kontorovich, or the live performance featuring the Multiverse Big Band, performed in MoMath's intimate event space.  Practicality more your speed?  Explore the math of transit systems, use modeling to evaluate risk, and learn about the hidden dangers of algorithms embedded in the world around us.  Plus, meet YouTube star Grant Sanderson of 3blue1brown and listen as Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava shares the story of how his curiosity about patterns in the world around us led him to an award-winning career in mathematics.  Metrics, models, Manjul, and Maria...don’t miss the exciting lineup of events at MoMath!

    MoMath at a Glance  
    Wednesdays PolyPals, MoMath's toddler and preschool program for budding mathematicians!
    Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions gifted program at MoMath 
    Wednesdays through Dec 12 Math & Magic with Manjul, an eight-week minicourse with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
    Sun, Nov 4 Symmetry Code, Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
    Tue, Nov 6 Metros and Metrics — professional development day for educators
    Wed, Nov 7 Math Encounters: "Certain Variation: You Never Step in the Same River Twice" with Gerald van Belle
    Mon, Nov 12 Symmetry Code, Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
    Tue, Nov 13 "When to Lie in Teaching Math" with Grant Sanderson of 3blue1brown
    Thu, Nov 15 “Should I Insure My Phone?  Games and Mathematics for Modeling Risk”
    Fri, Nov 16 Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
    Fri, Nov 16 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Recycled Math" with Nick Sayers
    Sat, Nov 17 Equilibriuman evening of mathematical games
    Sun, Nov 18 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
    Sun, Nov 18 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
    Sun, Nov 18 Unlimited, MoMath's mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
    Fri, Nov 23 through Sun, Nov 25 Escher: The Exhibition and Experience — a special tour of the exhibit with Presidential Award-winner Dave Masunaga 
    Tue, Nov 27 "Patterns in Nature: how they inspired my mathematical journey" with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
    Sat, Dec 1 QuadriviumMoMath's Math plus Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller and special guests
    Tues, Dec 4 West Side StoryThe Man, the Music, the Math
    Wed, Dec 5 Math Encounters: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" with Cathy O'Neil
    Thurs, Dec 6 Volumesthe MoMath book club: How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space by Janna Levin
    Sat, Dec 8 "West Side Story Reimagined" performed by the multi-Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
    Sun, Dec 9 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Unknowns by Benedict Carey
    Sun, Dec 9 Unlimited, MoMath's mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
    Fri, Dec 14 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Reach Out and Touch Space!" with Bjoern Muetzel 
    Sat, Dec 15 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
    Sat, Dec 15 Equilibrium, an evening of mathematical games
    Wed, Jan 2 Math Encounters: "Golden Textures: The Art of Dissecting Golden Geometries" with Doug McKenna
    Fri, Jan 11 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma
    Sun, Jan 13 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
    Sun, Jan 13 Tween Primesthe MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Lawn Boy (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #7) by Gary Paulsen
    Sun, Jan 13 Unlimited, MoMath's mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
    Sat, Jan 19 Equilibriuman evening of mathematical games
    Mon, Jan 28 M-Cubed — professional development day for educators
    Thurs, Jan 31 Volumesthe MoMath book club: The Art of Logic in an Illogical World by Eugenia Cheng
    Weekends MoMath's Derivatives tour program and Explorations educator-led sessions, available upon request


  • 10/23/2018 8:24 AM | Anonymous
    T³™ Webinar | Deep Dive Into TI-84 Plus Technology Series, No. 3: Using Images and Apps as Tools for Inquiry
    Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Central time
    Presenters: Karen Campe, John LaMaster

    Register now > 

    Dear Amanda,

    You are invited to join us for a live, online session that will cover classroom-proven ways to foster inquiry using images and apps that are pre-loaded on your TI-84 Plus family graphing calculator. 

    This webinar in the TI-84 Plus technology Deep Dive series will explore ways to: 

    • Showcase the pre-built images and develop mathematical models with the Manual-Fit line, as well as QuickPlot and Fit Equation tools
    • Set the stage for rich learning contexts with the Transformation Graphing app
    • Support discovery and exploration with other pre-loaded apps (as time permits)
    Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which may qualify for school- or district-level professional development credit. 

    We hope you will participate in this webinar tomorrow evening. Register now > 

    Best regards,

    Charlyne Young
    TI Educator Support Team


  • 10/15/2018 8:05 AM | Anonymous

    http://www.courant.com/obituaries/hc-extraordinary-life-bob-rosenbaum-0325-story.html


    Bob Rosenbaum was a mathematician with a wry sense of humor and a desire to make math more accessible to all. He taught at Wesleyan University, where he is credited with helping shape it into the prestigious liberal arts institution it is today.


    “He was, hands down, the most influential and constructive faculty member at Wesleyan in the second half of the 20th century,” Prof. Karl Scheibe wrote in a college newsletter. “He was a brilliant teacher, a superb athlete, and a voracious student of the life of the mind, of nature, of art and music — with an infectious sense of humor.”


    Robert A. Rosenbaum, an emeritus professor of mathematics and the sciences at Wesleyan, died Dec. 3 in Colorado, after moving there in 2013 to be closer to his children. He was 102.

    His career at Wesleyan, which began in 1953, encompassed teaching and administration. Although he told an oral biographer that he didn’t think he was very good at administration, he served as dean of sciences, provost, vice-president of academic affairs and acting president, and could have been chosen as president if he had wanted. “He was quite insistent on not becoming head dog permanently,” Scheibe said.


    “I never enjoyed the work,” Rosenbaum told friends of administration. “I enjoyed classroom teaching more.”

    He became very interested in the way math or arithmetic was taught in high schools, and was the organizing spirit behind PIMMS, or Project to Increase Mastery in Mathematics and Science, which ran summer seminars for math and science high school teachers beginning in 1979.


    Along with other faculty members, Rosenbaum proposed that Wesleyan institute graduate programs in math, the sciences and music. He pushed for the construction of a science center, tweaked the curriculum and played a leading role in establishing the Center for African-American Studies and recruited the school’s first professor of African-American studies. “He took the opportunity to make statements about the kind of social justice we are supposed to stand for,” said his son Robert. “He had a very broad idea of what education should contain.”


    As an administrator during the years of student protests in the late 1960’s, Rosenbaum was even-handed. Wesleyan was grappling with the recent re-admission of women, an endowment that was endangered, anti-war sentiment, and the anger and disappointment of many African-American students. When students went on strike after the U.S. bombed Cambodia in May 1970, Rosenbaum supported their protests while opposing violence and retaining academic standards.


    “He recognized, in the energies of protest, the voice of conscience and the chance to join learning with action,” colleague Richard Ohmann wrote in a tribute in Wesleyan Magazine.

    “Bob was at his best … calm, modest, reassuring, listening,” wrote Prof. Nathanael Greene. “As acting president, his was an amazing feat of politics and perseverance.”


    Rosenbaum had a subtle British wit that helped defuse tension. At one faculty meeting, a colleague ended his angry remarks with a threat to sue the college. “Bob’s quick response, ‘Thanks. But not very much,’ evoked laughter, even from the potential litigant. That brief remark served its purpose admirably,” Greene said.

    Rosenbaum was born on Nov. 14, 1915, and grew up in Milford, where his father taught math at a private school. Joseph Rosenbaum, who was born in Russia, had emigrated to the United States and gone to Yale and earned a Ph.D in math. He used to take Bob on long walks where he would pose complicated math problems, such as “imagine the corners on a dodecahedron” — a solid figure with 12 flat faces. Bob recalled that he would have preferred playing with friends, but he grew to appreciate the challenge.


    “My father thought this was a good way of teaching me mathematics, which eventually would become the intellectual field that I enjoyed most,” Rosenbaum told a Wesleyan interviewer. “I thought there could be nothing more beautiful than mathematics, and that I could make anybody see that beauty.”

    When Bob Rosenbaum went to Yale at the age of 16 — he had started schooling early and skipped some grades — he majored in math and followed a narrow curriculum consisting mainly of math and science courses. He found Yale difficult: He had little money and felt isolated. He graduated in 1936, and after a fellowship at Cambridge University, he spent two years at Yale doing graduate work, then accepted a fellowship at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he married Louise Johnson, a colleague in the math department.


    Because of his math skills, he served as a navigator with the Naval Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II. He later resumed his studies at Yale and obtained his Ph.D in math in 1947, then returned to teach at Reed, until Victor Butterfield, then the president of Wesleyan, recruited him in 1953 as part of a campaign to strengthen the faculty there.


    Rosenbaum became concerned about the quality of the high school math and science courses his students had taken, and started a small summer program to provide professional development for high school teachers. An executive with the General Electric Foundation called Rosenbaum with idea about improving the way high school math and science were taught, and Rosenbaum went down to GE headquarters in Fairfield to talk about it.


    Rosenbaum outlined his own ideas on helping teachers gain a better background in their subjects, and walked away with a donation of $200,000 as seed money to improve his program. Rosenbaum directed or guided PIMMS, which grew to include pre-school and elementary school teachers from around Connecticut, from 1979 to 1994. Currently, the program, which has offered summer programs to hundreds of teachers, is being administered by Central Connecticut State University.


    Among the courses Rosembaum gave was one called Patterns and Chaos, which he taught along with professors of music, biology and history, “searching for things that defy pattern making, which may be thought of as chaotic.”


    Rosenbaum was always interested in athletics, and became a squash player at Yale. He continued to play, and won several national awards in his age group until he outlived the age categories and played until he turned 90. Wesleyan named its squash center for him, and he carried the Olympic torch on its way to Atlanta in 1996. He went rafting at age 83 and hiked in the Rockies at 10,000 feet when he was 100.


    After his wife died in 1980, Rosenbaum married Marjorie Rice Daltry, a Wesleyan professor. She died in 2013, and he is survived by his three sons, Robert, Joseph and David, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


    He received many honors, including Wesleyan’s Baldwin Medal, and the city of Middletown twice honored him with a Robert A. Rosenbaum Day. He wrote articles in many journals and published three books and was active in professional organizations.

    “He was a gifted teacher and loved teaching, said Scheibe. “He’d make the hard parts simple , and made everyone love it.”

    “He was interested in absolutely everything,” Greene said. “He always wanted to get something accomplished and knew how to do it.”

  • 10/10/2018 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MoMath enthusiast,

    Join Ben Orlin, math educator and author of Math with Bad Drawings, on Friday, October 19 at 6:00 pm as he discusses how seemingly useless bits of pure mathematics often find surprising applications  from the genetics of sibling resemblence to the Death Star.

    How is it that, from knot theory to meta-logic to higher-dimensional geometry, the math that sounds the most fanciful turns out to be the most useful?  Register to find out, and learn more at orlin.momath.org.

    Regards,
    National Museum of Mathematics


  • 09/11/2018 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    A Girls STEM Experience event is being held at the Connecticut Convention Center on October 27th. This event is sponsored by the Petit Family Foundation and the Space Foundation.  Accredited and award-winning educators will lead educational, interactive activities to spark interest in STEM.  See the attached flyer for additional information and to register.

  • 09/07/2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous
    Virtual Learning: Core Advocate Webinar Series

    We are thrilled about the 2018 fall and winter lineup of webinars we have in store for Core Advocates! Mark your calendars and invite colleagues to join you the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. ET for learning, collaboration, and an opportunity to hear from Core Advocates about their classrooms and schools! Register today! Even if you can't attend, your registration ensures you get notified once recordings are available! Topics include:
    September Core Advocate Mini-Webinar: Leveraging Pear Deck to Actively Engage Students

    Take your lessons to the next level and see your students interact with instructional content in real-time using the free version of Pear Deck. In this mini-webinar, you’ll learn how to create presentations and interactive student activities that allow teachers to monitor an entire classes’ work at once. You’ll learn how to use the tool to observe trends, understand students’ thought processes, identify where you need to give more support, and more. Discover the many possibilities this user-friendly platform provides to creatively engage your students with standards-aligned content. Join us on Wednesday, September 12 for this mini-webinar from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET!
    Register for the September Core Advocate Mini-Webinar!


  • 09/06/2018 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    The 2018 Congressional App Challenge is now underway!  They welcome and encourage all high school students from Connecticut to participate.

    Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields.  This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

    Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.  We encourage each student or group to visit the official challenge website <http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/> for resources and competition details, including important dates, rules and submission requirements.  The deadline for submissions is October 15.

    The apps will be judged by experts within the academic field and winners for each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website<http://www.house.gov/> and displayed at a U.S. Capitol exhibit. All five Connecticut Congressional Districts are participating.

    We hope your students will participate in this exciting event.  

    CTCSTA will be hosting a reception for all five winning teams at the Connecticut State Capitol on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

  • 09/04/2018 5:49 PM | Anonymous

    Middle School is an ideal time for students to explore challenge based learning across the curriculum.  Challenge based learning has many benefits for students including increased engagement and content knowledge acquisition and is an ideal way to incorporate the eight science and engineering practices outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards. If you are interested in learning how to incorporate more challenge based learning into your middle school curriculum in any content area you will benefit from this professional development session from the learning specialists at EdAdvance’s Skills21. Skills21's evidence-based program has been recognized by the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation as an exemplary model for driving student STEM success. Skills21 has worked with schools and communities in CT for nearly 20 years.

    There is no cost for this professional development and we will serve a continental breakfast with tea and coffee and lunch.  

    Date : Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:30AM-2:30PM 
    Location: The Chrysalis Center, Hartford, CT (255 Homestead Ave, Hartford, CT 06112)

    To register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSJ9TYK-GmMsSGDAzyUXiND997l8VaG-MiAIxvRifr0Z7RQQ/viewform
    Contact Liz Radday (radday@edadvance.org) with any questions.  

  • 08/29/2018 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    In alignment with a MSP Grant with Hartford Public Schools, Code.org is offering free workshops for K-5 educators interested in teaching the Code.org elementary computer science curriculum.  The workshops will be held at the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.  The K-2 training is scheduled for September 8, 2018 and the 3-5 training will occur on September 29, 2018.  A stipend is available for participating teachers.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

  • 08/29/2018 2:25 PM | Anonymous
    Grant Writing Part Two: Writing a Statement of Need 
    Aug. 30 | 7 p.m. Central time
    Learn more and register »
    The needs statement in any grant is crucial to framing the entire grant proposal. Attend this webinar, the second in a series of sessions exploring effective practices for writing grant proposals, as we focus on steps to writing a compelling needs statement:
    • Beginning the process of identifying problems or issues affecting student performance and describe why this is occurring
    • Presenting data that supports the existence of the problem
    • Proposing ways you feel a solution to this problem is important for your students’ needs and how this can be of interest to the funding source
    Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which may qualify for school- or district-level professional development credit.
    Presenters:
    Jen Cezar
    Grant Partnership Consultant
    Texas Instruments
    Doris Teague
    Grants Outreach Consultant
    Dallas, Texas
    Sign up now »
    If you missed the previous grant writing webinar on finding funding sources, you can watch it on‑demand
    Upcoming webinar:
    Sept. 20 – Grant Writing Part Three: Developing a Budget
    Come explore how to prepare a budget for your grant, including making projections about the future of the grant, the short-and-long-term outcomes that are expected, and what this might cost.
    Sign up now »
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