Outreach
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Our future scientists, inventors, and developers need to love mathematics; it's everywhere! Like it or not, mathematics can be challenging. But we at MEGL know that mathematics is beautiful, fun, and enthralling. We want to share the positive side of mathematics with you! We have activities for elementary school, middle school, and high school students, and we are filling our calendar now. Contact us to set a date. Please scroll to the bottom to see descriptions of our offerings.

Number of students reached: 2197

Calendar

Fall 2017

  1. 10/2/17: You Can Count on Monsters, Thomas Jefferson Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm

Summer 2017

  1. 5/25/17: Really BIG Numbers, Fairfax County Association for the Gifted,Braddock Hall, 7:00pm-8:00pm (34 elementary school students)
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  2. 6/5/17: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Robinson Secondary School, 9:30am-12:45pm (56 high school students)
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  3. 6/6/17: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Robinson Secondary School, 9:30am-12:45pm (48 high school students)
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  4. 6/29/17: FOCUS Camp Math Day at George Mason University, 9am-3:15pm

Spring 2017

  1. 1/30/17: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Westminster School field trip to GMU, 12pm-2pm (20 middle school students)
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  2. 2/9/17: Snowflake Symmetry, Liberty Middle School, 1:30pm-3:30pm (40 middle school students)
    2017-02-09
  3. 2/10/17: Really BIG Numbers, Fairhill Elementary School, 11:45am-12:45pm (25 elementary school students)
    2017-02-10
  4. 2/11/17: Really BIG Numbers, Centreville Regional Library, 10:30am-11:30am (7 elementary school students)
    2017-02-11
  5. 2/17/17: Really BIG Numbers, Fairhill Elementary School, 11:45am-12:45pm (29 elementary school students)
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  6. 3/1/17: Snowflake Symmetry, Glasgow Middle School, 3:45pm-4:45pm (12 middle school students)
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  7. 3/9/17: Really BIG Numbers, Saint Joseph School, 1:00pm-3:00pm (49 elementary school students)
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  8. 3/15/17: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Oakton High School, 11:00am-1:30pm (60 high school students). This event is part of the Nifty-Fifty Program
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  9. 3/22/17: You Can Count on Monsters, Kings Park Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm (13 elementary school students)
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  10. 3/26/17: Snowflake Symmetry, Fairfax Math Circle, 2:15pm-3:45pm (7 elementary school students)
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  11. 4/3/17: Really BIG Numbers, Centre Ridge Elementary School, 9:15am-11:45am (47 elementary school students)
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  12. 4/4/17: Really BIG Numbers, Centre Ridge Elementary School, 9:15am-11:45am (45 elementary school students)
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  13. 4/5/17: Really BIG Numbers, Centre Ridge Elementary School, 9:15am-11:45am (50 elementary school students)
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  14. 4/6/17: Really BIG Numbers, Braddock Elementary School, 1:30pm-3:30pm (45 elementary school students)
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  15. 4/7/17: Really BIG Numbers, Braddock Elementary School, 9:10am-11:15am (43 elementary school students)
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  16. 4/12/17: Really BIG Numbers, Kings Park Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm (6 participants)
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  17. 5/3/17: Snowflake Symmetry, W.T. Woodson High School, 12:20pm-2:55pm (56 participants)
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  18. 5/4/17: Snowflake Symmetry, W. T. Woodson High School, 1:20pm-2:55pm (28 participants)
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Fall 2016

  1. 9/8/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (45 elementary school students)
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  2. 9/12/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (45 elementary school students)
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  3. 9/13/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (45 elementary school students)
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  4. 9/14/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (45 elementary school students)
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  5. 9/19/16: Really BIG Numbers, Thomas Jefferson Library, 5pm-6pm (8 elementary school students)
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  6. 9/22/16: Really BIG Numbers, Chinn Park Regional Library, 7pm-8pm (20 elementary school students)
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  7. 9/26/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (50 elementary school students)
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  8. 9/27/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 9:30am-10:30am (21 elementary school students)
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  9. 9/28/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (37 elementary school students)
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  10. 9/29/16: Really BIG Numbers, Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 2 activities between 8:30am and 10:30am (53 elementary school students)
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  11. 10/17/16: You Can Count on Monsters, Thomas Jefferson Library, 5pm-6pm (10 elementary school students)
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  12. 10/20/16: Really BIG Numbers, Hunters Woods Elementary School, 9:00am-11:00am (44 elementary school students)
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  13. 10/21/16: Really BIG Numbers, Hunters Woods Elementary School, 9:00am-11:00am (50 elementary school students)
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  14. 10/24/16: Really BIG Numbers, Hunters Woods Elementary School, 9:00am-11:00am (45 elementary school students)
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  15. 11/10/16: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Bryant Alternative Learning Center, 8:30am-10:00am (7 high school students)
  16. 11/19/16: Really BIG Numbers, George Mason Regional Library, 2:30pm-3:30pm (12 elementary school students)
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  17. 12/03/16: Really BIG Numbers, George Mason Regional Library, 2:00pm-3:00pm (13 elementary school students)
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Summer 2016

  1. 7/14/16: FOCUS Camp Math Day at George Mason University, 4 activities between 9am and 3pm (100 7th-9th grade students)
    2016-07-14
  2. 7/27/16: Really BIG Numbers, Hunters Woods Elementary School, 10am (24 elementary school students)
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Spring 2016

  1. 1/11/16: You Can Count on Monsters, Thomas Jefferson Library, 7pm (5 elementary school students)
    2016-01-11
  2. 1/19/16: You Can Count on Monsters,Patrick Henry Library, 10:30am (7 elementary school students)
    2016-01-19
  3. 3/10/16: You Can Count on Monsters, Oakton Library, 4:30pm (9 elementary school students)
    2016-03-10
  4. 3/18/16: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Robinson Secondary School, 3 activities between 8am and 1pm (Total of 73 high school students)
    2016-03-18
  5. 3/22/16: Really BIG Numbers, Centreville Regional Library, 10:30am (13 elementary school students)
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  6. 4/8/16: Career Day at Terra Centre Elementary, 8:30am-11:30am (300 students)
  7. 4/19/16: Really BIG Numbers, Hunters Woods Elementary School, 2 activities between 9:00am and 12:00pm (54 elementary school students)
    2016-04-19
  8. 4/28/16: Really BIG Numbers, Hunters Woods Elementary School, 3 activities between 12:00pm and 3:20pm (71 elementary school students)
    2016-04-28
  9. 5/09/16: Really BIG Numbers, Thomas Jefferson Library, 5:00pm (29 elementary school students)
    2016-05-09
  10. 5/23/16: Really BIG Numbers, City of Fairfax Regional Library, 4:30pm (16 elementary school students)
    2016-05-23
  11. 6/2/16: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Robinson Secondary School, 2 events between 9:30am and 12:40pm (46 high school students)
    2016-06-02
  12. 6/13/16: Your Teachers are Lying to You, Robinson Secondary School, 2 events between 11:05am and 2:45pm (41 high school students)
    2016-06-12

Fall 2015

  1. 9/27/15: Your Teachers are Lying to You, GMU Math Circle, 2:30-4pm (15 elementary school students)
  2. 10/8/15: You Can Count on Monsters, City of Fairfax Regional Library, 4:30pm (15 elementary school students)
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  3. 10/17/15: Your Teachers are Lying to You, NOVA Community College, Loudoun (21 kids over three sessions)
  4. 11/7/15: You Can Count on Monsters, Centreville Regional Library, 10:30am (10 participants)
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  5. 11/19/15: Hyperbolic Crochet, City of Fairfax Regional Library, 7pm (10 participants)
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Summer 2015

  1. You Can Count on Monsters: 1:30pm-2:30pm, August 4, 2015, Rec-PAC at Bonnie Brae Elementary School, (48 Elementary Age Children)
  2. Your teachers are lying to you: 2-3pm, August 29, 2015 at UIUC, (20 attendees)

Outreach from 2009-2014

Presentations/Activities

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You Can Count on Monsters

This activity is designed for grades 1 through 3 (this is somewhat flexible). The students learn about prime numbers, the “atoms” of the counting numbers. They arrange glass beads into rectangular arrays and then decompose them, while drawing a “number tree” to keep track of their work. When they’re finished they create paper plate Monsters that represent the prime number decomposition of their original number. Then they try to decode each others’ Monsters to figure out what numbers they represent.

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Really BIG Numbers

This activity is designed for grades 4 through 6 (this is somewhat flexible). How big is REALLY big? How can we imagine numbers like a Googol, which has 100 zeros? What about numbers that make a Googol seem tiny? How far up do numbers go? This activity is designed for elementary school students. By stepping through different orders of magnitude, using hands-on activities along the way, students gain an intuition for the sheer magnitude of the real numbers.

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Snowflake Symmetry

This activity is designed for grades 7 through 10 (this is somewhat flexible). Is there more to math than numbers? Can we "multiply" things that aren't numbers? How about the motions (or, symmetries) of a snowflake? What does a symmetry multiplication table look like, and what can it tell us about the motions a snowflake makes as it falls? How are snowflake symmetries the same as numbers? How are they different? In this activity students create their own paper snowflakes and experiment with them to explore these questions. Along the way we discover beauty hiding just beneath the surface, and find there is more to math than we thought!

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Your Teachers are Lying to You

This activity is designed for grades 9 through 11 (this is somewhat flexible). The students learn what they’ve been taught in school isn’t necessarily the truth! They experience simple mathematical “facts” being turned on their heads by changing the context in which they appear. Through kinesthetic activities and manipulatives including balloons and special clocks, they see that 2+2 isn’t always 4, that triangles aren’t what they thought they were, that some squares have negative area, and that it is possible to divide by 0.

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Hyperbolic Crochet

This activity is designed for anyone in 10th grade (this is somewhat flexible) to adult. We first teach participants about the "Cinderella" of geometry—the least appreciated and most beautiful. We then teach participants how to crochet so they can make their own exotic shapes in yarn.

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Coming Soon: Follow-up lesson plans for all activities for interested teachers/students.

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